The ultimate guide to securing Glastonbury Festival tickets for you and your mates every year.
So you want to go to the iconic Glastonbury Festival… You may have tried to get tickets before, or this is your first time trying. Getting your hands on a ticket to Glastonbury Festival is no easy feat and requires a lot of organisation and preparation. This guide breaks down our tried and tested tips to help you secure a ticket to the best festival in the world, Glastonbury Festival.
The tips and tricks we have listed below are recommended by us and are not endorsed by Glastonbury Festival.
- Get registered!
- Get your friends and family involved
- Get yourselves a spreadsheet
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Get your payment information ready
- Use multiple browsers
- Use multiple devices
- Use a VPN
- Refresh, refresh and refresh again
- Do not give up
- Don’t be picky
- Don’t forget the resales
Get Glastonbury Festival Registered
This is the easy part, but the part that so many people forget! You cannot buy a Glastonbury Festival ticket without registering to buy one.
If you have not yet registered, you can do so here completely free of charge. Once you have registered grab your registration number and postcode as you will need these when it comes to the ticket release day.
If you have already registered, you do not need to re-register, just remind yourself of your registration details! To check if you have registered or not, or to update any details you can check over on the Glastonbury Festival official website here.
Get your friends and family involved
In previous years, one person can book up to a maximum of 6 tickets per order. This means you can organise you and your friends into groups of 6, to increase your chances of all going to Glastonbury Festival together. Even if your friends aren’t going, or your family isn’t going, the more people trying to get you a ticket the better. More people equals a higher chance of getting lucky.
Get yourselves a Glastonbury Festival Group spreadsheet
If you are following our advice above it really helps to make yourselves a spreadsheet and set up a group chat (WhatsApp/Facebook will do)
In your spreadsheet organise your groups and get them to fill out their registration details (number, name, postcode, etc). This will massively help keep things organised and streamlined on the big day.
IMPORTANT NOTE. Check for typos religiously, you do not want a minor mistake to ruin your chances for the 6 of you going to Glastonbury Festival. Ensure that you and your friends copy and paste details into and out of the spreadsheet instead of manually typing things. This will save you from hitting that dreaded “Sorry, that reference number is not registered” error message.
Please, please be extra careful and ensure that you do not overlap people between groups. If one group secures a ticket, and there are overlapping people, you will need to rejig people in the heat of the moment. This will undoubtedly lead to upset and people missing out.
TIP Sharpen up your copy and paste skills. Learn two easy keyboard shortcuts to save you a lot of clicking time. On a Mac, you can use CMD+c to copy and CMD+v to paste. Similarly, on Windows, you can use CTRL+c to copy and CTRL+v to paste.
Get a good night’s sleep
Pretty much self-explanatory here. The tickets are usually on sale early in the morning, the last thing you want to do is wake up late or be super hungover when trying to buy a ticket. Set yourself an alarm, grab a coffee or two, and be prepared for the big event.
Get your payment information ready
Once you do wake up, and you are feeling nice and fresh after your early night, get your payment information ready. Get a couple of options in case anything doesn’t work when you try. This means ensuring you have your payment card details to hand, any banking passwords you need, and a charged phone in case you need to access your online banking.
If you are teaming up with your mates, remember that you will have to buy all the tickets at once, so ensure that you have enough money in that account to purchase all 6 tickets! The last thing you want is to get through and throw it all away because you didn’t have all the funds for your Glastonbury tickets!
Use multiple browsers
So once the tickets are out, and you are furiously trying to grab some, remember you can use multiple browsers to access the ticket page. We recommend doing this instead of using multiple tabs in the same browser, even Glastonbury Festival themselves recommends this.
Before the big day be sure to install a number of browsers on your laptop, PC, or whatever device you are using. We’d recommend:
There are more browsers than the above, but these should be enough to increase your chances of getting that golden Glastonbury Festival ticket.
Use multiple devices
As well as using multiple browsers, you can also use multiple devices. Think creatively, anything which can access a browser and the internet can be used to purchase a Glastonbury Festival ticket. Things like mobile phones, laptops, PCs, and tablets are all very useful to increase your chances of getting that ticket.
TIP if you are using a mobile phone or anything with a data plan, use that instead of your WiFi. Not only is using multiple devices helpful but using different internet connections is super helpful too.
Use a VPN
This is definitely a more advanced tip for people out there, but it has been rumored time and time again that your chances are higher if you are trying to buy a ticket from another country. I personally don’t subscribe to that rumor but feel that if you can maximise your unique IP addresses, you stand a chance to get a ticket.
Using a VPN service, such as NordVPN may help you get that Glastonbury Festival ticket. This isn’t a must for all of you, but I have had success with this method in the past.
Refresh, refresh and refresh again
Our number one tip is the plain old refresh. Personally, I don’t think you can refresh enough. The page itself will typically auto-reload, but in my experience, you want to maximise the number of times you refresh the page to have the best chance of buying a ticket. When you do refresh, however, ensure that you wait for the full page to load and check if you got through! If you refresh too fast, you might just miss your chance!
Our pro tip here is to refresh your browsers and devices in a round-robin system. So if you have 5 browsers, refresh each one in order then go back to the start again.
Do not give up
Buying Glastonbury Festival tickets can be a stressful experience, do not let it get the better of you! Remain calm in the moment and do not give up until you see that all tickets are sold out.
You really want to go to Glastonbury, and so does everyone else, therefore mathematically not everyone is going to get a ticket, but you can try your absolute hardest to get one. You will succeed one year if you really, really try.
Don’t be picky
You might be going in thinking you want to buy the standard weekend ticket or even a coach package from the exact closest location to you, but in reality, you probably won’t get the ticket you want. You cannot afford to be picky when buying a Glastonbury ticket.
Getting early morning coach tickets, or coach tickets departing from cities nowhere near you might be your only option to get to Glastonbury Festival. If this is the case, we’d recommend doing it, the journey there is just a minor detail… and often part of the experience.
IMPORTANT NOTE. DO NOT think you can buy any old coach ticket and just not get on the coach. You only receive your ticket on the coach itself, so you absolutely must get the coach from where your ticket states. You don’t have to get the coach back, however.
Don’t forget the Glastonbury Festival ticket resales
If for some reason you followed all our tips above and you still did not manage to get a Glastonbury Festival ticket, you can try your luck again during the resales. So do not fret, there are more chances to get tickets.
But please, please, please do not be fooled, you cannot buy tickets anywhere but the official see tickets site. Any other site or person claiming to sell you tickets is lying as the tickets cannot be resold once they have been bought.
Finally, good luck, have fun, and I hope that every single one of you reading this can get yourself a ticket to the best festival in the world, Glastonbury Festival.
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