Glastonbury 2023: Emily Eavis addresses concerns over £340 | . ticket price Glastonbury Festival

The cost of Glastonbury tickets has risen from £265 plus £5 booking fee in 2019 – the last time tickets went on sale – to £335 plus £5 booking fee for the 2023 edition of the festival.

As fans expressed their dismay at the 26% increase in costs, co-host Emily Eavis . said responded on Twitter.

“We have tried very hard to minimize the ticket price increase, but we are facing huge increases in the cost of running this massive show while still recovering from the huge financial impact of two years without a festival due to Covid .

“The £50 deposit on ticket sale day in November will be the same as always, with the balance due in April.”

She said the usual opportunities would be available to “thousands of people” to volunteer or work as part of the crew.

“In these incredibly challenging times, we want to continue to bring you the best show in the world and provide our charities with funds that are more important than ever. We are, as always, extremely grateful for your continued support.”

Similar festivals have not been subject to such drastic price increases. A ticket to the Reading and Leeds festivals in 2023 is slightly cheaper than in 2022; tickets for Green Man in Wales have risen from £210 for 2022 to £235 for 2023; End of the Road has risen from £190 to £235.

Emily Eavis introduces Greta Thunberg to the stage at Glastonbury 2022.
Emily Eavis introduces Greta Thunberg to the stage at Glastonbury 2022. Photo: Guy Bell/Rex/Shutterstock

Glastonbury’s price hike may seem stronger as no event was held in 2021, when some of its competitors returned, and most ticket sales for the canceled 2020 event carried over for the return this year, meaning the cost increase has been less on the rise. .

Nevertheless, every UK festival has faced rising inflation: in 2020 the average rate in the UK was around 1%, and many festivals honored their 2020 ticket sales prices before returning in 2021 or 2022; this year it has increased by more than 9%.

Events are also faced with supply chain pressures, a lack of technical and security personnel – many of whom have been retrained in other sectors as the 2020 lockdowns rendered their jobs obsolete for a period – and UK touring infrastructure companies resettling in Europe to to meet new Brexit rules on material transport.

In addition, there has been a marked increase in even well-known musicians canceling shows and admitting that touring has become prohibitive, as well as the cost of living which is shaking public demand in the industry as ticket purchases become luxuries.

The UK music industry also remains a third smaller than before the pandemic. Last month UK Music, the body that represents artists, labels and the live industry, called for a package of support including tax relief, a VAT cut for struggling venues and a streamlining of restrictions on workers and touring between Europe and the UK. .

Glastonbury bus tickets go on sale on November 3, with standard tickets to follow on November 6. Potential buyers are required to pre-register as part of Glastonbury’s effort to prevent tickets from ending up in the hands of touts.

Next year the festival will take place from 21 to 25 June. No headliners have been announced, but Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis has previously said the top acts for 2023 and 2024 are already in place.

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