Glastonbury capacity increase to 210,000 approved

 Glastonbury capacity increase to 210,000 approved

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Glastonbury Festival has been given permission to increase its capacity to 210,000 by Mendip District Council.

The number of public tickets available will increase by 7,000 to 142,000.

Glastonbury’s licence makes provision for 63,000 staff, volunteers, performers and traders and 5,000 Sunday tickets sold exclusively to local residents. It is the largest greenfield festival in the world.

The extra capacity was sought “in order to avoid an increase in the ticket price” and 7,000 extra tickets will be allocated to those fans arriving by public transport.

Glastonbury Festival confirmed to Somerset Live that although the licenced capacity has increased, this will not come into effect for the 2019 event, which will have the same number of tickets as 2017.

The current licence runs until 2024. Mendip District Council said it has: “a good working relationship with the festival organisers and all of the partners involved in the running of the event, which is what helps to make it one of the best music festivals in the world.

“During the statutory consultation period three representations were received but all were withdrawn before the end of the period so the licence was granted with no decision by the council necessary. A decision by the council by way of the Licensing Sub-Committee is only required where representations [objections] exist.”

Glastonbury Ribbon Tower Panorama Other Stage
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Yesterday Glastonbury organisers revealed that the sale of plastic bottles has been banned across the festival in a bid to reduce waste. Over 1 million plastic bottles were sold at Glastonbury in 2017.

It was recently revealed that a new anaerobic digester will help power the Pyramid Stage’s production this summer, which generates green electricity by extracting methane from cow slurry.

Tickets for the festival sold out back in October, though you could get a place by volunteering with WaterAid and helping refill reusable bottles!

Festaff and Oxfam are just some of the other organisations offering volunteering places at Glastonbury this summer.

Last time, the festival raised over £3 million for charity, including a donation to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Stormzy, Kylie Minogue and Janelle Monae have all been officially confirmed to appear this summer, and around a dozen artists have self-confirmed.

Ahead of this summer, three festival bloggers have launched the only active Glastonbury podcast.

Emily Eavis has also revealed that Block 9 will be expanded and a totally new area will appear near The Park.

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