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Boomtown granted expanded capacity for 2020

Boomtown Fair has been given permission to sell 10,000 extra tickets for its 2020 event, which increases its capacity to 76,999.

The Hampshire festival was granted the capacity increase by the Winchester City Council after a licensing hearing, which festival co-founder Lak Mitchell said is a “massive step forward,” and “was only granted because of watertight operational and infrastructure systems the team have implemented”.

The previous licence allowed 48,000 ticket holders and 16,999 crew, artists, traders and guests, in addition to 1,000 local residents with special day tickets, totalling 65,999 people on site.

With confirmation of the new capacity, the 2020 festival will allow 58,000 ticket-holders and 17,999 crew. It now also allows for up to 27,500 Boomtown Citizens, first introduced last year for those arriving via sustainable transport only.

A Boomtown Fair spokesperson told TheFestivals: “We’re really happy to have had an increased licence granted for 2020 event; a very much needed growth that we have been working toward for the last few years. The level of creativity, the desire to produce a sustainable and safe event comes at great financial cost. Sterling work from all the Boomtown team.

“To top it off the licence just been granted this week for our new venue at Boomtown HQ in Bristol. Watch out for some new shows coming your way this autumn.”

Boomtown Chapter 11 is scheduled to kick off this weekend, with each yearly instalment of the festival – which began in 2009 – referred to as a ‘Chapter.’

The festival site is split into several districts, and the storyline narrative is reflected in the design of the districts, streets and venues, which are populated by hundreds of actors to play the role of inhabitants.