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Michael Eavis at Glastonbury 2004
Michael Eavis at Glastonbury 2004

Eavis angry at agency offering Glastonbury 2005 tickets

The organisers of the Glastonbury Festival are warning fans to beware of a website which is already offering tickets for 2005's event.

"It's not certain we're running even, so it's absolute rubbish to be selling tickets for an event that might not even happen."
Michael Eavis

It's still a number of months before the dates and the line-up for the three-day event will be announced.

An entertainment licence for the event from Mendip District Council is also yet to be approved.

But is already offering tickets to Glastonbury 2005 at £237 - that's more than twice the price of this year's tickets at £110.

Watchdog investigates
The site is offering tickets for sale

This week the BBC's consumer programme, Watchdog, investigated complaints from customers about tickets for other events that they had bought on the website.

Founder and managing director of, Michael Rangos told Watchdog: "Glastonbury has been a best seller for

"We did provide ID as that was what was required for Glastonbury this year.

"The company has been operation for two years and we've had few complaints."

Festival-goers at Glastonbury 2004
Festival-goers enjoying Glastonbury 2004

Glastonbury organiser, Michael Eavis said: "It's not certain we're running even, so it's absolute rubbish to be selling tickets for an event that might not even happen."

What do you think about the sale of tickets for Glastonbury generally? You can add your comments to this page below.

This page was first published on Friday 10 September 2004.

last updated: 27/05/05
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Surely the easiest thing would be to limit the number of tickets that people can buy? At the moment, most official ticket retailers will allow a maximum of 10 tickets - who seriously is going to have 9 friends who (a) all want to go to the same event, and (b) are utterly incapable of buying their own tickets?! I say bring that down to a maximum of 4. That way, people can't buy in bulk to either sell on Ebay or sell through these broker sites. Now I'm all for Ebay tickets if you've got ill or broken your leg, or there's been a family emergency and you can't go - but to buy tickets just to sell them off at a profit, its just wrong!

juniper berry
we have been supporting and attending the festival now for over twenty years and was unhappy last year at spending hours and hours at the computer in order to buy tickets .What if people dont have access to a computer. Why are there no tickets for sale from local outlets? i have seen many changes in the way people are admitted to the festival over the years ,but it has never been as hard to purchase them as it was last year,quite frankly it was a pain! try and make it better for all us loyal glasto followers. PLEASE!

Have a fund-raising scheme. Groups of people (i guess it would have to be a fixed number) could apply for a fund raising pack supplied through the glastonbury organisers. Then the groups that raise the most money for charity get advanced allocation of tickets. This could be held from January and would give the real fans a fighting chance of getting tickets, promote fund raising and be fun. The rest of the tickets could go on sale as usual in April.

I remember when the tickets took 6 weeks to sell out, it gave you chance to save, check the line up and decide whether you wanted to see that list of acts and be with that crowd. Now it`s mental. Release 1/3 of the tickets to local ticket agency`s, 1/3 to the internet and 1/3 to a nationwide network of outlets. Release 1/30 a day for a month then you have 30 chances to be first on the net, a chance to get one locally and a chance to get a national type too and that`s 90 chances instead of 1 day as currently operates. Have named tickets too so you have to show ID at the festival to get yer band...

Tim H
If I can't get tickets via the official booking line this year, then I will buy them from a reputable buyer at an inflated cost. Glastonbury is one of my favourite events, and I don't want to miss it again and am prepared to pay over the odds. In fact, I would suggest a fasttrack or advanced booking service that charges an extra £25 to guarantee a ticket, and of course this could all go to charity. I would much rather pay more in advance then spend the whole day trying to get through to the ticket line again !

crazy jane
The tickets should be released over 2/3 days (one w/end day). I managed to get a couple of tickets last year, however 2003 was impossible because I had an exam on the release day and my friends were working!

Johnny scouser
How about selling through outlets around the country i.e ticket offices of concert venues, for 50% of the allocation, the rest phone/net ? Either that or reduce the size of the fences!!

wouldn't a slow-release on tickets (say 10,000 at a time) be a better idea? that way people who miss out initially are more likely to wait for a second or third wave of tickets rather than going to touts with extortionate prices. People only buy tickets from companies like getmetickets because they are afraid that they will miss out, with a slow release on tickets, there won't be such an initial rush and there will be no need to go to touts. A lotto will give everyone an equal chance to go, but tickets will still find their way to touts and those who wouldn't miss it for love or money will end up paying the extortionate prices. This problem with tickets has only been in the last couple of years because of the super-fence keeping out jumpers, but rather this than the craziness in 2000, you could hardly move for all the people and the top of the sight was scary at night. i didn't go last year for personal reasons and in 2003 i bought tickets off the web (which I am still angry at myself about) I hate myself for it but I would still pay over the odds if it came to it, as would many other people.

Jimmy the Perv
Lotto is a terrible idea - just gonna cause havoc much like the 24hr hell of tryin to get tickets this year. I managed to get some through a valuable contact in the end but it was a right hassle. Please Eavis' just sell the tickets to a bunch of outletters - 2 per person so we all get a chance. And all this rubbish about no atmos at 2002 - I was there at 2000 - got my tent robbed - my clothes nicked an got in a fight with a theiving little scally. There were ques to get into ques and the toilets were filthy. Id rather have a few less freeloaders and be able to leave my tent alone.....

Random Dave
I certainly don't think a lottery is a good idea. This will probably result in more people who have tickets selling them for extortionate prices as their friends didn't get tickets. I wouldn't go if I was the only one out of my friends to get a ticket and the temptation would be to sell it on Ebay. One method to eliminate ticket reselling would be to distribute from high street outlets using retina scan security. You buy your ticket, they scan your retina. When you get to the gate there is a similar machine which recognises you and hey presto, you're in. Finger print recognition would also work. Unwanted tickets can be returned to the store where purchased up to a cetain date before the festival and be reentered into the system for another buyer. By the way, if this method is used then I reserve the right of patent beneficiary. :-D

If Glastonbury sellers where more quicker at answering there calls and booking people on.You wouldn't have this problem. Oh Yeah! I'm a very happy customer with "Get Me"

waller and maisie at school
we cant wait we had trouble last year we hope it gets sorted

I couldnt get tickets for glastonbury this year or the last couple of years and am determined to go this time round but i dont think its right to have to pay up to 350 quid for tickets. Something should be done - the official website only should sell the only and they should maybe limit buyers to two tickets each as its a massive problem and one that needs sorting

Jodie Vowles
I couldn't get tickets last year and I refused to get ripped off, so l didn't go!

field dweller
well bob no wonder you didn't have any problems getting tickets in 01!!the festival wasn't even on that year but i do agree with the point of the hysteria which is caused by the i say put them on sale but only release the date they go on sale to people who write in and ask.


festival tume*
This is a major Problem which needs to be sorted out. it would be a huge shame not to put on the festival, but if things do go ahead i believe that the lottery system isn't the idea. What will happen to the people who go every year, and the group of friends that'll be seperated? organise 1 website to offically sell tickets.

Yeh, big up bob

I think bobs totally right.

Because of a few b*****d's trying to flog tickets on ebay and even dodgier touts selling questionable tickets, fear of tickets selling out has become rife, inducing mass ticket buying hysterics, which in turn has made the whole thing a nightmarish gamble, pitting your wits against jammed phone boards and crashing servers. In 01 i bought tickets a month after they had gone on sale! Something (don't ask me what) needs to be done to combat the problem.

Wait for the new dont pre jump and get ripped off, Michael has the interested of the public at heart so bare with him.

how are you meant to know how when and who toget your ticket from. so many ppl want to go that everyone will just snap up any chance to get one. somthing needs to be done

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