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SIDMOUTH: Festival bosses celebrate 2014 folk week success

Thursday, 21 August 2014

ORGANISERS of Sidmouth Folk Week have heralded the success of the festival’s 60th anniversary celebrations, which finally came to an end last weekend. Seven days of events kept folk fans entertained as the town was transformed into a hive of activity. The team behind the festival pulled out all the stops to mark six decades of the annual folk extravaganza this year. And festival director John Braithwaite reflected on a string of successes during a record year for the folk week. He said: “We set ourselves the task of making the 60th anniversary memorable by producing high-profile, interesting and unusual events in each of the areas of the festival, and we are delighted that all of those special events came off so well. “We are also especially proud of the way the festival looked. There was a real explosion of colour everywhere, which made for a high-profile event with a truly festive feel.” A major increase of 50 per cent in the number of day tickets sold led to a record year for car parks. And with around 60,000 people attending festival events at 40 venues around the town, Mr Braithwaite said the community had got behind Sidmouth Folk Week’s birthday bash. He added: “The increase in ticket sales was extraordinary – that shows people were keen to come into the festival and play an active part in events. “We know that we have had very busy venues this year, but we have also felt that increase in numbers elsewhere, with our traders seeing high levels of business – and that was reflected in the town as well. “The festival is extremely multi-faceted, with a wide spectrum of arts, and we are always looking to find local performers, like pianist Lori Campbell, who supported Ralph McTell this year. “We set the bar high this year, and this is a positive challenge to embrace for our 2015 plans. “We have learned a lot from the successes and are sure to revisit some of those ideas in the future.”


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