Much has been made of Burning Man’s transition from mind-expanding retreat to a sandpit for the uber-rich, but a new plan from the Nevada festival’s organisers could see the event get even bigger. Much bigger.

The Reno Gazette Journal reports organisers are preparing a proposal to the Bureau of Land Management, which would see attendance figures swell to 100,000 in the future.

That’s a far sight more than the roughly 68,000 attendees who currently rock up. It’d also put the festival, which touts itself as a temporary self-contained city, among the ranks of actual cities. Hell, that dusty psychedelic playpen would have a comparable population to Launceston. 

The powers that be are also hoping to secure a massive 58 square kilometres of the playa before, during, and after Burning Man to hold that mad band of desert wanderers. That’s a full 200 hectares above their current allowance.

It all comes down to two big factors: an environment impact statement, which will determine whether Burning Man’s expansion would significantly fuck up the region through traffic, water usage, pollution and rubbish, and the go-ahead from the nearby municipalities of Gerlach, Reno and Lovelock.

Burning Man organisers are expected to hand down a draft of the statement in a year’s time, and will consult with people who, you know, actually live in the region about their plans to expand.

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The final draft is expected some time in February 2019, which is probably just enough time for you to save the $1,800 needed to cop a general admission ticket.

Source: Reno Gazette Journal
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