So, you want to get tickets for the biggest event in the UK music festival calendar. Trying to get your hands on a Glastonbury ticket is not for the faint hearted and only the chosen few will succeed.
That said, we know lots of people who seem to bag tickets every year without fail, which tells us it’s probably not all just down to blind luck, and employing the right tactics could increase your chances.
The tickets do go quickly so, like most worthwhile things in life, a little planning and organisation in advance will go a long way to helping you achieve your goal.
When are Glastonbury tickets released?
For Glastonbury 2020 tickets, it’s been officially confirmed that the coach + ticket packages will be on sale from 6pm BST on Thursday, 3rd October.
General admission tickets will go on sale at 9am BST on Sunday, 6th October.
Campervan tickets are only available to general admission ticket holders. It is not possible to purchase a car park or campervan ticket in conjunction with a coach package.
Anyone planning to bring a campervan or caravan in 2020 will need to book their own campervan/caravan tickets and will need to present both their named campervan/caravan ticket and Festival ticket to be able to park in these fields. Campervan/caravan tickets will feature the name and address of the ticket booker.
Where can I buy tickets?
Glastonbury Festival tickets are available from the following ticket site:
This is the only site that is authorised to sell Glastonbury Festival tickets. If you come across any other website claiming to have tickets available for Glastonbury, run away, they are fake. Make sure you are on the legitimate ticket website before you part with your hard-earned cash.
How much are tickets for Glastonbury Festival?
General admission tickets will cost £265 per person + £5 booking fee, of which a £50 deposit (plus coach fare, if booking a coach package) is payable when booking in October.
The balance is payable in the first week of April 2020
Children aged 12 and under are admitted free of charge and do not need a ticket.
Car park passes (£45) for Glastonbury Festival 2020 will be available when paying your ticket balance.
Campervan tickets for 2020 will cost £125 for a standard pitch or £225 for a large pitch. Campervan tickets are only available to general admission ticket holders. It is not possible to purchase a car park or campervan ticket when booking or paying the balance for a coach package.
Make sure you have registered in advance. Despite a mammoth effort to make the ticket buying process clear, lots of people are caught out by this one every year.
You must be registered to buy a Glastonbury ticket
There is no charge to register and it is easy to do. Go to glastonbury.seetickets.com/registration/ and follow the steps.
It’s worth noting that you will need to upload a headshot photo with your registration. There is a long list of requirements for what constitutes an acceptable photo on the registration page, so make sure you read it carefully before you submit your registration, or it will be rejected, and you will have to resubmit.
Registration will close at 5pm on Monday 30th September 2019
How many tickets can I buy?
One person can book up to a maximum of six tickets. You will need the registration number and postcode for each person you are buying a ticket for, so make sure you have everyone’s details ready when it’s time to buy.
How can I pay for Glastonbury tickets?
UK Tickets can now be purchased with a UK debit card or Visa or Mastercard credit cards. International Tickets can only be bought by Visa credit card or Mastercard credit card.
Multiply your chances with teamwork
Let’s do the math(s). Each person can purchase up to 6 tickets so, if you team up with 6 other people and agree that the first one to get through on the ticket site, buys for all 6 members of your team, you all stand 6 times the chance of getting a ticket. Right?
First assemble your team. If you have 5 mates that are also hoping to go to Glastonbury, then you have a ready-made, motivated team. Alternatively, try reaching out on the various Glastonbury forums and Facebook groups. You will be surprised how many people will be willing to buddy-up to improve their chances.
If you’ve been to Glastonbury before, this is a great reason to keep in touch with all the new friends you met at previous festivals.
If you’re going to take the buddy-up approach from cold, it would be wise to start putting the feelers out at least a couple of weeks in advance, to avoid any last-minute panic.
Once you’ve got your ticket team assembled, make sure you are fully prepared, well in advance. You will need to exchange details so that each member of the group has the registration number and postcode of all the group members. Double check this and make sure there are no typos. If each person copies and pastes their details in a message, that will reduce the chance for errors.
Set up a group chat on Messenger, WhatsApp or similar, so you can coordinate activities on ticket day. If one of you has a reliable conference call facility, you may want to set the team up on that. You can set up group voice chat on some messaging apps, but we have found them to be a bit unreliable and can hinder rather than help. Group message seems to work just fine.
Use multiple devices and fast internet
Using multiple devices to try and connect to the ticket site will multiply your chances further. Collect every internet connected device in your house and make sure they are charged up the night before ticket day.
Fire up the browser on each device and check it can connect to the ticket site glastonbury.seetickets.com. Discard any devices that are slow or dodgy, they will just hold you back.
Use the fastest, most reliable internet connection you can get access to. If your home internet service is terrible, arrange to be somewhere else with a great connection on ticket day.
Get in the zone
If you’re serious about getting Glastonbury tickets, you need to prepare like an athlete. Don’t go to the pub the night before ticket day. Make sure you and your team get an early night.
Set multiple alarms, if you’re a heavy sleeper. Get up at least an hour before ticket sales open, do a few stretches, eat a light nutritious breakfast, check your devices and visualise getting those tickets.
Consider going for the coach ticket package
If you’re desperate to get a ticket no matter what, you may want to consider going for the coach package. Coach package tickets go on sale 3 days earlier on 3rd October at 6pm.
Other than giving you an earlier chance of getting a ticket, there are other benefits. It’s a greener option for a start. That’s what Glastonbury wants and it’s why they go on sale first. Also, driving home after Glastonbury can be a painful experience. Just think how nice it would be to have someone else drive so you can switch off and have a little sleep and drool.
The downside of going by coach is that you probably won’t be able to take as much gear with you including beer. This may not be too bad if it’s going to be sunny and dry, but you will need more kit if you’re expecting rain and mud.
One slightly unnerving thing about taking the coach option is that you don’t get your ticket until you actually get on the coach. You just have to have faith in the process.
Getting a coach ticket is not an option if you want to take a campervan or caravan. You will have to wait for general sale at 9am Sunday, 6th October Once you have bought the coach package, you won’t then get the option to buy either a carpark or campervan ticket it’s not a sneaky work-around.
Use multiple browsers but not multiple browser tabs
Using multiple devices will slightly increase your chances of getting through on ticket day, so will using as many browsers as possible.
NB: Using multiple browsers (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari) is not the same as using multiple tabs on a single browser. Having lots of tabs open might seem like a great idea but it could, in fact, work against you.
It’s hard to keep track of a lot of tabs as you are clicking each in turn to update the page and according to the festival organisers and ticket site, trying to book tickets on multiple browser tabs can lead to transaction errors.
Technically speaking, this is because web browsers share cached information between browser tabs. You’ve probably noticed, for example, that when you log in to any site that requires a password, you can open multiple tabs for that site in the same browser without logging in each time. That’s why.
If you have, say, 3 devices and 3 browsers on each, that should be more than enough to manage effectively.
When ticket-time arrives
When ticket-time finally arrives, refresh each bowser in turn, every few seconds and keep going until you get a slot (click the refresh arrow or press F5 on a PC or CMD+R on a Mac).
When you get a slot, let your team know that you have one, via the group chat, but encourage them to keep going until someone has finally got the tickets in the bag.
Just getting to the booking page does not mean booked tickets. It could still go pear shaped at any moment. Making sure the rest of the team keeps going, gives you some contingency, should you experience a technical hitch and lose your slot.
It can be stressful but keep calm and try not to make any errors or finger-fumbles because you’re panicking. If the page hangs when you are halfway through the transaction, and you can’t move forward, try clicking the back button on your browser once, and then see if you can continue to move forward through your booking from there. If not, you will need to close that browser and start again or just continue refreshing the other browsers.
It’s important not to give up if you have issues along the way. Just keep going. There are countless stories of people who had problems but persisted and came out with tickets in the end.
We hope the above tips will help you to get a ticket for this year’s festival. Wishing you the very best of Glastonbury Luck!