Banksy Dismaland ticket website forced offline by unprecedented demand

PUBLISHED: 15:32 21 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:04 21 August 2015

Banksy exhibition press call.

Banksy exhibition press call.

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OVERWHELMING demand for tickets to see Banksy's latest installation in Weston-super-Mare has left art-lovers unable to buy tickets with the official booking website forced offline.

Hopeful visitors have turned to social media as the website for Banksy’s exhibition, titled Dismaland, has been swamped with people attempting to purchase £3 tickets to the show – with some even questioning whether the website itself is part of an elaborate hoax.

Tickets had been expected to go on sale at noon today (Friday), but a North Somerset Council spokesman confirmed to the Mercury this afternoon that meetings are currently being held to determine how the tickets will be released and ‘what is happening’.

The booking page on the Dismaland website has previously displayed only a static picture of a calendar, but had been due to update and allow people to book afternoon or evening visits to the site until August 31, with later dates released in 10-day blocks.

This morning, North Somerset residents armed with vouchers from this week’s Mercury snapped up 1,000 tickets to a ‘locals only’ event for an early preview of the exhibition, which is already receiving attention from across the globe.

General admission is due to begin tomorrow, while the show, containing works from Damien Hirst, Josh Keyes, Ronit Baranga and others, will run until September 27.

To have a sneak peek at some of the exhibits at Dismaland, click here.

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