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The ultimate guide to securing Glastonbury tickets this weekend

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The Glastonbury frenzy has already begun.

Last night, the first round of tickets for the 2016 festival (taking place Wednesday 22nd June to Sunday 26th June) sold out in minutes. 

The general sale will commence at 9am this Sunday 4 October and, with rumours that headliners could include big names from Adele to Coldplay, Blur and Ed Sheeran, it’s set to send even the calmest of people into bouts of mania.

Last years’ tickets sold out in a record-breaking 25 minutes.

If you want to be in with a chance of heading to Worthy Farm next summer, get your game face on, because we’ve created the ultimate guide to getting a ticket.

Beyonce performing at Glastonbury, 2011

Beyonce performing at Glastonbury, 2011

Have you registered?

If you haven't already registered, turn away now. Registration closed on Tuesday 29th September. You cannot get tickets without registration now, or in the April resale. Tickets are allocated with a photograph of the registered ticket-holder, so don't expect to do swapsies nearer the time, either. Harsh, but true.

The essential info 

Tickets for next year's festival can be bought from Glastonbury.seetickets.com. They are £228 plus an additional £5 booking fee. Children under 12 go free. 

Included in your ticket purchase is five nights camping, a programme, a mini-guide, a Glastonbury app and some firewood. 

Patti Smith being awesome at Glastonbury 2015

Patti Smith being badass at Glastonbury 2015

Preparing for the big moment

Make sure you have the registration numbers and postcodes for each person you are booking for. They must be the same postcodes your friends used to register with originally, so don't forget to fish those out. 

Charge all your electronic devices - smart phones, ipads, laptops, desktops, anything you can get your hands on - and don't let anyone download anything large which could mess with your Wi-Fi connection. 

Have the ticket website loaded on your devices in advance.

Divide and conquer 

Break into groups. You can only buy 6 tickets per transaction (and you'll be lucky to get a successful transaction), so make sure you're well organised. Perhaps even create a nifty spreadsheet of all your names, addresses and registration numbers, so you can be ready for the big moment.

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Dolly Parton performing at Glastonbury, 2014

Keep it simple

Don't try and be clever and open a million browser tabs, otherwise you will confuse the system and miss out. Using multiple tabs or browsers can lead to "transaction errors" which festival organisers say "is because most web browsers do not create a separate user session per tab – information is shared between all tabs for any given website." Commit to one tab. 

If at first you don't succeed...

Acquiring a Glastonbury ticket is very much a case of the hare and the tortoise. You snooze you lose. Be prepared for a marathon session at your laptop - keep entering your details until your fingers bleed and don't give up. "The longer you try, the more likely you are to get a ticket, so don't give up after the first half an hour," say Glastonbury organisers...unless of course tickets do actually sell out, in which case you will have to concede defeat in this round. 

The Rolling Stones performing at Glastonbury, 2013

The Rolling Stones performing at Glastonbury, 2013

Learn to touch type

Kidding. But you will need to elect a speedy typist for this job. Your tickets are not held for you while you enter your details, as they are with other sites such as Ticketmaster, so make sure you get through this stage as quickly as possible. But, be accurate, too. Nobody wants to miss out because you typed in Miss Chanandler Bong, by mistake.

If you crash

If the page stops loading, the best thing to do is press back once and continue from the previous stage. You can even close the browser if you have to - your registration details will keep for around ten minutes. Festival organisers say this is a better option than refreshing the page.

Kanye West performing at Glastonbury, 2015

Kanye West performing at Glastonbury, 2015

Check your bank balance

Before you begin, check that you've got enough money in your account to buy the number of tickets you need. The last thing you want is to lose out because you haven't prepared- and your friends won't thank you for it, either.

You don't have to pay the full price straight-off, just a deposit, and you can pay-off the balance in April. 

Plan B

Don't lose all hope if you don't secure a ticket this time. There will be a resale in April and, by that time, you'll have all the tactics down, so will have more chance of getting one. If all else fails, you can volunteer at the festival, working a set number of hours - stewarding, bartending or picking up litter - in exchange for free admission. Charities including Oxfam also offer free admission for 8 hour work days and, this makes you a nice person, so it's two birds with one stone, really. 

 

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