Upminster's We Are FSTVL to welcome thousands more music lovers to this year's event
PUBLISHED: 13:15 09 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:42 10 May 2017
An extra 4,000 music lovers will be welcomed to this year's We Are FSTVL after tickets sold out last night.
Celebrating its 5th birthday later this month, the annual event held at Damyns Hall Aerodrome, will once again be returning in just two weeks but this time inviting 29,000 ticket-holders through its doors.
Then 5,000 of those who purchased tickets will also have access to the campsite featuring a bar, giant ball pool and a spa. Organisers of the festival submitted plans to increase the number of festival goers to 29,999 and 9,000 for the campsite but this was refused by Havering Council.
The decision was appealed but following negotiations outside of court between the organisers, the local authority and police, a compromise was agreed.
Festival director Reece Miller said: “Due to unprecedented demand for our 5th Anniversary, We Are FSTVL 2017 has seen record breaking sales and a demand for tickets like never before.
“We’ve been working hard on very detailed plans and a large amount of improvements with all local authorities and Met Police for several months and are delighted to announce an extension to our licensed capacity, so that more fans from around the world can experience We Are FSTVL, for the very first time.
“I would like to place on record our sincere thanks to all those behind the scenes for making this possible for the greatest dance music fans on the planet.”
The festival, which won the Best UK Dance Event at the UK Festival Awards last year, will be increasing its security with festival goers, equipment and vehicles being searched before entering as well as CCTV installation.
Organisers have also teamed up with homeless charity The 10,000 Hours Foundation to set up a kitchen during the event which will be staffed by volunteers.
Tickets for the event due to take place from May 27-28 are still on sale due to the capacity increase.
For more details on the festival visit here