Isle Of Wight Festival capacity increased by 20,000

Next month's event can now hold more staff members

The Isle Of Wight Festival has had its legal capacity increased by 20,000.

The annual weekender, which takes place on June 10-12 this year, has seen its capacity increased from 70,000 to 90,000 for its 10th anniversary. The 2011 headliners will be Foo Fighters, Kasabian and Kings Of Leon.

No more tickets will be made available for the event but the extra capacity will allow for more backstage crew and security, reports BBC News. The application from promoters Solo was backed by councillors last night (May 17) despite one representative saying the move would be “unbearable”.

Conservative councillor Geoff Lumley said it would be a “step too far”, but it was decided that the island would be able to cope with the increase in numbers.