A woman who made over £23,000 from selling fake Glastonbury tickets could be sent to prison.
Christine Babb appeared at Hammersmith Magistrates Court this week to plead guilty to 29 offences of fraud by misrepresentation.
The East Grinstead women had claimed that she could use her music industry contacts to get fans cheap tickets to the festival, which sold out in under half an hour this year. Her antics became so notorious that Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis even issued a statement saying: “Nobody called Christine Babb is either employed by Glastonbury Festival or has any tickets to sell for the Festival.”
“This defendant told her victims that she worked in the music industry and could get discounted tickets to various events including Glastonbury Festival,” said prosecutor Tom Gill. “There are 29 victims of this offence who paid for their tickets that they didn’t receive.”
Jyothi Somavarapu, defending Babb, said she suffered from borderline personality disorder, Crohn’s disease and bulimia. Babb was released on unconditional bail and will be sentenced next month.
Glastonbury announced its 2015 line-up earlier this week, with FKA twigs, George Clinton and Mary J Blige among the dozens of acts joining previously announced headliners Foo Fighters and Kanye West.