Bestival capacity increases by 30,000

However, the number of tickets available for punters will remain the same at 55,000

Bestival organisers have been told that their application to increase capacity for this years’ event from 50,000 to 79,000 has been approved.

Isle of Wight Council approved a new licence for the event, which will take place between September 5-8 at Robin Hill Country Park. Organisers said ticket sales would remain at 55,000, the same as last year, and the extra capacity was needed for staff and artists.

Bestival director Jim King told NME: “There are no plans to increase the size of the audience at the festival but given that Bestival has sold out for the last six years it made sense to allow us breathing space to ensure that all possible staffing and stewarding requirements for future years would be covered should these numbers ever need to increase.” He added: “Our license was close to renewal anyway and given the high cost of the application it makes sense to ensure that our new application would cover all future eventualities.”

This years’ bash will have a nautical theme and will be headlined by Fatboy Slim (Friday), Snoop Dogg (Saturday) and Elton John (Sunday). Other confirmed acts for the weekend include a UK festival exclusive from MIA, as well as sets from Bombay Bicycle Club, Franz Ferdinand, Merchandise, Peace, James Blake, The Flaming Lips, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Johnny Marr, The Knife, Tom Odell, Jessie Ware and Angel Haze. For more information go to