Glastonbury: First tickets sell out in 22 minutes for 2023 festival

Jack White performs at Glastonbury 2022  (Getty Images)
Jack White performs at Glastonbury 2022 (Getty Images)

The first wave of Glastonbury 2023 tickets sold out in 22 minutes on Thursday, despite the cost of individual tickets rising to more than £300 for the first time.

With the line-up still to be confirmed, festival-goers had their first chance to acquire a type of ticket that covers coach travel as well as access to the weekend’s entertainment.

But there will be further chances to get your pass to Worthy Farm. The remaining tickets will go on sale on Sunday from 9am.

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)

Despite the tickets costing £70 more for next June’s event than last year, punters appear more than happy to fork out for the chance of seeing rumoured headliners Eminem, Harry Styles and Arctic Monkeys - who previously graced the Pyramid Stage in 2013.

Festival-goers reported that the website SeeTickets, the only valid source for purchase, crashed as thousands tried to book their place.

In selling out in 22 minutes, it is the fastest the first part of the booking process has concluded since 2017. Coach tickets were snapped up in 29 minutes in 2018 and 27 minutes in 2019.

With the event being cancelled in 2020, ticket holders were able to attend earlier this year when Kendrick Lamar and Billie Eilish headlined.

For 2023, the price of one standard ticket is £335 with a £5 booking fee. This compares to £265 when they last went on sale in 2019.

Emily Eavis, who co-organises the festival with her father Michael Eavis, wrote on Twitter: “We have tried very hard to minimise the increase in price on the ticket but we’re facing enormous rises in the costs of running this vast show, whilst still recovering from the huge financial impact of two years without a festival because of Covid.

“The £50 deposit on ticket sales day in November will be the same as ever, with the balance not due until April.”