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Glastonbury 2008: Fans must register for tickets

Michael Eavis

Story by Jack Foley

GLASTONBURY revellers will have to register for tickets in February to stand any chance of attending the festival in June.

Music fans must submit their contact details and a passport photo in order to be eligible to buy tickets when they go on sale on April 6, 2008.

The registration policy is an extension of the scheme that was launched last year by organiser Michael Eavis in a bid to stop ticket touts.

Each ticket will feature a photograph of the buyer and will not be transferable, meaning that there is little or no chance of them being sold for profit on sites like ebay or outside the venue. This year’s photographs will also be sharper of each owner to avoid any confusion at the gate.

This year’s Glastonbury Festival takes place on Mr Eavis’s farm in Pilton, Somerset, from June 27 to 29 and although no names have yet been revealed, rumours persist of possible performances by Amy Winehouse and Kylie Minogue.

Mr Eavis has refused to fuel speculation and would only tell the BBC’s Points West programme that he was putting on a black American headliner who would appeal to a younger audience – as is his intention this year.

Registration for tickets will commenace at 9am GMT on February 1 and closes at midnight on February 29. It can be done via the Glastonbury website or by collecting a form from Millets, the camping shop.

However, registration does not guarantee a ticket – it merely enables prospective fans to purchase them if they are successful in getting through in time. Demand for tickets is always notoriously high and has led to several website and phone line crashes in the past.

Last year, an estimated 400,000 people registered for the 137,500 tickets that were available last year.

But Mr Eavis has pledged to try to create more camping space this year if Mendip District Council agrees to move the fences.

He also revealed that unsigned bands and artists are being offered the chance to play one of the main stages at this year’s event through a new talent competition being launched by the festival.

Acts can enter the competition by uploading two tracks to the Q magazine website before January 27.