2013 Glastonbury Festival tickets on sale now: Huge demand sparks online rush
Tickets for the 2013 Glastonbury Festival have gone on sale this morning, and the online scramble to get them is well under way.
Thousands of music fans are taking to the internet and phone lines in a bid to get their hands on the tickets, which went on sale at 9am today.
The festival ticket office is already reporting a huge demand for tickets, and is urging customers to keep trying if they struggle to get through.
The official festival Twitter feed @GlastoFest said: "We're limiting connections to the Glastonbury booking website due to demand. The site is up and running."
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In another tweet, it said: "High demand already - tickets are selling, please keep at it."
The event returns from its one-year hiatus with tickets priced at £205 - a rise of £10 over the 2011 ticket prices.
There will be additional fees for car park and camper van passes, as well as ticket protection.
Punters have had to register with the festival prior to this morning's release of tickets.
Festival founder Michael Eavis said he had tried to keep the ticket price the same as last year, but rising land rent and high diesel prices meant this had not been possible.
"I tried my very best, but the finance lady said that it couldn't be done," he said.
"It's only gone up by £10 - so it's less than the rate of inflation, at least."
Customers can choose to pay the full price of the ticket, or a £50 deposit with the remaining balance paid in April.
Up to eight tickets can be bought in a single transaction, as long as you have the registration details of the people you want to buy for.
All payments must be by debit card.
As always, local tickets will be on sale later in the year, although festival organisers recommend trying your luck when the national rush for tickets takes place in October.
"Basically, local people get three chances to buy tickets," said Beth Greenwards from the festival.
"They can buy them when they go on national sale, try again in the local sale, and then there is the resale that takes place later.
"We make sure local residents get three bites of the cherry, instead of the two given to everyone else."
Headliners for next year's festival are yet to be announced.
Rumours over possible appearances from The Stone Roses and The Smiths have been rife over the past few months, but both bands have been ruled out.
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