Dismaland reveals new ticketing system after website woes

PUBLISHED: 19:53 21 August 2015 | UPDATED: 19:53 21 August 2015

Banksy exhibition press call.

Banksy exhibition press call.

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A SPOKESMAN at Dismaland has told the Mercury the site will operate on a first come, first served basis throughout the weekend after technical issues with its ticketing site.

This message has been pasted on the Dismaland website this wevening.This message has been pasted on the Dismaland website this wevening.

A one in, one out system will operate Weston-super-Mare’s Tropicana once the street artist’s biggest show to date reaches its capacity, which is set at 4,000 a day, is met.

People from North Somerset were given an exclusive first-look at the exhibition today after the Mercury dished out 1,000 tickets to a locals-only preview.

But tickets for general admission were due to go on sale at noon today (Friday) but it did not take long before people took to social media to complain about technical problems with the Dismaland site.

A notice has now been put up on Banksy’s official website this evening which says the Dismaland site has been receiving more than six million hits a minute.

But now a Dismaland spokesman has told the Mercury it is preparing for huge queues as thousands of people flock to Weston-super-Mare from around the world.

Barriers are already being put in place to manage the queues but the site will open from 11am-6pm and 7-11pm each day, with the one in, one out system expected to operate until Tuesday.

A notice on www.banksy.co.uk said: “The Dismal site is currently being hit more than six million times a minute.

“If you are using an automated system to refresh the page please turn it off for the benefit of everybody.

“There are plenty of tickets available through the run. Thank you for your interest.”

Dismaland has capacity for 4,000 visitors a day, but interest in visiting the exhibition has spread around the world.

Huge musicians such as Massive Attack have been confirmed to perform and thousands of people are hoping for a glimpse of one of Banksy’s newest works.

To see a gallery of more than 50 pictures from inside Dismaland click here.

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