The Trials and Tribulations of Glastonbury

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It is 9am on Sunday morning; you are sitting at your laptop, hope and faith in one hand, a budding sense of bitter disappointment and sorrow in the other. Repeating to yourself that this has to be the year, it will be your year; the clock strikes and your nimble fingers get to work. Refresh, refresh, refresh. Sound familiar? Of course, this is the nail-biting occasion that is Glastonbury ticket sales day. The years of preparation, the festival going, the building up to the British festival may all be in vain.

Does it not seem strange that despite never knowing the line-up prior to ticket sales, in many cases having never gone to Glastonbury, we remain relentless in our attempts to get a ticket? How does this festival of all festivals hold so much power over us? Well firstly, Glastonbury is one of the longest standing festivals in Britain. It has stood the test of festival time, having been founded in 1970. We might see ourselves as the festival generation, but we are fools. Just ask your parents about their festival days... 

Secondly, if you are lucky enough to make it to the greatest festival EVER you shall be amongst ‘nearly a third of all Festival goers’, according to the Glasto website and seriously not that many people can have it wrong. Trust. And of course we cannot forget some of the spectacular rumors that fly around with regards to headliners, I’m pretty sure half the time the bands are not even alive when they are apparently playing Glastonbury, but who cares, people lap up the fact that Nirvana are playing Mainstage.

The facts speak for themselves; Glastonbury kills it on ticket sales day. Even despite raising ticket prices, this year it sold out in record time of 1 hour and 40 minutes. Michael and Emily Eavis, reported via twitter that they were ‘genuinely humbled by the sheer number of people’ who wanted to go, but ‘demand simply outstripped supply’, unsurprisingly since both Stone Roses and Rolling Stones are rumored to headline.

The organizers also took to twitter to apologize for ‘any frustration with the booking site’. Any of you that have dared to attempt to get tickets will understand this frustration and will have probably already preempted the inevitable break down of the relationship between you and your computer. A word of warning: No matter how many times you register, how many times you hit refresh or how much you really want it, Glastonbury tickets will never be yours.

So is it all worth it? Of course! This is the best festival in the whole of the land. Apparantly.

Bonnie Stuart

I am a student going into my third year at Newcastle University studying English Literature and Philosophy, I currently live in Leeds with my family and like every 21 year old I cannot wait to move out and regain my independence. I hope to make a name for myself in the music industry when my time comes. I enjoy typewritten letters and attempting to play the keyboard. My favorite book is Winnie the Pooh. One day I would like to start my own music festival.


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