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Glastonbury Festival: Emily Eavis responds to calls for ticket ballot system

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Glastonbury Festival co-organiser Emily Eavis has responded to calls for a ticket ballot system, saying there has been “a discussion”.Eavis was speaking to Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw on a special edition of their Sidetracked podcast when she was asked how she planned to tackle the increasing demand for tickets.The final batch of tickets for this year’s festival sold out in 20 minutes in April.

A limited amount of coach/ticket packages were snapped up in 18 minutes three days prior.Eavis had revealed earlier that the event had seen its “highest percentage of ticket balances paid ever”.

Following the initial sale last November, frustrated fans who’d missed out suggested that tickets should be sold via a ballot system for subsequent editions to make things fairer.When asked whether she was “ever tempted to do a ballot”, Eavis told Sidetracked: “It’s been a discussion, actually.

I think there are so many people on our database that are registered for tickets. And I think a lot of them don’t try as hard as [others].“Half of them try really, really, really hard [to buy tickets] and half of them maybe try and then don’t – they’re not as bothered about coming.

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