Tickets for Glastonbury 2013 have sold out in record time. An official message from organisers Michael and Emily has just been posted:
After one hour and 40 minutes, tickets for Glastonbury 2013 have now completely sold out (in record time). We would like to say an enormous thanks to everyone who managed to buy a ticket – but we’d also like to extend our sincere apologies to the many thousands who missed out.
We’re genuinely humbled by the sheer number of people who would like to come to the Festival, and we dearly wish we could have you all along. Sadly, that just isn’t possible, which means a significant number of people have missed out. Tickets were being sold throughout the morning – but demand simply outstripped supply.
If you were one of those who managed to get a ticket, then we look forward to welcoming you to Worthy Farm in June. If not, then there is likely to be a resale of returned tickets in the spring, and your registration will also remain valid for future Glastonbury Festivals – so we hope to see you down here at some point.
Thank you all again for your incredible support for Glastonbury Festival.
Michael & Emily Eavis
In previous years I’ve always had trouble getting tickets on the first resale, so tracked my attempts this year (see below). There is still the resale, so I’m not disheartened by not being successful – and Blissfields is the week after anyway!
0900: I click the link for the tickets. I start with one window-and one tab – but I get the following message: Oops! Google Chrome could not connect to glastonbury.seetickets.com
0901: Glastonbury Twitter: We’re limiting connections to the the Glastonbury booking website due to demand. The site is up and running. Tickets on sale in 1 minute
0901 I open a second tab – and second browser, Opera, with 3 tabs.
0904 Now got 6 tabs open in total, starting of slowly, this will increase! F5 is getting abused.
0906 Glastonbury Twitter: “High demand already – tickets are selling, please keep at it”
0910 Excitement! Onto the official Glastonbury page – the message says the page will automatically refresh in 15 seconds. After 15 seconds I get the message “This web page is not available”
0915 Now have 15 tabs open. All unable to connect. Tweets starting to appear from successful ticket buyers. Meh
0919 The gap between refreshing pages has shortened to about 20 seconds (from about 50)
0920 Chrome seems to be offering the best chance. Opera has got nowhere near to opening the magic page yet and seems a lot slower
0921 Back on Chrome, I’ve got this page again:
0938 A ‘Backdoor Entrance to tickets” is posted on the e-festivals forum. Far too techy for me to understand though. Pah
0939 Keep getting the firstpage which shows a glimmer of hope on every tab. However, when it automatically refreshes, it’s still unable to connect.
0941 Loads of F5ing – but still getting the same story – the tabs all say “Oops!”
0943 Am wondering that because Glastonbury have stated that there will be limited access to the ticket site, it means they will take longer to sell out, giving everybody a better chance.
0947 Wish I counted the number of times I’d pressed F5. Based on an average of about 30 every minute, it must be 1,410 by now
0950 Opened 15 new tabs. Increasing the F5 tapping now. It’s getting desparate and I have sweaty palms
0952 I now have 27 tabs now – can’t keep up. It’s constant. Going to go for it for the next 10 minutes
1005 A few friends aer saying they have got tickets – one by using the backdoor trick posted on e-tickets. I think I have worked out how to do it – but still no luck. It went a bit viral and is no longer working.
1008 As I had to close my browser for the backdoor trick, I’m back down to 10 tabs.
1019 Upped my tabs again. Loads of my friends and readers of mintsouth have managed to get tickets using the backdoor trick. My number of attempts so far is approximately 3,900. Probably
1033 Just about give to give up and think I’ll get a ticket somehow, when suddenly I get onto the registration screen. I enter the registration numbers…..and it crashes. Grr. Heard this happening to lots of people
1036 BUT…..I’m in again. AND I get to the next page this time……BUT it crashes. Grr
1036 – Realised can just press ‘back’ then resubmit – looking very hopeful. Lots of spinning, but this is looking promising.
1040 – Seetickets Tweet they are now matching demand – although over half of tickets gone, but encourage people to try now. Cheers Seetickets – just as I was about to get tickets, you’ve made everybody go mental again.
1043 – Keep getting through to the site, hearts starts pumping with excitement. Manage to enter all of my details and press submit…..but it’s constantly crasing
1045 –Message on Official Glastonbury Facebook page states “Glastonbury SOLD OUT in record time”. I estimate that with an average of 25 tabs open and clicking F5 on each of these every 30 seconds for 1 hour 45 minutes, I probably made between 4,000-5,000 ‘attempts’ at getting a ticket. The ‘backdoor’ way never worked for me – although I’m pleased it worked for lots of friends.
So, well done to everybody who managed to get tickets. For those who didn’t, good luck in the resale. (And if you can’t be bothered, get yourself a Blissfields ticket. It’s the week after Glasto, the sun always shines and only costs £64. And it’s my birthday! http://blissfields.co.uk/)