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Announced on 30 September, Glastonbury 2024 will cost £360, according to the organisers, meaning the cost of the festival has risen by £75 in two years. Announcing a £20 increase from this year’s price, co-organiser Emily Eavis stated tickets will go on sale on 2 November at 6 p.m. for the coach travel sales and 5 November at 9 am for general admission sales (pictured below).
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This £20 increase for next year’s show means Glastonbury is more expensive than the Download and Wireless festivals (Sky News, 2023).
Festival goers will be charged £355 plus a £5 booking fee for standard tickets, with a deposit of £75, which would be due by the first week of April (BBC, 2023). These standard tickets do not include additional perks, like glamping accommodation, which you can pay for once the standard tickets are obtained.
Return coach tickets range from £44 to £151, depending on the location. There is also the option of choosing a single ticket from the given destinations: Bath for £24 Bristol for £24, London for £40, Reading for £35, and Taunton for £29 (Manchester Evening News, 2023).
Moreover, Ms. Eavis noted on social media that people would need to register in advance on the festival’s website for the tickets. Registration must be done on Glastonbury's website by 5 p.m. GMT on 30 October, which can be found by following this link. Once you follow the link, you must enter your email address. You should then receive a reference number and unique links allowing you to view, edit, or delete your details, or update your registration photo. If the search comes back with no results or your email address is not recognised, it means your registration has expired (Manchester Evening News, 2023).
As noted, several major UK festivals have already released prices for their standard tickets next year, all of which are cheaper than Glastonbury (BBC, 2023). For instance, Download will cost £275, and Wireless will cost £259.25 (plus £3.25 as the booking fee). However, Glastonbury is the largest festival in the UK, as it is hosted across a 900-acre site in Somerset.
Around 200,000 people attended concerts at this year’s event, and a record 21.6 million watched TV coverage on the BBC (BBC, 2023). It was headlined by the Arctic Monkeys, Guns N’ Roses, and Sir Elton John, who all performed on the well-known Pyramid Stage. The festival also had other famous musicians, including rock band Queens of the Stone Age and rapper Skepta, alongside film screenings, speeches by politicians, and circus and theater performances.
Despite the yearly rise in costs for the standard tickets, tickets for the 2023 Glastonbury event sold out in 61 minutes, and they are likely to sell out within the hour for this year’s festival too (BBC, 2023).
The festival will be taking place between Wednesday, 26 June, and Sunday, 30 June, 2024.
Reactions to the Price Increase
Festival fans have been divided over the increased ticket prices. While some claim the prices are too expensive now, others have defended the iconic music festival as a worthwhile experience.
Responding to Glastonbury’s announcement on X, formerly known as Twitter, @MoleyHoleyMain stated: “I think last year’s Glastonbury may have to be my first and last… This is too much for me even though I’d love to go back (Manchester Evening News, 2023).
@UmBongo_69 wrote, “Standard tickets were only £225 a few years ago, now £355”, whilst @Queen_Smith commented: “Prices are getting very steep…” (Manchester Evening News, 2023).
However, others defended the price increase, such as @heavenlyblue007 arguing that it’s “Worth every penny. 5 days of camping & 100 stages and everything else Glastonbury has to offer – no place like it in the world” (Manchester Evening News, 2023). @Alialhashimi129 agreed: “Still largely expensive but you’re still getting some of the best acts in the world coming out. hope this years lineup makes it all worth it” (Manchester Evening News, 2023). Moreover, @lilirishtravels tweeted: “I generally think the ticket price is worth it, though tough on the pocket but transport prices are unreal…” (Manchester Evening News, 2023).
Who Could Be Performing?
Ms. Eavis has already confirmed at least two female headliners for 2024, claiming that both will be making their Glastonbury debut (DevonLive, 2023). According to the rumours in the music media, these front-runners for the slots could be pop-legend Madonna and global sensation Rhianna (DevonLive, 2023).
Considering the success of their sell-out tour and two nights at Wembley Stadium, Brit-pop legends Blur could also make 2024 another headliner year for them. Moreover, speculation has risen on both Dua Lipa and Harry Styles as potentials for the Pyramid Stage (DevonLive, 2023).
Except for these speculations, however, no artists have been confirmed, and the headline list has not been released yet. Only time will tell who will be performing at this iconic festival and whether it’ll be worth every penny for festival goers.
Edited by: Shahnawaz Chodhry
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