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Early sale for Glastonbury 2009

By Rebecca Cafe
BBC Somerset

The Verve's Richard Ashcroft
The Verve closed this year's Glastonbury Festival

Fans wanting to attend next year's Glastonbury Festival will be able to reserve their tickets six months earlier than normal for a 50 deposit.

From October, 100,000 tickets will be made available.

Organiser Michael Eavis said they were changing the ticketing system because of the confusion surrounding the sale of this year's tickets.

They will be put on sale on 5 October ahead of other music festivals in the hope this will avoid 2008's slow sales.

Mr Eavis said he expected there to be a high demand for next year's festival.

"Everybody wants to come - everywhere I go people say 'oh we should've been there and we're so fed up about it' because it was so good," he said.

Michael Eavis
I've never enjoyed it so much although I've had a lot of worries this year with the tickets not selling - I lost half a stone in weight at one point
Michael Eavis

"There was so much stuff going on - Trash City, Shangri-La, The Park - there's all these other things that are going on as well as the main stages and everywhere I go people are kicking themselves because they didn't go, so there really will be a big demand."

He said the ticket price will increase to cover costs, which this year included an unbudgeted 160,000 on fuel.

"We actually did it [the 2008 festival] cheap - we couldn't cover the costs at that price. It wasn't a loss but it wasn't as good as it should've been," he said.

Mr Eavis said despite the stresses associated with organising the festival, he still loved organising it.

"I've never enjoyed it so much although I've had a lot of worries this year with the tickets not selling - I lost half a stone in weight at one point.

"I was so scared but it came through. So when you get so scared like that and then when it comes right in the end it's fantastic.

Jay Z
Jay-Z sang an Oasis song after Noel Gallagher criticised him

"It's completely different to how we're talking six months ago when we were saying 'oh no is this the end? It's on its way out because we didn't sell out straight away...' so we had all those stories about the demise of the festival and they were completely wrong. We completely changed it around."

Although Jay-Z's controversial headline act proved to be a success, Mr Eavis said he does not have plans to book a similar act for next year.

"We'll probably be going for the more traditional headliner next year because there are more of them around and after this year everyone wants to come onboard because it was such a good do.

"The thing is people are coming back."

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