Glastonbury organisers discussed possibility of a ticket ballot

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Glastonbury Festival co-organiser Emily Eavis has said that while a discussion has previously been held around a ticket ballot system for the event, it could result in people that were not “as bothered about coming” ending up with entry.

Eavis was responding to a question about how to deal with the increasing demand for tickets from former Radio 1 DJs Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw on a special edition of their ‘Sidetracked’ podcast.

Tickets for the UK’s flagship festival are snapped up super quickly every year, often leaving swathes of disappointed festival-goers.

This year saw coach bundles snapped up in 25 minutes, while general tickets sold out within an hour.

Organisers then revealed there would be a limited number of resale tickets after witnessing the highest-ever percentage of festival-goers paying for their tickets in full.

The subsequent coach bundle resale sold out in less than 20 minutes, while fans snapped up tickets for the general resale in 22 minutes.

When asked about the possibility of a ballot system, Eavis told the Sidetracked podcast, as per NME: “It’s been a discussion actually. I think there are so many people on our database that are registered for tickets. And I think a lot of them don’t try as hard as [others].

“Half of them try really, really, really hard [to buy tickets] and half of them maybe try and then don’t – they’re not as bothered about coming. So I’m not saying… it’s hard to say the percentage exactly.

“And I think if we did a ballot, we’d end up with some people [getting tickets] who weren’t necessarily as bothered about coming.”

Eavis added: “It’s really hard to say this year ’cause I know a lot of people didn’t get tickets, and they wanted them. But a lot of the time, people who really, really want them do get them through volunteering or through competitions.

“I know it’s hard, it is hard. It’s one of the worst sides to the job… there aren’t enough tickets for everybody.”

Glastonbury will take place on Worthy Farm in Somerset from June 26-30, and will feature headline performances from Dua Lipa, Coldplay and SZA.