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Glastonbury tickets break the £200 barrier for first time

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 06, 2012

Michael Eavis has raised price of Glastonbury tickets

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When the doors opened at the first ever Glastonbury music festival in 1970, the 1,500 people who went along paid just £1 to get in – and that included free milk from the farm.

The following year entry was free – the organisers making a point that all other festivals at the time were over-commercialised. Among the stars appearing in those early years were glam-rocker Marc Bolan (in 1970) and David Bowie and Joan Baez (in 1971).

But next year, more than 40 years after it first opened its doors (although there has not been a festival held every year) tickets will finally break the £200 mark for the first time.

Organiser Michael Eavis has revealed that, after a one-year hiatus, the cost of attending in 2013 will rise by £10, to £205.

Over the years, the festival has welcomed some of the biggest names in the business, including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Oasis, Blur, Bob Dylan, and Sir Paul McCartney (who appeared in 2004, when 150,000 people paid £112 for entry).

Tickets for next year's event will go on sale on October 7 (although you have to register online first) and next year's line-up is expected to be revealed after Christmas.

But on top of the basic ticket price, there will also be charges for parking and camper van passes, plus other charges.

Mr Eavis said he had tried to keep the ticket price the same as last year, but rising land rent and high diesel prices meant this had not been possible.

"I tried my very best, but the finance lady said that it couldn't be done," he said. "It's only gone up by £10 – so it's less than the rate of inflation, at least."

All payments must be by debit card, and tickets exclusively for local residents will go on sale later in the year – although festival organisers recommend they also try their luck on October 7.

"Basically, local people get three chances to buy tickets," said Beth Greenwards from the festival. "They can buy them when they go on national sale, try again in the local sale, and then there is the resale that takes place later. We make sure local residents get three bites of the cherry, instead of the two given to everyone else."

Avon and Somerset Police have made no objection to the transfer of the Glastonbury Festival licence from Melvin Benn and Festival Republic to a new team from Festival Republic's parent company, Live Nation.

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  • Wyrdsister1  |  September 06 2012, 10:49AM

    It's been a shadow of what it was since the super-fence was built in 2002. The characters have given way to drunk teenagers, the offbeat, quality lineup now speckled with mainstream banality, CCTV, 'indoor' bars, troupes of 'security' patrolling everywhere. You would have to pay ME to go.

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