The speculation started earlier this week, but today it has been confirmed that world-famous artist Banksy will be hosting a six-week exhibition at the Tropicana lido in Weston-super-Mare.
The Dismaland exhibition (referred to as a 'bemusement park') will run every day from August 22 until September 27, with tickets for the opening day reserved exclusively for North Somerset residents.
With just 4,000 tickets (priced at £3) available for each of the remaining days, demand is likely to be through the roof.
The decision to set the exhibition inside the disused lido was a decision made by Banksy based on his own enjoyable experiences as a youngster. Speaking to the Weston Mercury, the artist said: 'I loved the Tropicana as a kid, so getting to throw these doors open again is a real honour.'
The exhibition, which has been put together after many months of secretive planning will feature 10 pieces of work from Banksy himself, along with pieces from more than 50 other artists. This includes Damien Hirst, Dorcas Casey, Ronit Baranga, Tinsel Edwards, Jimmy Cauty, Mike Ross and many others.
As the exhibition map shows, exhibits include a number of ominous-sounding exhibits, inspired by holiday attractions, such as 'Guerilla Island', 'Mini Gulf', 'Punch and Julie' and the 'Jeffrey Archer Memorial Fire Pit'.
There will also be live events every Friday night during the exhibition, including performances from DJ Yoda, Pussy Riot, Massive Attack and Sleaford Mods. There will also be a comedy night featuring stand-up from comedians including Roger Monkhouse, Simon Munnery, Katherine Ryan and Mick Ferry, with DJs playing every Saturday night.
Banksy helped bring in £10 million to Bristol with his exhibition in 2009 – could this match that for Weston?
Dismaland Bemusement Park, August 22-September 27. 11am-6pm and then 7-11pm. Tropicana Lido, Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1BE. Tickets available from August 21, priced £3 (adults), free (under 5s). Expect them to sell fast!
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