Tickets to this year’s Glastonbury Festival, Britain’s granddaddy of outdoor music events, sold out in just half an hour as record numbers of music fans jostled for a ticket.
The lineup for the 2019 hasn’t been announced, but that didn’t pose a problem as 135,000 tickets changed hands in rapid fashion Sunday morning.
The onsale started at 9am local time, and by 9.36am, the festival’s co-organiser Emily Eavis, daughter of Glasto founder Michael Eavis, announced the sold-out sign was up. Eavis said she was “blown away” by the rush.
“Tickets have now all sold out! We are blown away by the huge demand, looks like record numbers tried. Thank you for your patience and incredible support and for those of you who missed out, there will be a ticket resale in April,” she tweeted.
Rumour would have it that Paul McCartney, who headlined in 2004, would once more play the Pyramid Stage, while observers have put forward the names Elton John, Kendrick Lamar and Madonna as possible performers.
Tickets for the summer event, which runs from June 26 to 30 June 2019, were priced at £248 ($461). Some 200,000 people are expected to visit the festival site at Worthy Farm, Somerset, which is described as the “green-field music and performing arts festival” on the planet.
Demand for tickets was no doubt escalated due to the fact Glastonbury did not take place in 2018, with organisers declaring a “fallow year,” which are held every four or five years to give the site, a dairy farm, time to regenerate.
In 2020, Glastonbury will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a bill its organisers are already assembling.