Glastonbury Festival organisers considering a flag ban

following the banning of flags at this weekend's Reading and Leeds

published: Tue 25th Aug 2009

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Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th June 2010
Worthy Farm, Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 4AZ, England MAP
£185 + £5 booking fee (plus £4.95 postage) - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 175000
last updated: Mon 12th Jul 2010

Reading and Leeds festivals organiser Melvin Benn, who has banned festival goers from taking flags to this weekend's Reading and Leeds festivals, has revealed, to the BBC (here) that he has been talking to Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis about introducing a ban at next year's Glastonbury Festival.

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This weekend at the Reading and Leeds events flags will be confiscated at the arena gates. Benn, who also helps organise Glastonbury Festival, says that flags are 'a nightmare' because they block the view for many fans. He is quoted as saying, "I'm doing everything I can to ban flags this year. For some reason those that buy a flag want to be closest to the stage."

Dozens of flags greeted big acts at Glastonbury this year, with fans complaining about the view during Bruce Springsteen's headline set in particular. "You couldn't see the acts," Mr Benn explains. "The flags were everywhere. There have always been flags but not to the level that there has been. And the flags have become very long and tall."

There is no confirmation that a ban on flags will be in place at next year's event. eFestivals will bring you more news on the situation once it becomes available.

Tickets for Glastonbury Festival are not yet on sale. However, registration is open for those wanting a ticket for Glastonbury Festival which runs for five full days from Wednesday 23rd until Sunday 27th June across 1,000 acres of beautiful countryside at Worthy Farm, Somerset.

Everyone who plans to the come the Festival must register, and that includes children aged 13, 14 and 15. Each ticket sold will feature a photograph of the person in whose name it is registered and will be non-transferable. So if you plan to buy tickets for friends or family you must make sure they all register!

Registration does not reserve or guarantee you a ticket when they go on sale some time in October, exact date to be confirmed, but if you don't register you will not be able to buy a weekend ticket for Glastonbury Festival 2010. If you opt to save this information you will be able to use your registration number again in future years. Make sure the e-mail address you provide is one to which you will have long term access.

Online registration can be carried out by clicking here.

Ticket purchasing will require each buyer to input their name and their unique valid registration number for each ticket they purchase. Tickets will be sent out by courier to the addresses specified when making the sale, and if ordering more than one ticket, all tickets will be dispatched to the address provided during registration for the first name on the ticket booking.

Glastonbury Festival will play host to more than 2,000 performances at 50 or so venues including music, cabaret, theatre, circus, and also has a fantastic Kids area, poetry, green crafts and information and loads, loads more.

No acts are confirmed as yet, but as usual eFestivals will bring you the very best-sourced rumours, allowing festival-goers to see who is playing long before the bands are formally announced - keep your eyes on the Glastonbury 2010 rumours, updated as we receive information.

around the festival site (5)

Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th June 2010
Worthy Farm, Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 4AZ, England MAP
£185 + £5 booking fee (plus £4.95 postage) - SOLD OUT
daily capacity: 175000
last updated: Mon 12th Jul 2010


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