Thousands of music lovers were left upset and frustrated yesterday (October 7) after tickets Glastonbury Festival 2013 sold out in less than two hours.
The chaos started at 9am yesterday morning when fans hit the phones and laptops when tickets for next year’s event.
At 10.40am the organisers posted this message on the festival website: “After one hour and 40 minutes, tickets for Glastonbury 2013 have now completely sold out (in record time).”
“We would like to say an enormous thanks to everyone who managed to buy a ticket – but we’d also like to extend our sincere apologies to the many thousands who missed out.”
” We’re genuinely humbled by the sheer number of people who would like to come to the Festival, and we dearly wish we could have you all along. Sadly, that just isn’t possible, which means a significant number of people have missed out.”
“Tickets were being sold throughout the morning – but demand simply outstripped supply. If you were one of those who managed to get a ticket, then we look forward to welcoming you to Worthy Farm in June.”
The statement went onto confirm that there is “likely to be a resale of returned tickets in the spring” as in previous years.
Glastonbury festival tickets sell out in record time (Wenn)
However, Twitter was soon flooded with complaints from frustrated music lovers that Glastonbury’s ticket site had failed to cope with the high demand.
@flashboy “Ah, the Glastonbury ticket website. It would be quicker and easier to form a band, record a crtically acclaimed album and start touring. (sic)”
While Ben Fuller added: ”Got through to the booking screen, typed out all the reference numbers, then got slapped in the face with the sold out stick, and it hurt.”
Music writer Liam Britnell also posted: ”Details entered, confirmation page loaded, click to proceed with payment…..GONE, F**K YOU GLASTONBURY”
Co-organiser of the festival Emily Eavis had previously announced a more efficient ticket system for this year. Speaking to NME Emily revealed: “We’ve got a new system which we’re trying out, and we’ve had assurance from See Tickets that it is going to work well and be much more efficient.”
“All I can say is that we’ve done all that we can to try and make it as quick as possible and not have people hanging on phone lines for hours.”
Glastonbury festival took a year off this summer and although the line-up for 2013 has yet to be announced rumoured headline acts include The Rolling Stones and The Smiths.
Did you get tickets? How easy/frustrating was your experience, let us know!