Glastonbury sold out in 15 hours as creaking ticket system leaves thousands frustrated
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 2:22 AM on 05th October 2009
Legend: Bruce Springsteen was the headline act at this year's festival
Thousands of music fans were left frustrated yesterday after tickets for Glastonbury's 2010 incredibly sold out in just 15 hours.
Music fans spent hours queuing on phone lines and websites in a desperate bid to get their hands on tickets for next year's music festival.
But a creaking phone system meant that many callers could not get through and missed out on tickets for the festival - which will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year.
Ticket sale phone lines and websites were crammed with people trying to buy tickets, which went on sale for the first time from 9am yesterday.
By 10.30am a message was placed on the official Glastonbury website to say that half of the tickets allocated for the festival had already been sold.
The message sent web forums buzzing with activity, sparking a further frenzy of thousands more people trying to buy tickets.
Glastonbury will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next year, and it is thought that this landmark, plus the success of this year's event, which was held in glorious sunshine, prompted a huge clamour for people desperate to buy tickets.
But many thousands of frustrated bloggers reported on websites that their pursuit of tickets had been fruitless.
Hundreds said they waited hours on phonelines only to be left disappointed.
The demand for tickets was so strong that Glastonbury's official website - www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
- was overloaded and many of those who did visit the page often encountered with 'error' messages.
Also, ticket hunters reported a huge amount of traffic on seetickets.com - the official partner site of Glastonbury and the only place where tickets could be purchased.
Spectacular: An aerial view of the Glastonbury site during the Glastonbury festival
Tickets for next year's Glastonbury music festival went on sale for the first time yesterday.
People who registered with organisers by Friday could buy tickets from 9am. Only those who registered were eligible to buy them.
This year's festival attracted 137,000 music fans and featured acts like Blur, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.
It was hailed as one of the best by festival-goers and organisers alike.
Co-organiser Michael Eavis said of the 2010 event: 'The expectations are really high.
'We're trying to get the best headliners in the world.'
The festival, which is held at Worth Farm in Somerset, takes place between June 23 and June 27, 2010.
Full weekend tickets cost £185 - up £10 from last year - plus a £5 booking fee.
The registration system, which does not guarantee a ticket, was introduced in 2007 to combat touting.
Last year fans were able to extend their registration for three years.
Anyone unsure whether their previous registration is still valid can check online.