And so the Glasto ticket saga continues. With the 2024 festival’s tickets vanishing in a flash during the general sale, fans are now rallying for a change.
The iconic event, set to paint Worthy Farm with music and revelry from 26th – 30th June, saw tickets disappear in less than one hour, leaving many fans ticketless and frustrated.
This mad dash for tickets isn’t new for Glastonbury devotees. But this year, the outcry is louder, with fans advocating for a ballot system – a fairer ticket allocation method reminiscent of Wimbledon and increasingly popular for high-profile music events like Taylor Swift’s ‘Eras’ tour.
Social media has become a sounding board for these calls. Fans, weary of the scramble and the inevitable disappointment, are proposing a more random, stress-free approach. “Just. Do. A. Ballot. Equal chance for all,” one Twitter user pleads, echoing the sentiments of many.
— Jonathan R 💙💛 (@toadsy_boro) November 19, 2023
The idea isn’t far-fetched. Ballots could potentially replace hours of refresh-button agony with a more serene, equitable ticketing process. “Why not a random ballot for all registrees and an email notification to say the outcome then a one-day window to pay? Just sayin…” suggests another disgruntled user, offering a glimpse of a less frantic Glastonbury ticketing future.
20 minutes of my life i’ll never get back. seems everyone agrees on the idea of doing a ballot apart from Glastonbury themselves. Sunday morning should be fun. https://t.co/KLx2av7eij
— Morgan (@morgan_gabbott) November 16, 2023
Do a ballot ya weirdos and save us all an hour
— Joe (@Joelfc91) November 19, 2023
While not directly responding to these calls, the festival organisers promised a re-sale of any cancelled or returned tickets in spring 2024. But for many, this doesn’t address the underlying issue of a system that favours the fastest clickers rather than the most devoted fans.
The annual Glastonbury frenzy, a ritual for music lovers, has taken a toll. The push for a ballot system reflects a growing desire for change – for a fair, efficient process and less of an emotional rollercoaster.
As discussions continue and fans wait for next year’s sale, one thing is clear: the Glastonbury ticket experience is ripe for reinvention.