Amid rumors of high profile, legendary potential headliners including Fleetwood Mac, Queen, and AC/DC, 2015’s Glastonbury festival in Somerset, England, sold out all 135,000 tickets in an astounding 26 minutes.
Glastonbury has become a leading festival not only in Europe but worldwide, thanks to its reputation for always delivering stellar lineups. Performers for the 2015 festival have yet to be announced, but that didn’t stop over a hundred thousand people from snatching up pricy tickets in under a half hour. The rush for a spot at Glastonbury most likely has to do with rumors that have been circulating for some time that next year might feature some of the most significant headliners they’ve ever had.
Fleetwood Mac, who recently embarked on their On with the Show tour throughout North America, has been rumored as a potential Glastonbury act for years, but the speculation grew recently when it was announced that longtime member and writer of many of the band’s hits Christine McVie had rejoined the band on a permanent basis after over 15 years in retirement. The group hasn’t announced any UK dates for their current tour, leading many to believe that the beloved band might be headed to Glastonbury after all.
Other possible acts that are rumored to be performing at this year’s festival include English rock band Muse, Australian hard rock icons AC/DC, who recently announced that founding member Malcolm Young was leaving the band and wouldn’t be participating in their forthcoming album and tour following a dementia diagnosis, and British music legends Queen. Depeche Mode, Foo Fighters, and Diana Ross have also been rumored to be playing Glastonbury next year.
Following Glastonbury’s record-setting sell out, the festival’s co-organizer, Emily Eavis, acknowledged the moment on Twitter.
“We have sold out, thank you to everyone for supporting us,” Eavis said. “I’m sorry to those of you who have missed out.”
We have sold out, thank you to everyone for supporting us and i’m sorry to those of you who have missed out.
— Emily Eavis (@emilyeavis) October 5, 2014
Last year’s Glastonbury festival had no shortage of impressive acts, but the festival did spark a bit of controversy when word spread that country music trailblazer Dolly Parton lip-synced most of her performance at the festival. Actor Stephen Fry, who was in attendance, was quick to defend Parton following the allegations.
“Believe me, that is not miming. If it appears not always to lip-sync that’s an HD live processor issue. You see it with news reporters,” Fry said.
2015’s Glastonbury festival will take place from June 24th-28th. The official Glastonbury site states that a resale of cancelled or returned tickets will take place in the spring.