Glastonbury 2013: who's playing and how do I get tickets?

Jun 22, 2012
Clare Conway

As a date for ticket sales is announced the rumour-mill around who will headline is in full swing

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TICKETS to next year's Glastonbury, a weekend event billed by critics as the "best music festival of all", are set to go on sale on 7 October from 9am, according to the organisers.

The notoriously muddy bash, now in its 31st year, attracts the biggest names in music to the Somerset idyll of Worthy Farm in Pilton, where the festival kicks off on 26 June 2013. So begins the scuffle for a place...

Around 135,000 tickets will go on sale, a Glastonbury spokesperson told The Week. The numbers are similar to 2011 and those looking to secure a place will first need to register and upload a passport photo to the website – a measure put in place to deter touting.

However, demand is often fierce and not everyone who signs up will get a ticket. Spaces at the 2011 event sold out within four hours of being made available to the public and the year before, demand was such that fans crashed the Glastonbury website trying to buy tickets.

Tickets are expected to cost around £200 each, similar to last year's price, and in line with other weekend-long summer festivals like Reading and The Secret Garden party.

But the price is a marked increase from 1970, when 1,500 people turned up to the inaugural Glastonbury and paid £1 each to get in. Critics of summer festivals say pricing is now out of hand and that headlining acts are overpaid. According to Ben Turner, co-founder of the Association of Independent Festivals, some acts receive £1m per set.

At least children who are 12 or under are exempt from the charge. They do not need a ticket or to register, according to the Glastonbury website.

The line-up is under wraps until spring 2013, which means festival goers will have to buy their tickets blind. However, rumoured performers include The Stone Roses, Radiohead, Plan B, The Vaccines, Professor Green and Blackberry Wood, according to eFestivals.

David Bowie has long been a favourite to headline, claims The Daily Mirror, which wrote in 2011 that he was on the organisers' wish list. It would be his third headlining gig following appearances in 1971 and 2000.

Out of the running is Adele, who organiser Michael Eavis approached to headline the festival, the Metro reported in May. The 24-year-old declined, saying she felt "daunted" at the prospect of such a large performance.

The Rolling Stones have also been rumoured to close Glastonbury 2013 on Sunday night, according to The Daily Mirror. The idea is that it would be the iconic group's last-ever performance.

"All four members have agreed that next year is the right time to have one final hurrah and put on the gig of their lives," a source close to the Rolling Stones told The Mirror. However, the claim was denied by the band.

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