Frustrated Glastonbury residents demand more local tickets

Glastonbury residents are demanding more ticket allocation for next year’s festival. They think the number of tickets allocated for residents for the 2019 festival has somehow “gone wrong”.

Michael Eavis, the English dairy farmer and the creator of the Glastonbury Festival, which takes place at his farm in Pilton, Somerset, had held back a number of full weekend tickets destined to the local people who could not get them when they went on a first sale on October 18th. Local tickets sold out in eleven minutes on the 18th and in three minutes in a second sale on October 20th.

The festival has specified an area around Pilton that is eligible for a special batch of local tickets, which includes Glastonbury, Street, Castle Cary, Shepton Mallet and Wells, as well as smaller Mendip villages.

Many locals are claiming that before tickets officially sold out, they were being shown a “tickets unavailable” message by the SeeTickets website and they have expressed their anger because it also seems that people living in other areas used local addresses to buy tickets.

Residents are calling the sale ‘ridiculous’ and asked Eavis to provide more tickets to the 2019 event with a petition titled: Make Michael/Emily Eavis hold back more local tickets for Glastonbury Festival!!

The petition addresses Michael Eavis directly: “ So sort us out please Mike” and it reads: “Local people’s money is just as good as the rest of country’s so sell us some more, there’s clearly demand.” “Glastonbury Festival is pretty great. But not when you are outside the festival dealing with the back lash with no ticket and living locally.” “We deal with a lot of s**t being local to the festival – traffic being the number one issue, practically making the whole of the region gridlocked, as well as noise and pollution (*cough* rivers – decline in marine life since the festival *cough*), also general interference.” “Every year in my memory locals have had a good chance of getting tickets which makes this all bearable. This year something has clearly gone wrong.” “You may have seen Twitter posts or articles in the local press but a lot of locals are left frustrated as a large proportion will have to deal with the festival without the relief that at least I have a ticket so all’s good!”

Let’s see what’s going to happen next!

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