Glastonbury festival has been given the go-ahead to expand its capacity by 7,000 punters, as long as those ticket-buyers travel by public transport.

According to the Bristol Post, the major event will increase ticket numbers to 210,000, on the condition that the festival supports the Mendip District Council’s request for more public transport provisions.

“We have been advised there will be no increase in 2019, but acknowledge the licence does allow an increase,” said a spokesman for Mendip District Council.

Glastonbury currently holds a licence that is valid until 2024, at which point organisers will be required to reapply for a new one.

The local council states on its website that it 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”.

Glastonbury is the largest greenfield festival in the world, with a 2017 attendance of 135,000 people. 2018 was a fallow year to allow the Worthy Farm grounds to recover.

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