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Glastonbury 2007: Thousands register for tickets

The Arctic Monkeys

Story by Jack Foley

OVER 100,000 people signed up for Glastonbury tickets on the first day of the festival’s new registration system.

A new website has been set up that’s designed to beat ticket touts that requires fans to submit their details and a passport photo. They are then issued with a unique code that must be quoted when tickets – costing £150 – go on sale on April 1.

A spokesman told the BBC that the registration process was running smoothly despite initial reports of problems with the website.

And in spite of the first day surge, fans still have until February 28 to register – and it’s not first come, first served.

Organisers are currently attempting to ensure that news of the website reaches as many people as possible, to avoid complaints that festival-goers were unable to get tickets because they were unaware of the new process.

For those who have yet to register, the registration website will be open until the end of the month. But if you can’t get online, then forms can also be collected from Millets camping shops.

Registration does not guarantee a ticket and there’s no advantage for those who register early.

As part of many environmental initiatives attached to this year’s festival programme, organisers have also announced intentions to sell combined festival and travel tickets in an effort to boost Glastonbury’s “green credentials”.

“We are looking to increase the capacity this year from 150,000 to 175,000,” said Melvyn Benn, managing director of Mean Fiddler, which holds the licence for the festival. “Needless to say, one of the significant impacts could be the additional traffic that will create.”

“But I have put together a combined ticket and coach package and we’re arranging for the coaches to arrive at the least busiest times,” he maintained.

Comfirmed acts so far include The Who, The Arctic Monkeys and Bjork but rumours persist that the Chemical Brothers, Eric Clapton, Madness, The Kooks and Scissor Sisters will all be playing some part.

Glastonbury will take place from 22-24 June subject to approval from the local council. If approved, the event will be the biggest in its 35-year history.

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  1. Bring it on !!

    lee harris    Feb 22    #