Glastonbury Festival has been given permission to increase its capacity by 7,000, raising it to a massive 210,000 people the Bristol Post reports. However, the changes won’t be implemented until next year, meaning there won’t be any extra tickets ready in time for the 2019 edition of the long running and prestigious festival.
The festival was given permission to increase its capacity by the Mendip District Council under one condition, that all the extra 7,000 people travel to and from the festival using public transport. The council’s choice to allow the festival expand has many benefits beside from a larger Glastonbury Festival, including avoiding an increase in ticket prices. The current weekend ticket price stands at £253.
A spokesperson for the Mendip District Council had the following things to say, “We have been advised there will be no increase in 2019, but acknowledge the licence does allow an increase”. Glastonbury’s current license is valid for another five years; in 2024, the festival will have to apply for a new one.
On the council’s website, the council had this to say about their relationship with Glastonbury, “Mendip District Council 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.”
In other Glastonbury news, festival organiser Emily Eavis has revealed plans for changes, expansions and improvements in various parts of the festival for this year. Arcadia are working on both a new area and an entirely new design, Bloc 9 are expanding into the south east corner of the festival with a ‘mind-blowing’ new installation and The Park is having a whole new area being installed.
Eavis told NME last year, “I think [in The Park] there will be a couple of radical switches around and a bit of a re-jig. I was walking through The Park last night, it was 2 in the morning, I was looking up the hill at all the venues, and they were all banging and really going off.”
As well as changes to the infrastructure of the festival, Eavis has also announced a few of the acts performing at this year’s festival. The festival’s first Grime headliner, Stormzy is set to be playing the famous pyramid stage on Friday night. Kylie Minogue has also been confirmed as taking the ‘Legends’ slot on Sunday afternoon and Janelle Monae, fresh off the success of her critically acclaimed 2018 album ‘Dirty Computer‘, will headline the West Holts Stage.
Glastonbury Festival 2019 takes place on 26th-30th June at Worthy Farm.