Glastonbury Price Increase: Too Much for Too Little?

Are Glastonbury asking for too much while their line up remains unreleased?

Jack Evans
7th November 2022
Credit: Instagram @glastofest
Glastonbury confirmed recently that tickets for the iconic festival will be upped to £340 when they go on sale this November. 

Glastonbury returns to Worthy Farm in Somerset from the 21st to the 25th of June next year, with tickets being the first ones for Glastonbury to go on general sale since 2019. However, the tickets 3 years ago cost only £265 for the weekend, plus a £5 booking fee and £50 deposit, which is £70 less than the tickets that will go on sale next month. 

Glastonbury’s organiser Emily Eaves addressed fans on twitter by explaining the reasoning behind such a steep increase in prices. She explained the rise in cost of running the festival and the huge financial impact of Covid on Britain’s most beloved music festival. 

The festival lost 2 years of music in 2020 and 2021, the first of those 2 years being the festivals 50th anniversary. Eaves explained to people how all was done to minimise the increase, but the financial implications of the past few years couldn’t allow them to keep the show at the same price. 

With the lineup still unannounced many are reluctant to purchase tickets, as there are still few rumors as to who will perform. Robbie Williams recently revealed to the BBC that he would like to fill the Sunday tea-time legends slot, with Roxy Music being the other artist who are rumored to be performing the slot. Artists such as Pulp and the Arctic Monkeys have also had their names thrown into the rumor hat, but nothing has been announced yet. 

The festival finally got to celebrate its 50th anniversary earlier this year, 2 years after it should have. This year's lineup was stacked full of stars, with Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and Paul Mccartney all performing the anniversary show. With a lot expected of next year’s show, the price is sure to be a concern for many who wouldn’t want to risk such money on a festival where they don’t know who is performing.  

The first Glastonbury in 1970 had Marc Bolan’s T.Rex as the headliner, with tickets costing only £1, which is roughly £18 in today’s money. With the cost-of-living crisis only worsening for many as the pound continues to lose value, many people probably wish it was still this cheap to go now. 

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