The coveted and celebrated Glastonbury music festival has sold out in record time, with punters snapping up 150,000 tickets in 26 minutes. The first 15,000 tickets released last Wednesday were sold out within 14 minutes, leaving tens of thousands of fans and hopeful festival attendees disappointed and without tickets in the record sell out. Emily Eavis, co-organiser and daughter of festival founder Michael Eavis, has tweeted to hopefuls her apologies for the disappointing fans, but also thanked everyone for their support.
After a successful festival in 2014 that boasted a line-up including Jake Bugg, Lily Allen, Lana Del Rey, Jack White, The Black Keys, and controversial headliner Metallica, it is no surprise the festival has sold out once again. Newly reformed Fleetwood Mac, Muse and the Adam Lambert-fronted Queen are all tipped to headline the 2015 event. The Sunday afternoon legends slot, which was filled this year by Dolly Parton, is rumoured to be taken up by Diana Ross. She would be up for a challenge after Parton’s phenomenal performance in 2014.
Other artists tipped to be on the 2015 bill include AC/DC, Kate Bush, The Stone Roses, U2, and Robert Plant, but punters will not know for sure until early 2015. Despite not knowing the line-up, it seems attendees are willing to take a chance. The festival’s track record guarantees a great bill every year.
For the thousands left disappointed and ticket-less, there is still a sliver of hope, as a small portion of the tickets will be going up for resale in the spring. Alternatively, Glastonbury is broadcast live on television and across the net, so some fans may have to just be content with watching the festival from the comfort of their living room. With the notorious muddy conditions, horrible toilet facilities, and inconsistent UK weather, this may be preferred by some hopeful attendees when the festival rolls around next summer.
With founder Michael Eavis claiming recently that the festival will not go on for much longer, it seems that fans are trying to get in while they can. This record sell out time exemplifies the festival’s influence and its importance amongst the now huge and saturated summer festival season.