The deadline for fans to register for tickets to this year's Glastonbury Festival has now been confirmed by organiser Michael Eavis.

Hopefuls must submit their contact details and a passport picture during February if they are to be in with a chance of buying tickets when they go on sale on April 6th.

Eavis told BBC News the ticket registration window would open at 09:00 GMT, closing at midnight on February 29th, with fans able to register on the festival website or by collecting a form from camping shop Millets.

"I agree it is a tedious business, but people appreciate why we're doing it," he said.

Eavis, who has been running the festival for nearly 40 years, said the registration system was "absolutely essential" to beat ticket touts.

He disagreed that forcing festival fans to register would deter people from attending the legendary event.

"I think most people who are really determined to come find a way, don't they, or they try harder," he added.

"It's only the people who are half-hearted about it that don't pursue the chase for a ticket."

Around 400,000 people registered for the 137,500 tickets available for last year's festival, headlined by Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Arcade Fire and The Who.

Though Eavis would not reveal the lineup for this year's event, taking place at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, from June 27th to 29th, he told the BBC's Points West regional show: "I'm putting on a black American headliner, who's absolutely terrific."

09/01/2008 09:01:55