Who has headlined Glastonbury music festival the most, plus how to get tickets

Tickets for Glastonbury 2023 went on sale recently so music fans across the country will be furiously hitting refresh on their laptops.

Coach and ticket packages sold out in half-an-hour, after all.

While the festival is always popular, rumours about who could join the 2023 lineup have got fans even more desperate to be a part of the action.

Amongst the many rumours, Rihanna is hotly tipped to be headliner though Arctic monkeys, Eminem, Rihanna, Harry Styles were all nentioned by music reporter Mark Boardman on the bbc recently.

If it proves true, the Fenty founder will headline for the first time. But who has played Glastonbury more than once, and who’s performed the most?

Who has played Glastonbury the most times?

Van Morrison

Performing at the festival an impressive eight times, Northern-Irish singer Van Morrison has performed at Glastonbury more than anyone else.

Famous for hits like Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison’s first appearance at the iconic festival was in 1982.

He has since appeared in 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997 and 2005.

The second most appearances – having appeared solo and with the group Elvis Costello & The Attractions – is Elvis Costello.

Performing six times over the years, he has been on the lineup for 1984, 1987, 1989, 1994, 2005 and 2013.

Following close behind are Primal Scream.

The Scottish rockers have appeared at the festival five times: 1992, 1998, 2005, 2013 and 2022.

Elvis Costello

Coldplay aren’t too far behind, either, notching up four performances. They’ve played in 2002, 2005, 2011 and 2016.

Lily Allen represents the ladies the most, having also notched up four performances over the years, in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2014.

Who headlined the first Glastonbury?

When Michael Eavis began the now-iconic festival in 1970, it was called the Worthy Farm Pop Festival.

The Kinks were scheduled to headline – but pulled out. Instead, T.Rex, fronted by Marc Bolan, had the honour of headlining.

How To Get Glastonbury Tickets: 4 Killer Tips To Improve Your Chances

Set an alarm around 5am ET (if living on the east coast) or around 2am PT for those booking from the pacific side instead. While, Aussie festival goers can chill until 8pm AEDT before rushing to secure their tickets.

Can I buy Glastonbury tickets from overseas?

Yes, there are no limitations from where you can buy Glastonbury 2023 tickets.

As we have seen before, changing your device country location with a secure VPN service could actually boost your chances of bagging your entrance card.

What kind of Glastonbury 2023 tickets are there?

Beside the combo of festival ticket and coach fare, there are many types of entrances you can choose from.

You can pay an additional fee of £55 for adding a car park pass to your entrance. Likewise, you can pay a starting fee of £150 to secure a place for your caravan. You can even hire tipis to share with your family and friends – each can accommodate up to six adults. This costs £1500 to hire, to pay in full at the time of booking.

There will also be some Sunday tickets exclusively available for Somerset residents.

How do I get to Glastonbury 2023

As festival organizers point out, coaches are the best way to get to the Glastonbury festival. The event’s official partner, National Express, will run services from over 70 locations directly to the festival site. You can check and book your route here(opens in new tab).

If you are thinking of coming by train, the closest station is Castle Cary. Here, there will be a free shuttle bus running throughout the event days.

Those coming by car or campervan should keep in mind that, despite the name, the festival is not actually located in the town of Glastonbury. As with previous events, Glastonbury 2023 will be held at Worthy Farm which is in Pilton, in Somerset.

Glastonbury children’s tickets

If you are thinking of heading to the festival with all your family, good news: kids under 12 go free!

Glastonbury festival is a popular destination for families, too. So, nothing to worry about. Just make sure to keep an eye on the youngest family members at all times.

Get Glastonbury tickets: what to do if you miss out

If you miss out on the registration end date, don’t panic. There’s still another chance around April when returned tickets get resold. So, you still have a chance to land your Glastonbury 2023 spot. Plus, you can always work there and get in for free.

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