Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis has confirmed that a photo-ID registration system will again be in place for this summer’s event on Jun. 27-29.
The system was introduced last year in order to combat ticket touts (scalpers). Registration does not guarantee entry to the U.K. festival, but it is required for everyone whoping to buy a ticket when they go on sale on Apr. 6.
“I want to keep up the momentum we gathered last year by stopping ticket touting altogether,” Eavis said in a statement. “Thank you for being so supportive of our registration process, which is after all quite tedious. I appreciate it so much.”
The 2008 registration process is similar to last year’s system, which involved supplying contact details and a standard passport photo. Tickets are non-transferable so anyone buying them for friends or family will need to ensure they have all registered.
Potential buyers will be able to register from 9 am on Feb. 1 until midnight on Feb. 29, either online via www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk or by completing a registration form available from branches of camping store Millets, or by post from Glastonbury’s own registration operation.
In 2007, the three-day open-air festival (June 22-24), Europe’s biggest, attracted a record 177,500 spectators with headliners including the Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse, and the Who. The final 2008 line-up is not expected to be revealed until early June.