Tickets for Glastonbury Festival, Europe's biggest music festival, sold out in a new record time of 90 minutes after going on sale yesterday (April 1) at 9am U.K. time.

That compares with the then-record time of three hours in 2005, the last time the now 37-year-old event was held.

This year's Glastonbury takes place June 22-24 at Worthy Farm in the U.K. region of Somerset. The line-up is yet to be formally announced, but acts appearing include the Killers, Arctic Monkeys, the Who and Dame Shirley Bassey.

During last year's absence organizers, led by the festival's founder farmer Michael Eavis, took time to develop systems for deterring and discouraging the scalpers (also known as touts) that have infiltrated the festival in previous years.

This year, the organizers said they sold 137,500 "tout-proof" tickets for £145 ($285) each via the Web site and phones.

To bypass scalpers, tickets were only available to the 400,000 people who had pre-registered with photo ID by March 5 (Billboard, March 27, 2007). And according to press reports, tickets not fully paid for by April 22 will be put up for sale again, giving disappointed fans another opportunity to attend.

Last month, the festival received a four-year license from the local authority Mendip District Council to hold the event until 2010. The new permit enables the festival to entertain up to 177,000 spectators, up from its usual 150,000.

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