Anyone else still pulling their hair out after the Glastonbury 2023 coach ticket scramble? Haunted by the thought of the SeeTickets website? We don’t blame you: the coach tickets on November 3 sold out in 22 minutes. If you were lucky enough to get your hands on some of those highly sought-after tickets, we applaud you. Hacking the Glastonbury ticket sale is no easy feat. But if you missed out, don’t give up yet. There’s still another chance to secure your spot at the world’s best music festival.
There’s good reason why it’s so difficult to get a spot at Glastonbury. It’s not only a music lovers’ paradise (last year saw Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney and Billie Eilish take to the stage), it’s also a 24-hour city of entertainment – with all sorts of cinema, circus, art and performance on offer for five days straight. As far as the 2023 festival goes, there’s already been a fair amount of speculation as to who might be playing: Harry Styles, Bruce Springsteen, Arctic Monkeys, The Spice Girls, Taylor Swift and even Beyoncé have been rumoured to be contenders. The full line-up won’t be revealed until late spring next year, with the event itself taking place on June 21 to 25 2023.
Glastonbury’s organisers recently announced that the festival ticket price for next year would be its highest ever. Tickets for the 2023 will cost £335, plus the £5 booking fee – up from 2022’s price of £280. Still keen to go? It’s going to be a mission, that’s for sure. But if you’re up for it, here are some tips that *might* improve your chances of scooping some tickets. Just maybe.
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1. Register, register, register
If you’ve still not registered for Glastonbury 2023, erm, what have you been doing with your life? Pre-registration is the crucial first step to securing tickets – so crucial, in fact, that there’s no way you’ll be able to buy one without doing so.
You’ll be required to submit your personal details and a headshot photograph of yourself, which will then be verified. This can take a few days to be processed, so make sure you register well in advance to leave enough time to deal with potential problems (that means do it now). Registration is free and closes at 5pm GMT on Monday October 31. You can register for tickets here.
2. Round up the troops
Registered? Good: now shit is about to get serious. You’ll have more of a chance of getting a ticket if you’re in a team, so it’s time to round up the troops and work out logistics. Generally, one person can book up to a maximum of six tickets per order – so grab a team of six, make a group chat, ensure everyone in it has registered by the deadline. It pays to have friends: working in a group of six will increase your chances of getting a ticket by 500 percent.
3. To coach or not to coach?
There are two types of Glastonbury tickets: standard weekend tickets and coach weekend tickets. Ticket-and-coach packages were available at 6pm GMT on Thursday November 3, and sold out in 22 minutes. General sale tickets go on sale on Sunday November 6 from 9am GMT.
What are the benefits of a coach package? As well as being a hell of a lot better for the environment than driving and meaning you won’t need to deal with potential rail strikes or a long, tired, drive home, some people say that getting a coach from a random destination will give you a better chance of securing tickets. This is something to consider, but you have to take it seriously: you won’t be able to just buy a coach ticket and make your own way there, because they give you your ticket on the bus.
4. Make a game plan
Now that you’ve got your group of six and have argued about whether you’re going to get the coach or not, it’s time to get going with the paperwork. That means spreadsheets, it means schedules and it means serious organisation.
A good way to plan ahead for the big day of ticket sales is to create a shared spreadsheet (Google sheets is a safe bet) with all group members’ names, postcodes and finalised registration details. You’ll all be able to view it and copy-and-paste your essential info into the form when the scramble finally arrives.
5. Line up that cash
It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to get all the way to check out and realise you spent your Glastonbury savings on another round at the pub the night before. Ticket prices for Glastonbury 2023 are at their highest ever, costing £335 plus £5 booking fee (plus coach fees). That’s £55 more than tickets to the 2022 event, which cost £280 plus a fiver booking fee.
Many people took to Twitter to complain about the hikes. In response, Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis put out a statement, saying: ‘We have tried very hard to minimise the increase in price on the ticket but we’re facing enormous rises in the costs of running this vast show, while still recovering from the huge financial impact of two years without a festival because of Covid.’
To nab a Glastonbury ticket in the first wave, you’ll need a £50 deposit per ticket – meaning you’ll need a minimum of £300 cash in your account to pay for your group of six in one transaction. Make sure everyone in your team has enough money, and that your online banking is working smoothly. You don’t want to miraculously end up at the payment page to have your ticket purchase bounce back!
6. Set an alarm
General tickets for Glastonbury 2023 go on sale on Sunday November 6 at 9am. General tickets for Glastonbury 2023 go on sale on Sunday November 6 at 9am. General tickets for Glastonbury 2023 go on sale on Sunday November 6 at 9am. Did you hear that? General tickets for Glastonbury 2023 go on sale on Sunday November 6 at 9am.
Set your alarms now, block out your diary, cancel your plans the night before – you’re not gong to want to sleep through this alarm.
7. Be tech-savvy
No, we’re not talking about bots. You’re going to want to line up all the tech you have to the best of your advantage when trying to purchase Glastonbury tickets – and to get everyone in your group to do the same.
Set up in separate houses with separate internet connections. Charge up your phone, your tablet, your laptop, your tamagotchi – basically every reliable electronic internet device you can get your hands on – and head to the corner of your home with the best internet connection. Don’t forget to politely ask your flatmate to stop playing on Omegle for an hour – you’re going to want no interruptions.
Once you load up the Glastonbury ticket page on every device and the clock strikes nine, you’ll probably end up in the infamous virtual queue. There’s no easy way around this – even Phil and Holly would struggle to jump it – but using different devices will marginally increase your chances of getting ahead. You can also try using multiple browsers on one device, each with only one tab open (don’t try multiple tabs at once, this will slow things down).
8. Try, and try again
Didn’t get tickets this time round? Don’t worry – Glastonbury puts on a ticket re-sale and a coach-ticket re-sale closer to the event, when you can stress out, scream at your computer and try these tips all over again.