Update 18th March: Glastonbury 2020 has been cancelled due to coronavirus. As such, this page will no longer be updated. More info.
If you’ve missed out when tickets for Glastonbury’s 50th-anniversary this June sold out in minutes, here are some more chances to get your hands on Glastonbury tickets in these competitions.
Last year, we listed competitions from WaterAid, EE, Heatworld, eFestivals, BBC Radio 6 Music, Mallets Cider, Oxfam, National Express, GWR and The Co-op. We’ll be keeping an eye on all of these for any 2020 giveaways.
So far, only Mallets Cider, BBC Radio 1 and Waterstones have been giving away Glastonbury 2020 tickets. The Waterstones competition was only open to people who pre-ordered the Glastonbury 50 book from them and closed when the book was released on 31st October. BBC Radio 1 gave away tickets as part of a treasure hunt, with the ‘golden ticket’ being found in a portable toilet in Cardiff.
Prizes: 10 pairs of Glastonbury 2020 tickets
Closing date: 7th June 2020
How to enter:
- Buy a promotional pack of Mallets Original or Dark Fruit Cider
- Enter the unique code at WinWithMallets.co.uk before 7th June
- 10 winners will be drawn at random from all valid entries by 9th June
Ahead of Glastonbury 2019, Somerset supplier Mallets replaced Thatchers as the festival’s main supplier of cider. The brand from the Showerings Cider Mill in Shepton Mallet is part of the Brothers Cider family and was sold at 110 bars across Glasto’ after securing a four-year deal.
After running a similar competition last year, Mallets are back with the first major Glastonbury 2020 ticket giveaway. In addition to the ten pairs of tickets, 1000 runners-up will instantly win a Mallets t-shirt and festival hat when entering their unique code.
Winners will be notified via a phone call within two days of the draw taking place and must name the guest they’ll be taking during that call. It won’t be possible to change this name later. Check out the full terms & conditions.
Look out for promotional packs of Mallets Cider to enter. Current stockists include Tesco, who sell twelve 440ml cans for £7.
Emerging Talent Competition
Go one step further than winning entry to the festival with Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competiton, which gives acts of any musical genre the chance to win a slot on one of the main stages.
The winner will receive a £5,000 prize while two runners up will get £2,500 prizes. While only the overall winner is guaranteed to make the Glastonbury line-up, all eight shortlisted finalists have been given slots the last five times the competition has run.
Entries are open for one week only from 9am Monday 27th January until 5pm Monday 3rd February 2020. Entrants must supply an original song on SoundCloud alongside a video of themselves performing. 30 music writers will then help compile a longlist of 90 acts.
BBC Radio 1 JanSlam
Prizes: 1 pair of Glastonbury 2020 tickets
Closing date: Approximately 8:13am, 20th January 2020
How to enter:
- Listen to Radio 1 from 8am Monday 20th January
- Work out a three-letter word from the clues given on-air
- Text your answer, followed by your name and age, to 81199
- Answer the phone if called back live on-air
On Monday 20th January, BBC Radio 1 gave away a pair of Glastonbury tickets on the Greg James Breakfast Show as part of JanSlam.
Contestants needed to work out a three-letter word from three clues given on air just after 8am. The codeword to enter for Glastonbury tickets was: PEG
Listeners had 10 minutes from around 8:03am to text their correct answer (PEG), name and age to 81199, charged at the standard rate. From the entries that got it right, a shortlist of 50 winners were drawn at random.
Winner ‘Erin’ was phoned-back live on-air that morning. Having answered the phone within 30 seconds she won the tickets; had she failed to do so or if the call had gone to voicemail the prize would have been forfeited and they’d have called the next person on the shortlist.
Glastonbury tickets were previously given away by Radio 1 as part of a treasure hunt last October and as part of JanSlam in 2017. The competition runs every weekday morning in January and this year’s other prizes include Creamfields tickets, Lewis Capaldi tickets and the chance to see The 1975 perform at Radio 1 with Annie Mac.
BBC Radio 1 Treasure Hunt
On the morning of 24th October 2019, listeners to BBC Radio 1’s Greg James Breakfast Show were invited to take part in a treasure hunt. Four golden tickets were hidden at locations across the UK with clues given on-air during the show. The first person to find a golden ticket won a pair of tickets to Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Reading or Leeds and Glastonbury.
A ticket was quickly found hidden inside a portable toilet in Cardiff’s Bute Park, at which point all the prizes were won and the other tickets became void. All of the golden tickets were biodegradable and the others were hidden in portable toilets on the Meadows in Edinburgh, outside The Odyssey in Belfast and at Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park.
Waterstones book preorder
Glastonbury 50, the book celebrating the festival’s 50th anniversary, was released at the end of October 2019. Those who pre-ordered the book from Waterstones online were entered into a prize draw for one pair of Glastonbury 2020 tickets.
The competition closed when the book was released on 31st October 2019.
Featured image credit: Anna Barclay