Glastonbury sells all 137,500 tickets for June 2011 festival in just four hours

The world's largest open-air music festival has sold out three times as fast as it did for 2010

It's a long, familiar process for thousands across Britain. Left hand on phone. Engaged tone. Redial. Right hand on laptop. Refresh browser. Repeat. And yesterday's attempts proved fruitless for many because tickets for next year's Glastonbury Festival sold out in just over four hours – eight hours quicker than last year.

The website and phone lines for the event, which takes place in June 2011, were inundated by thousands, forcing organisers to apologise to those who missed out.

"Thanks for all your continual support. We're looking forward to seeing those of you who got tickets for next June," said Michael and Emily Eavis. Emily added: "Sorry those of you who waited on the lines but couldn't get tickets. Wish there was a way to fit everyone in."

Fans were able to reserve up to eight tickets at a time for the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world.

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