Emily Eavis has addressed the spike in ticket price for next summer’s Glastonbury festival after fans described it as a ‘p*sstake’.
The enormous music event usually sells out in minutes, but a few fans have been disappointed to see that the cost of tickets has jumped up to £335, plus a £5 booking fee.
Emily, who organises the world-famous festival and is the daughter of its founder Michael, said that the Glastonbury team has tried ‘very hard’ to keep ticket prices low.
She cited the rising cost of basically everything when addressing the new price in a statement.
Glastonbury normally attracts the biggest names in the music industry, with headliners over the years including Coldplay, Kanye, Dolly Parton, Adele, Beyonce, Arctic Monkeys and Jay-Z.
Rumours for this year’s festival, which will take place between 21 and 25 June 2023 at Worthy Farm, include Harry Styles, Roxy Music, Eminem, Elton John and Arctic Monkeys.
But despite such huge names, many are outraged at the ‘big leap’ of a price of a weekend at Glastonbury.
One person said: “I’ve been to Glastonbury once. Was an brilliant experience. Incredible festival. That being said, given the current climate, £340 is an absolute p*sstake. What are you getting above an beyond 10-15 years ago when the prices were half that?”
Another said: “Glastonbury’s price increase from £270 to £340 is a 26% price increase. Part inevitable but further removing the festival from its radical roots & pricing it out of the reach of many music lovers.”
Someone else commented: “Glastonbury now costing £340 is unsurprising but also concerning. Don’t think this is the festival organisers fault, they are just another victim of the current climate, but this doesn’t help the idea that the music industry is increasingly closing itself off to the working class.”
Emily said: “I wanted to post about the Glastonbury 2023 ticket price which was announced today.
“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. And, as always, there will be opportunities for many thousands of people to come as volunteers or as part of the crew.
“In these incredibly challenging times, we want to continue to bring you the best show in the world and provide our charities with funds which are more vital than ever. We are, as always, hugely appreciative of your ongoing support.”
Thankfully, many music fans have said they understand why Glastonbury tickets are suddenly costing so much more.
Someone wrote: “A Glastonbury ticket is worth well over £1000. The price hike is totally justified, especially in the current economical climate. It’s always been obscenely cheap for what you get imo. I’m surprised it wasn’t done sooner – it speaks volumes about what they stand for.”
Another said: “Never been to Glastonbury, but if I did, I’d probably think £330 was pretty decent value, especially when the likes of Chris Martin and his merry band of sustainable touring hypocrites are knocking out 2 hours at the Etihad for £500+.”
One commented: “I mean, it‘s still a bargain, but that’s a big leap. Goes to show how all the price increases over the last year cascade through. Their staff need paying after all, and there’s a fair few lights and speakers…”
One person joked: “£340 for Glastonbury tickets… the first time I went, I paid a dodgy geezer £20 for a wristband and a lift over the fence.”
Someone else quipped: “£340 for Glastonbury next year ! Bloody Hell, you could have the heating on all morning for that.”
And summing it all up, someone else wrote: “If you think I’m willing to spend £350 on a ticket to the greatest place and biggest party on the plant then your right, I am…”
Glastonbury 2023 is scheduled for 21 to 25 June at Worthy Farm in Somerset, with tickets on sale on 6 November.
ITV confirms release date for new single parents dating show dubbed ‘middle-aged Love Island’
ITV has confirmed that its brand-new dating series for single parents is officially a thing, and it’s hitting our screens later this year.
It had long been rumoured that ITV had a somewhat Love Island-inspired spin-off series geared more towards those looking for love in the middle of their lives in the works, with reports hotly-tipping it to hit screens soon first surfacing back in July of last year – but nothing was actually set in stone at that point.
Then it was revealed back in January that, after months of speculation, all the rumours were true, as the broadcaster was actively casting for contestants and calling on single parents across the UK to get their applications in.
Already having been dubbed “middle-aged Love Island”, but previously called the working title of The Romance Retreat, ITV explained when it first put out the casting call that the new series would see a group of “vibrant single parents” from across the UK all meet under one roof, and that it was set to be the only dating show where they can search for love in a safe space.
Now, coming up to six months after that initial casting call, ITV has confirmed that the long-awaited series is finally set to hit TV screens later this autumn.
Given the new official title of My Mum, Your Dad, and hosted by legendary TV presenter Davina McCall, ITV took to social media yesterday to reveal that the “secret is finally out”.
Teasing a little more information about the new show, ITV explained: “My Mum, Your Dad is a brand-new series following a group of single parents looking for a second chance at love. They’ve been nominated by their grown-up kids, but what they don’t know is that their kids are watching their every move, playing matchmaker and holding cushions over their faces as they watch the shenanigans.”
An exact release date for the show is expected to be announced by ITV in due course, so you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled.
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Matty Healy delivers perfect reply to being called a ‘slack-jawed f***wit’ by Noel Gallagher live on stage
Matty Healy is once again poking the beehive and after being called a “slack-jawed f***wit’ by Noel Gallagher, The 1975 frontman delivered the perfect comedic response to his comments.
Healy was on stage in Dublin on Wednesday, 7 June, essentially warming up for himself after American singer Caroline Polachek had to pull out of the show, playing an hour of additional 1975 songs that didn’t make it onto the headline setlist.
A much more informal set than the main show — just Matty, a guitar, a keyboard his laptop and a little help from bandmate Jamie Squire — he spent lots of time chatting with the crowd and at one point, addressed the Manc music legend’s recent roasting.
The former Oasis songwriter and guitarist was sitting down with The Spin when the interviewer asked what he made of Matty Healy’s comments that he and brother Liam should “stop marding” and get back together — to which Noel said: “Oh, that slack-jawed f***wit… He needs to get over how shit his band is and split up.” Bit harsh but the 34-year-old seemed to take it in stride and had his own cold comeback.
Clearly enjoying having riled up the 56-year-old, Healy fired back by saying “The difference between me and Noel is I do a series of interviews to promote an album, whereas he does an album to promote a series of interviews”.
As one person posted in the comments, “I’m not the biggest 1975 fan but he’s absolutely mugged him off here”, and a lot of people tended to agree.
Healy did assure the cheering crowd that he and the band all “love Noel Gallagher” and claimed that they even “asked Liam to open up for [them] but he was busy” — we would have paid good money to see that happen.
Nevertheless, we’re certainly enjoying this hilarious little spat between the two and whatever you make of the two of them, they sure. Also, Matty’s right, the Gallagher bros should just get over it already and give the people what they want: an Oasis reunion. One day, we can always pray.