It’s that time of year again, when we all cross our fingers, toes, arms and legs in hope of bagging a Glastonbury ticket.
Last year, tickets for the Worthy Farm extravaganza sold out in little over half an hour — all 200,000 of them. And with this year being the festival’s 50th anniversary, and the hype even higher than usual, it’s likely to be particularly arduous trying to bag a ticket.
However, there are a few things you and your hopeful pals can do to maximise your chances of success.
First things first: the timings. The first batch of tickets will go on sale tonight at 6pm. These are the coach and ticket packages, in which you are obliged to buy both coach travel and a full weekend ticket.
At 9am on Sunday October 6, the standard weekend tickets will go on sale. This is usually the most popular time to buy tickets, as it allows you to travel to the festival however you wish.
In our guide, first we’ll focus on the tips and tricks that will definitely increase your chances of getting a ticket.
Then, we’ll run over the disputed tactics. Some people swear by them, while others reckon they don’t make a jot of difference — and with Glastonbury refusing to shed any light on whether these techniques actually work, it will be up to you whether you decide to employ them.
So, firstly, here are the surefire tips for buying a Glastonbury ticket:
Are you registered?
Now, let’s make sure we’re not falling at the first hurdle: did you register for tickets before the deadline on September 30?
If the answer is yes, then carry on reading. If not, then unfortunately your Glastonbury dream is over — only people who registered in advance can try to buy tickets. Oops.
Get into groups of six
If you’ve got a big gang of friends all trying to get tickets, then organise yourselves into groups of six. Glastonbury allows punters to buy up to six tickets per transaction, so if one of you gets through, they can buy for everyone.
Have everyone’s registration details ready
If you do manage to get through to the ticketing portal, you will be asked to enter your own details, as well as the details of anyone you’re buying for.
You’ll need to have everyone’s names, registration numbers and postcodes. Double, triple and quadruple check these are all correct, and have them open on your device, ready to copy and paste onto the Glastonbury website.
Make sure you’re on the right website
It might sound like an obvious piece of advice, but unlike many major festivals, Glastonbury only has one official ticket partner: See Tickets. Be sure to buy through them — the address is glastonbury.seetickets.com
Don’t miss the deadline
Whether you’re going for the coach packages on Thursday or the general sale on Sunday, it’s important not to be late. Make sure you’re all ready to go by the time they go on sale, or you could be wasting vital minutes.
Have enough money in your account
If you’re among the lucky ones to get through to the ticketing portal, then you will be asked to pay a £50 deposit for each ticket. As you can buy up to six tickets, the maximum amount of money any one person will need to pay at this point is £300, so make sure you have the necessary funds in your bank account.
The full balance will be due in April next year.
If you get through, then this only the first hurdle — but be sure not to lose your cool in all the excitement. If you enter any of the details wrong, whether that’s the registration numbers, the names, the postcodes, or your bank details, then the transaction will fail. So stay calm, take your time and make sure everything is correct.
Should I be using multiple devices and tabs?
Some people are adamant that you should have as many devices on the go as possible — laptops, tablets, phones, the lot. The thinking here is that if you have a few different devices trying at one time, then the ticketing system will see you as multiple people, therefore upping your chances.
There is a caveat, though — all those devices might slow down your internet if the connection isn’t too strong.
What’s more, you definitely shouldn’t use multiple tabs on the same device, as this runs the risk of confusing the ticketing system if one of the tabs gets through to the buying page.
Should I use wi-fi or 4G?
Some swear by the wisdom that devices connected to the internet via 4G have better chances of getting through — but this evidence seems to be purely anecdotal.
If are using wi-fi, make sure you’re using the strongest, most reliable connection you can. Nobody wants to suffer an outage right in the thick of it.
Should I be refreshing the page?
Here is another hotly contested topic. Some people insist on refreshing the page constantly, as they claim this will jump you up the queue. Others sit by and watch the page auto-refresh every 20 seconds.
No-one can say for certain which method works best, so the choice is yours.