Guide: Glastonbury tickets 2020
Got festival FOMO? Here's how to make sure you get Glastonbury 2020 tickets, from registration to booking
The line-up won't be announced for a long while yet, but it's sort of besides the point anyway. There's always something for everyone, and all too often the best bands are billed as 'TBA' surprise acts.
Luckily for you wannabe happy campers, the team at Culture Whisper have proven pedigree in securing Glastonbury tickets. Here's everything you need to know to maximise your chances.
Register... no registration = no ticket
In order to even try your luck in the ticket sales stake, you must first register. Click here to enter details and gain the vital registration number. The deadline typically closes at the beginning of October. Don't leave it to the last minute as it's a slightly faffy process; you need to register full name and address details along with uploading a passport quality photo (an iphone snap suffices). All tickets are personally ID'ed to prevent resales to touts.
Thanks to GDPR updates and the need for up-to-date photos, even the most wizened of Glasto-goers may need to update their account and check details are tickety-boo before thinking about tickets. Click here to check your existing registration and tweak now.
Dates, prices and practicalities
Glastonbury 2020 dates: 24 - 28 June 2020. The site opens from Wednesday 24 June, but acts don't start until Friday 26.
The ticket price is £258 + £5 booking fee and they are sold exclusively through www.glastonbury.seetickets.com. The price includes basic camping for all five days the site's open. Children under 12 are free and do not require a ticket. Youngsters can also enjoy free entertainment, rides and activities in the Kidzfield.
Coach + ticket packages will be sold first (usually the second Thursday in October) before general admission tickets go on sale (usually the second Sunday in October). Watch this space for booking dates to add to your diary.
Have your bank card and that registration number ready; you will need both. Be poised at your computer, with a reliable internet connection, before the booking opens. Multi-taskers may want to double up by trying on their phones simultaneously.
Recruit willing friends and family to load the booking page too. You can book up to six tickets per transaction, with a deposit of £50 per person (more if you are booking a coach journey too). She who makes it past the online queue will need the registration numbers for all the group – so send around a list in advance.
As ever with high-demand online booking, much of the battle with the online queue is pure luck, so there's certainly safety in numbers.
Book for Bus Tickets
With Glastonbury's commitment to protecting the environment comes an inbuilt preference for eco-friendly group travel. Coach + ticket packages go on sale a few days days before General tickets.
Perhaps it’s the added expense, or the faint whiff of school trips, but Glastonbury tickets with coach travel tend to be less popular – plus the early booking means even if at first you don't succeed, you have another shot at booking for Standard Entry.
Long bus journeys may not be glam, especially after a weekend of hedonism and questionable hygiene, but a coach ticket is more likely to get you in (and get you there). It's not a case of paying extra for the coach, then catching a lift with a friend. The festival entry tickets are given out on the coach, so if you book coach, you have to travel by coach — on the way there at least. When booking coach tickets you can chose departure day as Wednesday 24 June or Thursday 25 June.
If you want to be extra tactical, get a coach ticket from a smaller city. London is always the busiest, so if you don’t mind a protracted journey, book coach tickets from Oxford, Reading or wherever else you're willing to travel. The full list of coach pick up points is here.
Snag Standard Entry Tickets
With a little organisation, it is entirely possible to book this autumn for a weekend of summer hedonism. Take note of our tried and tested tactics and be ready for the surge that is Standard Entry booking... Make sure you set your alarm: tickets always sellout in one go.
Keep calm and keep on hitting that refresh button on your browser until you're lucky enough to get through. Persistence, in our experience, pays off.
If you miss out on the October booking date, don't panic. Resale for coach + ticket packages will take place in April 2020.
Good luck and (hopefully) happy camping!
Accommodation - basic to boutique
With a standard Glastonbury ticket you must bring your own tent – and the due to to vast size of the festival you'll want to be there when doors open on the Wednesday to bag a prime spot. Those arriving for Friday will end up pitching their tent miles and miles from the action.
There are, of course, some more glamorous upgrades available. Boutique options from cutesy Tipis to full blown Kate-Moss-worthy Winnebagos, are priced separately and open for booking after the ticket sales. Booking for Glastonbury's accommodation upgrades opens later in October so keep your eyes peeled here.
The cheapest 'luxe' option is the pre-erected tents in Worthy View. Prices varying depending on the structure but they are fairly no-frills. The main win is the lack of lugging your own heavy equipment and most crucially ensuring you are staying in a plum location, close to the stages and a respectable stumble from the late-night revelries. Plus, when you leave there's minimal packing up.
Then there's Tipi Village, where £1075 gets you and oh-so-instagrammable 6-person structure in a separate section on the southern slopes of the festival site. Facilities are still quite basic and you have to bring your own bedding, but the extra space and standing room is invaluable if it's soggy weather.
The super luxe options aren't arranged through the festival (it's not quite in the hippy dippy spirit, you see). But there are plenty of private companies who will supercharge your sleeping arrangements for a princely sum. Yurtel has spas, Chauffeurs and cocktails. The Pop-Up hotel has porters, proper loos and a pampering area.
If you're after the VIP experience, be ready to swoop as soon as you've got tickets.