I prefer to compare it to Wimbledon or Lord’s but I’m not very musical.
The ballot will be run on Monday and successful applicants will have a week to confirm their tickets before they are returned and offered to other members. So even if you miss out in the first instance a chance still remains.
The Ballot was introduced because using this event as an example, the number of ballot applications exceeded supply by the 7th February, at which point around 50% of members would not have received The List and Tastings Booklet.
We used to receive complaints each quarter from Members who tried to book events as soon as they received the booklet only for it to be too late. So there is going to be criticism no matter what we do but I feel this is a fairer system than making it first come first served when we are unable to control exactly when everyone receives notification of the event.