Four in Five Fans Wanted to Sell Their Glastonbury Tickets After Metallica Announcement, Poll Finds

"Fans around the country have been left feeling done by," the spokesperson says.

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A recent poll conducted on 2,000 Glastonbury 2014 ticket owners has confirmed that four in five fans have wanted to sell their tickets after the announcement of Metallica as one of the event's headliners.

As Independent reports, re-selling the tickets would be an impossible task, seeing that personalization has been enforced on buyers to prevent touting.

According to the same source, a Viagogo spokesperson has noted that "these findings support widespread media reports that Metallica was a controversial choice to headline one of the world's most iconic music festivals.

"Fans around the country have been left feeling done by, with the festival organizers holding back the headline announcement until after the final resale date. We believe that once you've bought a ticket it's yours and if you want to sell it or give it away, you should be allowed to do so.

"In this case, with an unpopular headline act announced late, ticket holders lose out because they can't resell their tickets and Metallica fans lose out because they can't buy them," the spokesperson concluded.

As for Metallica, the members of the iconic act took most of public jabs in their stride, expressing certainty about rocking the Pyramid Stage. Speaking of which, their performance is set to take place tomorrow night (June 28), check back in soon for more info.

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    Metallica, no, but Skrillex, yes? You never go full retard.
    My Opinion? I think they're mad because they've been told to be mad. Hipsters think as a whole, they're as independent and individual as ants.
    please metallica im begging you, play dyers eve and trapped under ice and the heaviest songs you have just to piss them off even more. no black album compromises.
    Whiny little bitches.
    Not me. I'll just go watch someone else. There's more than 1 band there. This is nonsense anyway. I'm standing at the Other Stage right now waiting for Band of Skulls and all I've heard so far are people looking forward to Metallica.
    I just thought I'd let you know that I caught the drum stick at Band of Skulls!
    Me and a friend saw Band of Skulls at a little venue in Pittsburgh and the guitarist gave him the second half of one of his beers. He drank it like it was liquid gold and then I told him he was probably going to get Hipsteritis. Seriously, they kicked ass though.
    Who cares about bloody Glastonbury anyway. They should just stop talking about this sh*t. If they don't want to see perhaps one of the greatest metal bands in the world just don't show up.
    Well they have already payed for the tickets.
    link no1
    Your point being? I went to Download festival where Prodigy was a headlining band, despite not being a fan of them. I didn't whine and throw tantrums like the bitches that attend Glastonbury, I just didn't watch them and stayed with my mates getting drunk.
    once saw them too, not good, but my own fault cause wasn't on acid at the time
    It's not like Metallica is the only band playing. I don't get what the problem is with this festival. You never go to a festival to see every single act anyway.
    Van Guff
    It's on BBC as per. I'm looking forward for 2 reasons: Because it's Metallica, and they're freaking awesome live, and because I want to see the indie crowds loosing their shit because they realise that they've actually enjoyed it.
    I agree, but if it was a metal festival and Lil Wayne got announced as headliner I think most people here would complain.
    link no1
    Unlikely. Sonisphere is a 'metal festival' but they had some old rapper guys playing there on the second stage. Can't remember their name at all though. There has also been a pop band there. In both cases the crowd was lovin that shizz. Pretty sure Download festival has done the same thing. But being more specific, Lil Wayne is somebody to complain about in general. Whether it's at a metal festival or even somewhere he fits in. Why? Because he is garbage. So no, I don't think people would complain. At least if it was somebody of worth.
    People would loose their shit if he was headlining Wacken. But that's strictly a metal festival, so it makes sense. I'm not sure why people get so upset at this, Glastonbury seems to be about variety anyway, is it really that far out with a bit of metal? It works fine for Roskilde, noone batted an eye when Carcass and Major Lazor were announced the same day. When a festival is focusing on genre variety it really shouldn't be that controversial when a bit of metal is announced.
    It's all here on youtube. As usual it's not note perfect by them but has a hell of a lot of energy. I bag 'Tallica from time to time but if you saw this same performance in a little club it probably would've blown your mind.
    has nothing to do with the band, it's just their fans don't shower very often
    Although I am a fan and a clean one, I have to somewhat agree with you. Some metal fans are nasty, smell bad and do all kinds of stupidity such as taking a piss right there in the concert. Some of them are clean and well behaved. I mean, I know it is a metal concert but jeez, being a metalhead doesnt mean one has to be nasty. -There, I said it
    I saw RATM at their last Big Day Out festival tour in 2007, it was an awesome line up; Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, Bjork, etc. and RATM headlining. Bjork was on the neighboring stage just before Rage, the crowd I was front amongst. Bjork was brilliant. But there was a sea of metal heads booing, sticking their fingers up... it was so embarrassing , and she saw it, everyone did. Probably why they gave up is their most vocal supporters are complete dipsheets
    its all bullshit seeing as four fifths of concert goers didnt sell their tickets. Ultimate guitar writers have a masturbatory love-hate for metallica, dave mutaine, and ted nugent
    The headline announcement was done after they were allowed to sell their tickets, if I read it right. (Then again it is kinda BS that you'd put a restriction like that on a concert ticket. Say something more important comes up at the last minute - you'd want to be able to sell your ticket, right?)
    the content of this article compared to the comment section of this thread sadly goes to show how out of touch most UG commenters are
    "oh no a band i don't like i hate this time to sell my ticket"
    Can you imagine this mentality for Sonisphere or Download ticket buyers? All they ever do is whine about the line ups past the headline acts, but they all still go because they don't let those few bands ruin it for them. Glastonbury? Pfft, one band they don't like and they've thrown their tickets away. Now try and tell me that this isn't about closed mindedness, I dare you.
    And most of those who are like "oh noes, I hate Metallica" based their decision on hearing the chorus of Enter Sandman once, 20 years ago.
    Eh, I kind of feel like these people deserve the right to sell their ticket. I mean if you had tickets to a major metal festival and then they decided after you couldn't change it anymore they wanted lil wayne to headline with his guitar... I know my example is much more extreme, but I can certainly see some of what people are angry about.
    Glastonbury is just a festival, though. It's not specifically a pop, rock, folk, blues, jazz, jazz/blues or blues/jazz festival. So really, I don't see why anyone can bitch about them getting, in a headline slot, one of the world's biggest live acts.
    But you can imagine the pain that we would feel if download held back on their final headline until we couldn't buy or sell tickets, and then they announced something completely off like Nicki Minaj. You'd feel robbed of a decent headline
    read my previous comment, you go to a, lets say, world music festival and all the metal heads start booing music they can't relate to .. kills the vibe
    When has this ever happened? I think you REALLY have a narrow-minded view of Metalheads.
    no i've seen Metallica live, Slipknot (who were great) Avenged Sevenfold, My bloody valentine, a couple of times lol,and quite a few metal festivals, really to many to mention...
    No wonder you have a biased/limited opinion of metalheads. Judging by your list you may as well have based your judgement on an Oasis concert.
    You're forgetting that Glastonburry festival is not just one more music festival. It's dedicated to environmental issues, at least historically, and Metallica doesn't really represent what the festival stands for. People don't want Metallica to be there not because Metallica is metal or because they don't like Enter Sandman, but because it kinda goes against the original idea of the festival.
    Seriously. I recently won tickets to see Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails, and although I'm not particularly fond of NIN, I'm still going for Soundgarden. Just because someone you don't like is there doesn't mean that you're fun is absolutely ruined. Just ****ing enjoy the people you want to see.
    Like you just said yourself, you won the tickets. In other words, you didn't pay a cent for those tickets. Therefore your situation is absolutely different and it doesn't count.
    link no1
    I PAID for tickets to see 5 bands. I disliked 3 of them. I still went because the other 2 are awesome.
    Lmao, I'd buy a ticket from one of them just to witness all the butthurt people booing Metallica off the stage.
    I'd buy a ticket, could probably grab one second hand real cheap. Especially after seeing all this shit, we know tallica is gonna play an absolutely killer show. Even if it is simply out of spite in the end.
    I just can't wrap my head around this: is there something wrong with metallica? I'd love to see them live as often as possible. And if it's about the whole hunting thing, well, I see no reason why that would affect the quality of the music. They're a killer live band nevertheless.
    That's what you get for buying a glorified lottery ticket. But even then, selling your ticket because you don't like one headliner is dumb, there's loads of bands at Glastonbury, go see them instead, or give Metallica a shot at the very least, they put on a pretty good show live.
    greif hammer
    Why can't people just watch a band at a different stage while Metallica play? Do they really need to sell their tickets? I thought Glastonbury was huge, surely the don't have to watch every band that's playing. It's the buyers fault for buying a ticket to something before knowing what the line up is. Buyer beware people!
    Think of it this way, Metallica is on last. So just leave early and you won't miss anything...
    Four in five fans can go **** themselves. Skrillex will be there, if you enjoy skrillex you lose your right to criticise other music. I mean, defend pop music and all, enjoy gangnam style, we all have different tastes, but to enjoy skrillex is too far.
    Metallica went down a storm last night at Glastonbury. They loved it, the crowd loved, everyone's a winner!
    Hell, I'll tell those 4 people what to do with their tickets. Sell them to me and 3 of my friends and the entire time that piece of crap festival is going on, me and my friends will be chilling drinking... smoking... doing whatever it is we do, and we'll walk through the gates once Metallica... one of the greatest heavy metal bands on the world take the stage and tell those people to f*ck off by playing a set like only they can play.
    Well its their loss tbh...Metallica may be getting on a bit, but they can still put on one hell of a show
    I think it's a dick move on organisers' part to announce headline acts after tickets have sold out. They do it all the time and it bugs me because you end up with something like this where had people known who was playing beforehand, people who are into that kind of music would flock to see them. As a result of this bullshit way of selling festival tickets I fear Metallica will have a really hard time tomorrow night (I'm not even that much of a fan but I respect them).
    the point is there are a thousand bands there, you dont like one band then go to another stage
    I actually hate this too. I've seen more festivals around my own area start moving to announcements first which I'm glad for.
    Wow, first world problems eh? Be thankful you get an amazing metal band and live act to come to you and perform for you. So what James hunts? You probably complain on your little iPhones which were made by 12 year old Taiwanese kids anyway. Idiots.
    I am not a metal head. I wanted to watch all the lighter/quieter stuff on at Glastonbury. Stuff like Jake Bugg, Bombay bicycle club and arcade fire. But last night I gave Metallica a go, and they're not bad. The guitar solos are something else. Maybe everyone should not judge their live act on recorded stuff.
    Poor little Hipsters have to sit around and listen to Metallica...yeah I don't feel bad for them at all
    if you don't want to see Metallica play, then go home when the bands you do want to see are done playing. no one is forcing you to watch Metallica. stop being a baby you little bitches.
    I like it... It reminds of the classic Metallica image from the 80's when noone played their songs on the radio and they didn't want thrash-metal in the mainstream, Grammys '89 anyone? Mind you these people are still up in their own asses, but nevertheless, to me it's cool to see that they are still portrayed as "outsider" music.
    I don't care WHAT kind of scene or music you're into.. Someone who bitches about potentially seeing Metallica live doesn't deserve to the ears they were given hear their shitty music.
    I'm curious. I'm a drummer and all I keep hearing is all this bullshit about how Lars can't drum. I watched them at Glasto last night and he played his gooddamn heart out! Faster than whenever I've seen them play. What exactly is it he's not doing? That twat out of Mogwai should eat his ****ing words. Saw footage of them and they sucked.
    watched it live on BBC last night, it went down a treat with the crowd!
    Same here.crowd seemed to enjoy could see there was thousands of them when the lights got put on.the setlist was a bit too safe for me tho.would to have liked to have seen more more from ajfa.
    Sorry but why does everyone seem to hate Metallica all of a sudden? yeah I know they hunt bears n stuff but that doesnt lower the quality of their music.
    You know what? F**k 'em. They are not worthy of Metallica. Enjoy the Ed Sheeran pit...
    Who buys tickets before annonce of the groups ? And why are those people called fans ? Fans of who ? Fans that blow air ?
    As mainstream and big it seems they've become, I'd still pay $40 a ticket for nosebleeds.
    If you dont want to see Metallica, go see another band. It's not like Glasto are slacking in that department. Selling your ticket is a bit extreme
    This is stupid on both ends. If you can't enjoy an entire festival because of one act.. wow. That said I can't imagine why Glasto doesn't lock these things down and announce headliners way in advance of tickets going on sale.
    Serious question - who would they rather have as a headliner? Guess I'm kind of ignorant to the type of fans and acts Glastonbury attracts...
    Since when has Metallica ever been a controversial band? Haven't they played Download many times? I can't understand get fans are unhappy with this legendary metal band.
    So one band they don't like are playing at a festival (a friggin festival!) so they want to sell their tickets? Have these people matured yet? That would be like me not buying a packet of Skittles because I don't like the yellow flavour.
    I can't help but feel all this Metallica controversy is an overxaggeration for media views. There's always a lot fo complaining when surprising headliners are announced but this has painted to look like some massive backlash and I have yet to even remotely see anyone going to Glasto be seriously upset over this.
    So they asked 2000 hipsters then, great... I can't wait til tomorrow when the daily Glastonbury isn't where Metallica is allowed article quota is filled or when the concert happens
    What's up with the Glastonbury crowd? They should appreciate the fact that one of the biggest rock bands out there plays at that festival!
    It's like you should appreciate that one of the biggest pop stars Justin Bieber performs at Rock am Ring. Easy to appreciate a thing like that?