My housemate stumbled out of her room, bleary-eyed early on Sunday morning. I acknowledged how tired she looked but then went back to bed myself. Talking to her later at a much more reasonable time of day, I found out that the reason she was up so early was to try and buy 2020 Glastonbury Music festival tickets.
The tickets went on sale early on Sunday morning and had sold out in just over half an hour.
All 135,000 tickets for the 2020 event were bought within 34 minutes, according to the BBC.
Speaking to my housemate later, she said the traffic to the website was so high that many buyers were unable even to load the page due to the demand, and when they finally could get onto the site, the tickets sold out while as they entered their details.
Emily Eavis, one of the event organisers, confirmed that a record 2.4 million people signed up to have a chance of securing a ticket.
“We have now sold out. Thank you all for your incredible, continued support,” she tweeted. “Demand was higher than ever … Bring on 2020!”
The ticket sale was the second-fastest in the event’s history, with only the 2014 festival selling out a few minutes more quickly.
Glastonbury’s official Twitter account also confirmed the sell-out and confirmed there would be a ticket resale in April, and “details of a special ballot for the sale of 50 pairs of tickets in the coming days.”
No acts have yet been confirmed for Glastonbury 2020, but the rumoured favourites are Taylor Swift, Fleetwood Mac and Paul McCartney.
A resale for unwanted and unpaid coach packages is set for Thursday April 16th, followed by the ticket resale on Sunday April 19th, and Glastonbury 2020 will take place from June 24th to 28th.