It took 90 minutes and a shedload of glitches to get there, but I finally managed to get my mitts on tickets for next year's Bayreuth Festival.
Today's online lottery, as predicted, was heavily over-subscribed. Even though the financial side was all handled by Paypal, the Bayreuth booking system collapsed. Some customers saw the addresses and personal details of others pop up in their own orders. Many who managed to select tickets initially then saw some or all of them disappear. I started off with a whole Ring cycle in my basket but lost the Götterdämmerung (anyone with a spare feel free to email). Still, three is better than none.
Hotel rooms are in short supply during the Festival and Booking.com was doing a brisk trade last time I looked - if you were lucky enough to get tickets, now is the time to book.