Glastonbury sells out

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Despite the economic downturn, tickets for the UK's 2009 Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts have sold out, organisers have announced.

No headline acts other than Franz Ferdinand have yet been confirmed for the Glastonbury Festival, which will take place in late June 2009, but it is rumoured Blur, Bruce Springsteen and Lily Allen have agreed to play. An early ticket deposit scheme was launched in October 2008, and organisers said the " vast majority" of festival–goers completed their full payment by 1 February. Last year, around 3, 000 tickets remained unsold in the days leading up to the festival. A very limited amount of cancelled tickets for this year's Festival will be sold on 5 April at 9am from www. seetickets. com/g2009, subject to availability and registration. Glastonbury Festival is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world and a template for all the festivals that have come after it. The festival takes place in South West England at Worthy Farm between the small village of Pilton and Pylle, six miles east of the town of Glastonbury, overlooked by the Glastonbury Tor in the mystical 'Vale of Avalon'. The area has a number of legends and spiritual traditions, and is a 'New Age' site of interest: several ley lines are considered to converge on the Tor. The nearest town to the festival site is Shepton Mallet, three miles (5 km) north east, but there continues to be interaction between the people espousing alternative lifestyles living in Glastonbury and the festival itself. Glastonbury was recently named International Music Festival of the Year for the fourth consecutive year at the 2009 Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in Los Angeles.

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