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Glastonbury seeks licence to 2010
Organisers want to expand the capacity by more than 25,000
Organisers of the Glastonbury music festival have applied for a licence to run the event for the next four years.

New laws mean the festival only needs a single licence. The application is for an expanded capacity of 177,500 people.

Mendip District Council in Somerset will gather opinions from relevant local bodies, residents and businesses before making a decision on 26 March.

That is just a week before tickets go on sale. All fans hoping to buy a ticket must register by 28 February.

In an attempt to stamp out ticket touts, all those seeking to attend have been asked to register beforehand and all tickets will carry a photo of the purchaser.

Big names

The Who, the Arctic Monkeys and Bjork are among the acts who will appear on Michael Eavis' farm from 22-24 June.

The festival is aiming to increasing the capacity by 27,500 and wants to get back to its environmental roots with a new "village green" area and greater use of coaches to transport fans.

The application said the site would be open for six days but music on the main stages would take place on three days.

A application was initially refused in 2003 over security and safety concerns but the licence was eventually granted after talks with organisers.

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