Reading Festival bosses ask to increase event’s capacity

Reading Borough Council due to vote on new plans today (Jul 24)

Reading Borough Council are to due to decided whether the Reading Festival will be allowed to sell an extra 6,500 tickets over the next two years.

A vote will be taken today (July 24) after festival boss Melvin Benn asked to increase the event’s capacity, reports BBC Berkshire.

Although there have been some opposition from local residents regarding noise levels, the organisers Festival Republic hope that the 2010 event will see a capacity rise from 78,500 ticket holders to 82,000. A further 3,000 more tickets would then be sold for 2011.

Benn is also asking to increase the number of early arrivals allowed on site from 7,500 to 20,000.

This will allow festival goers to arrive from the Wednesday before the event rather than on the traditional gates opening on Thursdays.