Glastonbury fans pay price of delays: Tickets for iconic festival next year will rise in cost following Covid cancellations to account for inflation since they went on sale in 2019
- Music fans will have to pay their remaining balance in March because of inflation
- The tickets were originally sold for £265 plus a £5 booking fee and £50 deposit
- Organisers said the increased balance will be confirmed early in the new year
- Fans criticised the move as ‘disgusting’ while others joke they would pay a grand
Music fans have condemned a price rise on tickets bought for the twice-postponed Glastonbury Festival.
Tickets for 2020 were first transferred to this year and then to next because of Covid cancellations.
They were sold at £265 each plus a £5 booking fee, with ticket holders paying a £50 deposit in 2019.
They have now been told they must pay the balance in March but with an increase – to be announced early next year – because of inflation.
Music fans who bought tickets for 2020 Glastonbury – which has twice been postponed – will have to pay an increase in March due to inflation
The tickets to the festival were sold at £265 each plus a £5 booking fee, with ticket holders paying a £50 deposit in 2019
A number of fans criticised the move as ‘disgusting’ on Twitter.
Organisers have sent out an email that states: ‘You will have a week from 1st-7th March 2022 to pay the remaining balance for your ticket(s) plus booking and transaction fees.
‘The balance payable will be determined by the 2022 ticket price which is due to be confirmed early in the New Year.
‘As ever, every effort will be made to keep the ticket price as low as possible, however an increase is anticipated on the 2020 ticket price, as a result of inflation and the impact of two forced cancellations.’
Those who fail to pay the balance by March 7, or cancel their deposit, will be charged an administration fee of £25.00 per ticket and refunded £25.00 per ticket.
All bookings are non refundable after 6th May 2022.
One ticket holder branded the price rise ‘disgusting’ while another tweeted: ‘Not actually saying what the increase is until after the window for a full refund closes is a bit low as well as moving the payment date a month earlier isn’t great for those on a low income.’
Those with tickets will have a week between March 1 and March 7 to pay the remaining balance – to be announced next year – for their ticket plus booking and transaction fees
The annual musical bonanza was due to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020, but was cancelled days before a national lockdown was announced on March 23
A third wrote: ‘Disgusting that the biggest festival in the world are trying to increase prices to those who have secured tickets back in 2019! Absolute joke to increase the price when we agreed a set price in the first place pre pandemic.’
Others were more accommodating joking that they would sell a kidney or pay a grand for a ticket.
Another posted: ‘The cost will never be worth more than the experience.’ Tickets are always snapped up in record time months before the line-up is even announced.
One ticket holder branded the price rise ‘disgusting’ while another tweeted: ‘Not actually saying what the increase is until after the window for a full refund closes is a bit low as well as moving the payment date a month earlier isn’t great for those on a low income’
Some fans were accommodating of the price rise, with one saying: The cost will never be worth more than the experience’
Tickets for 2020 were £17 more expensive than those in 2019 and 2018 which cost £248, plus the £5 booking fee. In 2017 they were £238 and £228 in 2016.
The original festival, headlined by T-Rex in 1970, cost £1 per ticket.
The annual musical bonanza was due to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020, but was cancelled days before a national lockdown was announced on March 23.
Sir Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and rapper Kendrick Lamar were scheduled to headline the Pyramid stage, while Diana Ross was booked for the Sunday afternoon legend slot.
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