Isle of Wight Festival can increase capacity

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ORGANISERS of the Isle of Wight Festival have been given the green light to increase capacity to almost 90,000 people.

Previously limited to 70,000, the festival can now open its doors to thousands of extra revellers – but those in charge say they have no plans to do so this year.

Festival bosses met with criticism over the plan in some quarters, including a handful of local residents who are concerned about noise, crime and disorder.

Objections were also raised by Hampshire police.

But despite concerns about the number of people who descend on Newport each year, an application for an indefinite licence was approved last night by the Isle of Wight Council’s licensing committee.

Speaking at the County Hall hearing, festival organiser John Giddings said 65,000 tickets had been sold and no more would be released this year because at present the site is not big enough.

Performing at this year’s 10th anniversary festival are Las Vegas rock band Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters and Kasabian, along with Tom Jones and the newly-reformed Pulp.

Tickets for the event sold out before Christmas and it will be held at Seaclose Park, Newport, from June 10 to 12.