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.

"Our new festival licence for 79,999 people is in place to cope with the demands of our huge creative and site-build teams" as well as the vast number of artists and crews that perform at the festival." said a spokesperson for the festival.

He added: "We are still only selling 55,000 tickets for festival-goers. No other shows of this size have so many stages and artists, so the capacity increase allows us to keep growing the entertainment at the festival year on year while keeping the festival's boutique ethos."

This years' bash will have a nautical theme and will be headlined by Fatboy Slim (Friday), Snoop Dogg (Saturday) and Elton John (Sunday).