Banksy’s Dismaland sells out final tickets in minutes

The final batch of tickets for Banksy’s Dismaland theme park have sold out in minutes.

Thousands of art fans have flocked to the park, situated at a disused lido in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, since it opened to the public on August 22.

Tickets, costing £3 each, have been snapped up each time a new batch has gone on sale, with the final set released at 10am today, no exception.

Banksy’s Dismaland sells out final tickets in minutes

Massive Attack were due to play at The Masked Ball at the site on Friday but have pulled out due to “technical complications”.

A statement on the Dismaland website said Pussy Riot, Kate Tempest, Leftfield, De La Soul and DJ Premier would play the event.

“Dress code – due to the amount of paparazzi staking out the park in recent weeks Banksy has requested people come masked-up so he can attend the event without being photographed,” it added.

Those wishing to buy souvenirs of the so-called Bemusement Park can buy T-shirts on the website, costing £20 for adults and £10 for children.

There are almost 2,000 items relating to Dismaland on sale on auction site eBay, with sets of memorabilia listed for £200.

The show, a dark take on theme parks with a nod to Disneyland, was organised in secrecy for months.

Banksy banned spray paint, marker pens, knives and “legal representatives of the Walt Disney Corporation” from the 2.5-acre Tropicana site.

Visitors enter the theme park, which features work by dozens of artists, through a security check made from cardboard by artist Bill Barminski.

They are greeted with a view of the park and Banksy’s fire-ravaged fairytale Cinderella Castle, showing “how it feels to be a real princess”.

There are boats full of asylum seekers which can be driven round a pond, two juggernauts performing ballet and a camp training guests about how to break into bus billboards.

Stewards in matching tabards and Disney-style ears are also part of the exhibition, staring blankly at visitors as they go about their duties.

North Somerset Council, which has described the site as “the centre of the contemporary art universe”, says it will bring £7 million to the local economy.

Dismaland will shut on September 27, with the decommissioning process beginning the following day and expected to take three weeks.

Steve Townsend, Weston town centre manager, said: “The profile of the town has gone through the roof as a result of all the publicity and buzz on social media around Dismaland.

“Some out-of-town food retailers are reporting a 40% increase in business, while some of the high street shops are saying their business has gone up by 10%.”

The council is already discussing the potential to host other events and exhibitions at the Tropicana site in the future.

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