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Countdown to Glasto 2008 starts here
The world's biggest music festival, Glastonbury, is returning for its 38th year. So what have the Eavis' got in store and how can you get a highly sought-after ticket?
The countdown to the world's biggest music festival has begun as festival organiser Michael Eavis has confirmed that Jay-Z will headline the Pyramid Stage on Saturday.
In an exclusive interview with BBC Somerset, Michael said he wanted to "break with tradition" and "put on something totally different" in order to attract a younger audience.
"He will appeal to the young people and under-25s for sure, so that's a big pull for them. It's not like the traditional one we do, like Radiohead, Coldplay and Muse and Oasis."
Anyone who wants to attend this year's festival will have to register for tickets by completing the registration form which includes uploading a passport-sized photograph of yourself.
Organiser Michael Eavis said the scheme, which was successfully trialled in 2007, aims at preventing ticket touts and was "the only way" to sell tickets.
"It worked a treat. There's no touting or anything- people pay a fair price and it doesn't get inflated.
"Everyone's happy about that, including the bands. The bands don't like their show tickets going for double the money – they feel that they should get a part of that extra income so they're bothered about it as well."
Michael said the scheme was also good for security reasons.
"I don't know why no-one else does it, it is quite cheap to do – less
"So it's safer for the authorities, it's safer for the police, and it's certainly better for us because the prices don't get inflated and it's the perfect way to control the numbers."
"Down in the dumps"
The Who, Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs and Amy Winehouse were some of the acts who performed at the festival last year. So what was the highlight for Michael?
The festival is in its 38th year
"Shirley Bassey was good, wasn't she? She was really good but so were The Killers and The Arctic Monkeys.
"For me personally John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame was the best thing. It was so spot on, he was so good – he's a real star."
With the festival attracting over 175,000 people, does Michael get the time to see many acts?
"I don't see very much but I've just been down to Cornwall- we've got a little terraced house in Newlyn near Penzance. I went down for New Year's with my wife and we sat and watched all the DVDs of all the stages from last year that the BBC do. So at the end of the day, I see everything, it's all on DVD and I thought 'my God, this is fantastic'!
"I was a little bit down in the dumps about the mud and whether the sound was right [there were problems with people being at the front of the stage not being able to hear The Killers] and that kind of thing and when I sat down in Cornwall for four days and watched everything it was so good. It built my energy right up, I've been on a flyer ever since."
So who's going to be playing? As usual, it's a closely guarded secret however Michael did admit that there's a "really good strong American black artist to appeal to the young people" and there are rumours abound that Amy Winehouse will return.
"For the Jazz World stage I went out to find five headliners, thinking I'd get two – and you know what, I got all five!"
Glastonbury 2008 takes places on the 27th-29th June.
last updated: 04/02/2008 at 01:15
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