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Major price increase for Glastonbury 2023 tickets

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Glastonbury Festival, the UK’s flagship summer event, will set back attendees £340 (€390/$384) next year for a standard ticket. 

Festival-goers will have to pay £335 plus a £5 booking fee, with a £50 deposit to be paid when tickets go on sale next month.

Tickets last went on sale in 2019, before the 2020 and 2021 festivals were cancelled due to the pandemic, and cost £265 with a booking fee. Tickets for the 2019 festival, which went on sale in 2018, cost £248 plus a £5 booking fee.

Glastonbury will return to Worthy Farm in Somerset from June 21-25 next year, with tickets to go on sale on November 6. In order to try their luck at securing a ticket, fans must register before purchasing to help stop ticket touts.

Organiser Emily Eavis outlined the stark reality of the price rise, revealing that even one of the largest festivals in the world is struggling with rising costs in the entertainment sector.

She said on Twitter: “I wanted to post about the Glastonbury 2023 ticket price which was announced today [Monday]. We have tried very hard to minimise the increase in price on the ticket but we’re facing enormous rises in the costs of running this vast show, whilst still recovering from the huge financial impact of two years without a festival because of COVID.

“The £50 deposit on ticket sales day in November will be the same as ever, with the balance not due until April. And, as always, there will be opportunities for many thousands of people to come as volunteers or as part of the crew.

“In these incredibly challenging times, we want to continue to bring you the best show in the world and provide our charities with funds which are more vital than ever. We are, as always, hugely appreciative of your ongoing support.”

The Glastonbury 2023 line-up has not yet been revealed, but this year’s headliners included Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar.