The base price is expensive but, to be fair, it's the only mainstream festival that lets you take your own booze into the arena. The amount I drunk last year would have cost me over £100 easily, possibly even £200 at festival prices. As it was I bought 3 crates of beer and a box of wine for about £25 and that did me for the entire thing.
Well, didn't manage to get tickets, even with 3 of my friends trying too. Didn't even get past the first page online. Couldn't get through on the phone. Feel a bit gutted. Same happened when I tried to get tickets a few years ago.
That said, it ain't a hippie festival any more is it. £210 ticket price + £5 booking fee + £7 P&P + £25 car park fee (per car). £247 before you've even got there, then there's the cost of everything else that goes along with it to consider.
I still hang on to the dream of a free festival where big name bands play only for the love of music.
Also, the other side of it is, you kinda get what you pay for. There's just so much to do and see. It isn't a hippy festival anymore, no; not in the main. But it's still left-leaning and radical if you want it to be and know where to go.
I was lucky enough to get tickets this year. I didn't get through once, but my mate did so it's all good. To those that didn't, try the resale in spring! I thought I'd have no chance but that's how I got my ticket last year. Meant I had to go via coach as that was the only ticket available. But still got a ticket