Glastonbury Festival has rolled out an advance booking system for the 2009 event, which will take place June 24-28 at Worthy Farm, Somerset.
The iconic music festival suffered from slower sales this year after tickets were made available in April. It only sold out on the weekend of the festival as organisers faced a more crowded market for outdoor music events, a reputation for bad weather and controversy over Saturday headliner Jay-Z; former headliner Noel Gallagher of Oasis said the hip-hop artist was not right for the slot.
Tickets for Glastonbury 2009 will be available to buy for £175 ($323) plus booking fee or reserve for a £50 ($92) deposit from Oct. 5. As usual, people will have to register for the festival as part of the drive to prevent tickets being sold to touts. The photo registration process will re-open on Sept. 1 via the official Web Site.
"We have come up with a scheme that will allow people a much longer period to plan and pay for their tickets, while still continuing the battle against ticket touting," said Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis in a statement. "By paying as little as £50 ($92) up front this year, festival-goers from all over the world will be able to guarantee a ticket for next year's event. At the same time the very successful registration scheme will ensure that tickets will only go to those named individuals who have reserved them in advance."
Up to six tickets can be purchased in a single transaction for people registered to attend the festival. The balance on reserved tickets is due to be paid by Feb. 1.