Glastonbury fest reports strong sales

Organizers introduced a deposit system this year

LONDON -- Organizers of the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival have reported strong sales, following the introduction of a deposit plan.

About 137,500 tickets went on sale on Oct. 5, priced 175 pounds ($248.33), but festivalgoers also were able to reserve a ticket with a 50 pound ($70.95) deposit. The balance of the ticket price had to be paid by Feb. 1, with a 40 pound ($56.75) refund for those who did not complete the purchase.

In a statement, organizers said there were a "limited amount of canceled tickets" from those who did not complete the purchase after reserving a ticket. These will go on sale on April 5 via ticketing partner See Tickets' Web site, which is also currently offering a "limited number of tickets" to registered users.

The festival has a photo ID registration system is in place to prevent ticket touts and auction site users profiteering.

Around 3,000 tickets were still available for Glastonbury the day before last year's festival, but it eventually sold out.

The festival, which has been organized by Somerset dairy farmer Michael Eavis since 1970, is staged Jan. 26-28 and rumored headliners include Bruce Springsteen and reformed U.K. rock act Blur.