Glastonbury Festival locals have been demanding that the 2019 event provide them with more tickets following a “ridiculous” sale.
The residents of Somerset have launched a petition requesting more tickets, despite the local ticket allocation having increased from previous years.
The petition entitled ‘Make Michael/Emily Eavis hold back more local tickets for Glastonbury Festival!!’ has been set up by an anonymous “disgruntled local” who explained that the locals have to deal with a lot of commotion in the lead-up to the event, as the enormous pop-up city is built and 200,000 people descend on the area.
The petition, created on change.org, reads: “Glastonbury Festival is pretty great. But not when you are outside the festival dealing with the back lash with no ticket and living locally.
“We deal with a lot of s**t being local to the festival – traffic being the number one issue, practically making the whole of the region gridlocked, as well as noise and pollution (*cough* rivers – decline in marine life since the festival *cough*), also general interference.
“Every year in my memory locals have had a good chance of getting tickets which makes this all bearable. This year something has clearly gone wrong.
“You may have seen Twitter posts or articles in the local press but a lot of locals are left frustrated as a large proportion will have to deal with the festival without the relief that at least I have a ticket so all’s good!
“Local people’s money is just as good as the rest of country’s so sell us some more, there’s clearly demand.”
So far, the petition has been signed by more than 500 people, and Glastonbury has provided a comprehensive response.
It begins: “We wish it was possible for everyone who wanted to get a Glastonbury ticket to be able to book one, however with almost 2 million people registered for tickets – and 135,000 available – it is unfortunately inevitable that the majority of people who were hoping to book tickets will have missed out.
“Although our data shows that a significant proportion of the tickets sold in the general sale earlier this month did go to those living close to the festival, we actually made more tickets available in this year’s locals-only sale than ever before. It remains very important to us to give locals that extra chance.”
The remainder of the festival’s response can be read here.
The petition concludes: “Local tickets sold out in eleven minutes on Thursday (October 18) and three minutes on Saturday (October 20) which is unheard of for locals.
“So sort us out please Mike.”