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Glastonbury Festival Tickets Up For Charity Auction

Matt Crisp February 11, 2023

The organisers of Glastonbury Festival have teamed up with charity The Trussell Trust to auction ticket packages for this summer’s festival. Somerset Live reports that the exclusive tickets will be up for auction during mid February to raise money for anti-poverty causes in the UK, as millions of people battle with the cost of living crisis. 

Among the incredible tickets on offer is the chance for two entrants to watch a set from the viewing platform of the Pyramid Stage, and another two for the Other Stage. There are various other exclusive opportunities to take part in the opening ceremony parade, introduce acts, and push the ‘fire’ button on the legendary Arcadia Stage.

Regular tickets for this summer’s festival sold out within an hour of going on sale last November, despite technical issues with the website. The NME reports that coach and ticket packages sold out even faster, in just 25 minutes. Organisers of the festival said in a Tweet that any cancelled or returned tickets would be resold this spring.

The Trussell Trust works to support a network of 1,200 food banks around the UK by organising fundraising activities and donating food packages. It also works towards a long term strategy to end hunger and lift 14 million people in the UK above the poverty line, including 4.5 million children. 

Emily Eavis, co-organiser of Glastonbury Festival, said: “We are really pleased to be able to partner with the Trussell Trust, who, together with their network of food banks, work tremendously hard during these challenging times to provide food and practical support for communities all over the country.”

She added: “We hope this rare ticket auction will help raise significant funds to support their remarkable work.”

Emma Revie, CEO of The Trussell Trust, added: “Between April and September of last year, our network of food banks distributed a staggering 1.3 million food parcels. People are struggling to survive amid the soaring costs of food, energy bills and other essential items.”

“We are extremely grateful to Glastonbury Festival for offering such amazing experiences and enabling us to launch an auction that will raise vital funds to support people facing hardship.”

The Glastonbury Festival has a long history of supporting charitable causes. In previous years, it has raised millions of pounds for major charities including Oxfam, Water Aid, and Greenpeace.

Despite being sold out, the full line up for this year’s festival has yet to be confirmed. Elton John is headlining the Pyramid Stage on Sunday as the only officially confirmed act. Rumour has it that Guns ‘N’ Roses will be the Saturday headliners, with the Arctic Monkeys favourites for Friday night. 

Other artists strongly rumoured to be appearing include Lewis Capaldi, Papaphone, Lizzo, Billy Bragg, Fatboy Slim, Craig Charles, and Pulp. The full official line up is not expected to be confirmed until May. 


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