Unlike previous years where tickets have sold out within seconds, this year’s Glastonbury festival has been a much slower sell, with some tickets still available three days on. Blame has been apportioned on the weather (Glastonbury’s reputation as a mud-bath limits the appeal to hardened festival-goers only), the line up (the headlining act this year is Jay-Z?!) and the price (tickets are now £155 for the weekend – £10 more than last year), but the biggest dent to Glastonbury’s crown has to be from the rise in smaller, local festivals both in the UK and in sunnier European climates. With fancy-dress festival Bestival branching out into two events this year, and niche gatherings such as Beautiful Days and venue-based Great Escape pulling in the music crowds, the founder of the festivals seems to have been overtaken by his proteges.

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