Thursday, 22 January 2009

Glastonbury 2009 already 90% sold out

This year's Glastonbury festival is already edging toward a sell-out –and before a single act has been announced. Some 90% of the festival's 137,500 tickets have now been sold, according to organiser Michael Eavis. Organisers took a different tack for the 2009 festival, putting tickets on sale in October – six months earlier than usual.

Speaking at the Miden conference in Cannes, Eavis boasted that four headliners had already been booked for the June event – two English artists and two from the US. "We've got four headliners at the moment," he said. "If they all confirm, then I've got two headliners for Saturday."

Blur, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Kaiser Chiefs have been strongly rumoured for this summer's festival. Because bands play Glastonbury for "very little money", Eavis said, he delays announcing the lineup until bigger groups have had the chance to sell tickets for their own British and European tours.

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