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Glastonbury Festival looks to increase capacity to 210K attendees for 2020 return

After taking a fallow year in 2018, Glastonbury Festival is poised to make its return to Worthy Farm, UK. Glastonbury is the largest greenfield festival in the world, taking place this summer from June 26 to June 30. The tickets have long since sold out, which was to be expected. But 2020 looks to be the year that organizers of the monumental event hope to expand.

Glastonbury Festival has been granted permission to increase its capacity to 210,000 on one condition. The Mendip District Council (MDC) Licensing Board allows for the extra 7,000 attendees as long as they travel using public transportation.

MDC’s greenlight, however, does not mean Glastonbury will be increasing its scale this year. The new license, which allows for a surplus of 7,000 people, is set to expire in 2024. The main reason for seeking an increase in capacity was to avoid an increase in ticket prices. Currently, the price stands at £253.

Although this new license will not be used for this year’s festival, it doesn’t deny the possibility to increase attendance for next year. By then, festival organizers will be able to effectively utilize this extra space.