How to get Glastonbury tickets

Updated April 17, 2017

Every year that the Glastonbury music festival is held, thousands of music lovers flock to the event in the English county of Somerset. The festival started in 1970, the day after American guitarist and singer-songwriter Jimi Hendrix died. Glastonbury tickets are among the most coveted of all the outdoor music events in the UK. Unfortunately, the festival will not take place in 2012. Though the next festival doesn't take place until 2013, you can register your interest in buying tickets.

Register your interest for tickets online at Registration involves filling in an online form and giving details of your contact details such as postal and email address. You need to keep your registration reference number safe and quote it once ticket sales begin. You also need to submit a recent colour passport-standard photograph in jpeg format.

Check the website and email updates from Glastonbury Festival to find out when ticket sales start and learn about the application process. In the past, the one and only ticket distributor has been Seetickets, which may be visited online at In the past, people were able to book up to eight tickets per transaction by paying a £50 deposit per ticket.

Book tickets on the website or by calling the telephone number on the website. For 2011 tickets, purchasers booked via or the booking line: 0844 412 4635. Quote the registration number and postcode for each person who requires a ticket.

Wait for a confirmation email and reference number when booking online and keep these details safe as this represents proof of purchase. If you book via telephone, you will also receive a reference number.

Check when you have to pay the final balance of the tickets and carefully complete this part. If you miss the deadline, your money could be returned minus an administration charge.

Wait to receive your tickets, which are laser printed with your digital photograph. They will be delivered, via a secure delivery service, to the address given at the time of booking. You can track the progress of your ticket with the booking reference number given to you. If you are buying from abroad, you will receive your ticket through the regular international postal service.


Be persistent when tickets go on sale. Spend time on the phone, pressing redial. Team up with a group of friends to increase your chance of success at getting tickets. Children under 12 do not require a ticket for Glastonbury.


Registration alone is not a guarantee of getting hold of a ticket. Follow the registration guidelines carefully or you could face rejection. You cannot use a credit card to purchase Glastonbury tickets, only debit cards and bankers drafts/postal orders. Check the website for contact details for international tickets as they could be subject to different procedures and booking telephone numbers.

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Based on the south coast of the U.K., Sally Nash has been writing since 1988. Her articles have appeared in everything from "Hairdressers Journal" to "Optician." She has also been published in national newspapers such as the "Financial Times." Nash holds a Master of Arts in creative writing from Manchester Metropolitan University.