Glastonbury 2023: Tips and tricks for getting tickets as they go on sale today

Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset (Yui Mok/PA)
Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset (Yui Mok/PA)

The moment festival goers have been waiting for is just hours away — tickets for Glastonbury 2023 will go on sale today, Thursday, November 3.

As one of the UK’s biggest festivals, tickets are always in high demand, and hundreds of thousands of people are sure to be left disappointed.

To ensure your spot at Worthy Farm next June, there are a few steps you can take to increase your chances of securing tickets.

Nick Baker, a telecoms expert at Uswitch.com, the comparison and switching service, offers some tips and tricks.

How to get Glastonbury tickets

Tickets plus coach travel will go on sale today, Thursday, November 3, at 6 pm.

General admission tickets will go on sale on Sunday, November 6, at 9 am.

Registration closed at 5 pm on Monday, October 31.

Tickets will be sold exclusively via See Tickets.

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Get set and prep

Preparation is key. Prior to tickets going live, make sure you have registered for the festival and that it’s been approved. You may not be able to purchase tickets without this approval.

Note down in your calendar the exact date and time that tickets will be available for purchase. And, if you’re really eager, consider setting alarms up to 10 minutes before tickets go on sale, providing you with time to prepare.

Decide in advance the types of tickets you want to purchase and agree with your friends that those are the tickets you are getting. This way, you won’t waste any time at checkout. Be careful to enter your details accurately - if you don’t, it could lead to (expensive) complications.

Buffering zone

The last thing you want when in the midst of booking festival tickets is for your internet connection to drop out mid-checkout, as this could risk losing all your progress and put you back to the end of the queue.

Before you start the buying process, check your internet connection is up to scratch by running a speed test. If your internet is not performing as well as it should, it might be worth contacting your provider to see if there’s an issue.

If you’re out of contract or nearing the end of your current broadband deal, it’s worth running a comparison to see what reliable broadband packages are currently available. If you are using your mobile to make the purchase, consider using Wi-Fi if you’re not confident in your local network signal.

Glastonbury Festival 2022

Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Kendrick Lamar performed an array of hit songs from his back catalogue accompanied by finely choreographed dancers (PA Wire)
Kendrick Lamar performed an array of hit songs from his back catalogue accompanied by finely choreographed dancers (PA Wire)
Glastonbury Festival 2022: Soul singer Diana Ross fills the Sunday teatime legends slot on the Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival (PA)
Glastonbury Festival 2022: Soul singer Diana Ross fills the Sunday teatime legends slot on the Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival (PA)
The crowd watch soul singer Diana Ross fill the Sunday teatime legends slot on the Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm (PA)
The crowd watch soul singer Diana Ross fill the Sunday teatime legends slot on the Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm (PA)
Billie Eilish performs on the Pyramid main stage at Glastonbury Festival (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Billie Eilish performs on the Pyramid main stage at Glastonbury Festival (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Sir Paul McCartney on stage during his headline appearance at the Glastonbury Festival (PA)
Sir Paul McCartney on stage during his headline appearance at the Glastonbury Festival (PA)
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg makes a speech on the Pyramid Stage stage during day four of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm (Getty Images)
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg makes a speech on the Pyramid Stage stage during day four of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm (Getty Images)
Skunk Anansie performs on The Other Stage during day four of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm (Getty Images)
Skunk Anansie performs on The Other Stage during day four of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm (Getty Images)
Ellie Rowsell and Theo Ellis of Wolf Alice performing on the Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festiva (PA)
Ellie Rowsell and Theo Ellis of Wolf Alice performing on the Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festiva (PA)
US rapper Megan Thee Stallion (C) plays the Other Stage at the Glastonbury festival (AFP via Getty Images)
US rapper Megan Thee Stallion (C) plays the Other Stage at the Glastonbury festival (AFP via Getty Images)
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds performing at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm (PA)
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds performing at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm (PA)

Don’t refresh

Once online and ready to go, avoid refreshing the page, as this may cause you to lose your place in the queue. See Tickets will automatically refresh for you when you are given the opportunity to pick your tickets. Similarly, avoid opening multiple tabs for the same ticket retailer, as this may lead the ticket system to believe that you’re a ‘bot’ and therefore prevent you from accessing the website and purchasing tickets altogether.

Never give up

The ticket retailer will be its busiest as soon as tickets go on sale, and significant site traffic can sometimes cause online complications and page crashes.

Even if an event appears to be sold out on the ticket website, this is not always the case. Occasionally, high site traffic can result in tickets appearing falsely unavailable.

If this happens, be sure to continue checking and looking for tickets over the following few hours. Additional tickets may appear and this could be your chance to secure them.

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Don’t fall victim to scams

Aside from See Tickets, no other site or agency will be allocated Glastonbury tickets, so be wary of making a purchase through another retailer.

All tickets for the festival are individually personalised to the named ticket holder and are strictly non-transferable, which is to attempt to stop resellers. Security checks are carried out on arrival, and only the specified ticket holder will be admitted to the festival.

If you miss out on tickets when they go on sale, any cancellations will be made available for resale at face value via the festival’s authorised ticket agency only.