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Is Glastonbury losing its appeal?
The long-range forecast is for drier weather in June and the Glastonbury acts — according to organiser Michael Eavis — are fantastic but something seems to be wrong down in Somerset.
Ticket sales have been distinctly soggy this year, whereas rival festivals like those in Reading or Leeds are boasting sellouts.
Possible causes being bandied around are worries about the mud after last year’s persistent rain; the new registration process which some critics have claimed tends to put off younger fans and the naming of a rapper, Jay-Z, as the headline act.
Some are saying that with something like 177,500 people there last year, the whole event is just getting too big and losing touch with its roots. Why go and slop around in the mud when you can go to one of the growing number of “boutique” music festivals abroad?
Do you think Glastonbury is losing its appeal?