80% of tickets sold for this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Organisers of the popular Shrewsbury Folk Festival say 80 per cent of tickets to this year’s event over August Bank Holiday have been sold.

Only 20 per cent of the allocation of weekend tickets - giving access to all four days at the County Showground in Berwick Road from August 23 to 26 – remain. All Friday, Saturday and Sunday day tickets have been snapped up with just a handful of Monday tickets left.

The festival, which is now ranked as one of the top events of its kind in UK, regularly draws around 7,000 festivalgoers to the town and surrounding area, bringing an estimated £2.7 million boost to the economy.

This year’s headliners include several exclusives just for Shrewsbury such as The Carolina Chocolate Drops from the USA, a one-off concert featuring the songs of Tom Waits conceived by Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden and performed by a huge cast of top names. The festival’s patrons Oysterband’s John Jones and Steve Knightley from Show of Hands will perform together as a duo for the first time ever.

Other stars including the Afro Celt Sound System, Eddi Reader (Fairground Attraction), The Be Good Tanyas (USA), Tim O’Brien (USA), Oysterband, and Heidi Talbot will also be appearing.

Festival Director Alan Surtees said: “Our event remains one of the most popular and progressive events in the festival calendar. We attract everyone from die-hard folk fans from across the UK to local families who come to enjoy the atmosphere and the vast range of activities on offer.

“It is gratifying to have people return year after year and to welcome many newcomers who are now recognising that roots music features in so much popular culture. If you were ever curious about what we have on offer, this August Bank Holiday weekend would be a good time to try us out.”

He added:  “You can’t move in the town centre over the four days without bumping into someone with one of our wristbands on. We’re delighted that what we do supports so many local businesses and brings so many visitors to the town."

As well as five music venues, a dance tent, dozens of workshops, a children's festival and  Refolkus - a dedicated youth programme for 12 to 25-year-olds, there is on-site camping, a craft fair and food village.

The festival also lays on dance displays in the town and sessions in local pubs as well as a free bus on Saturday and Sunday.

Festival tickets can be booked online through www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk/tickets or direct at www.gigantic.com/shrewsburyfolkfestival.

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Michael Michael

Severn Magazine and Love Shrewsbury Editor.

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