The biggest factor here is probably temperature, if that gets high blowoff can become a concern. Generally speaking an ale should stay under 68°F for most of fermentation. For high gravity beers, lower is better. High pitching rate could be a factor too, but that would require a serious over-pitch, like racking the wort onto a previous yeast cake.
If you don't let those get out of control, 20% headspace is usually enough and 30% is almost always good.