Burning Man Given Clearance to Host 60,900

Annual event will be the largest in its 26 year history.

By Sajid Farooq
|  Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012  |  Updated 12:54 PM PDT
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Josh Keppel

For many citizens of Black Rock City, the DJs and electronic music of Burning Man is a big draw each year. In the city of 50,000+ (this year’s population was reported to be over 53,700), there are some theme camps that specialize in day parties, like Distrikt, and other camps that go all night.

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The 2012 edition of the week-long counter-cultural demonstration that is Burning Man will be the largest in the event's 26-year history.

The Bureau of Land Management, which manages the Nevada desert where Burning Man takes place every year, agreed to allow more than 10,000 extra people attend this year's festival, according to The San Francisco Bay Guardian.

This year's people cap has been set at 60,900.

San Francisco-based Black Rock City LLC, which manages the festival, has been having trouble controlling attendance at Burning Man after it was put on probation last year for failing to regulate a 50,000 person cap.

Demand for tickets to this year's event far exceeded the supply, which forced organizers to send out an apologetic email saying "the hard truth is that there are a lot of you who want to come to Black Rock City to celebrate your participation in the Burning Man culture this year, but not everyone will be able to attend."

Black Rock City LLC had been trying to secure a multi-year permit that would have allowed the event to grow to 70,000 people in 2016.

The approval is a one year permit.
 

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