The Chippenham Folk Festival needs support or it won’t go ahead

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The Chippenham Folk Festival is set to return for three days in May – but it’s only guaranteed if more people buy tickets now.

Unless enough tickets are sold by February 25, the show may not continue.

The famous festival, which has been running for 45 years, plans to have three internationally renowned folk artists headline the event: Belshazzar’s Feast, 3 Daft Monkeys and Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman.

There will also be concerts by folk icon John Kirkpatrick, the patron of the festival, and more than 20 other popular folk numbers, ceilidhs with four bands, eight family bands and 15 folk dance numbers.

The festival, scheduled for May 27-29, will also feature family folk workshops, Morris displays in the town center and craft and street markets.

Although £95 early bird adult weekend tickets are all sold out and most £115 buggy tickets have gone, organizers still need to sell as many tickets as possible over the next fortnight in order to secure artist and production deposits.

Torquil Macinnes, chairman of the folk festival, revealed that the next two weeks are crucial to its fate and that “a few hundred” extra tickets needed to be sold by February 25 to ensure the event could take place.

He said: “We have an absolutely brilliant team of organizers made up entirely of volunteers. They do everything in their power to bring the festival back to the people of Chippenham and the thousands of visitors we receive each year.

“However, with the uncertainty surrounding live events, we have a cut-off point at which we need to have reached a certain sales target to guarantee this will happen.

“With the fantastic lineup we already have, we’re very confident this will go ahead, but we need to ask people to consider buying their tickets a little earlier than usual to make sure.” .

The famous festival attracts crowds of thousands

Mr Macinnes added: “Not only does the Chippenham Folk Festival offer a very high caliber of performers, it is dedicated to traditional English dance and music.

“What sets it apart from other events is its opportunities for participation and education. It really is a social occasion.

“It is for this reason that the global pandemic has hit us so hard. We are interactive. We have to be face to face with the people of Chippenham and beyond. I am delighted that we are forging ahead with full steam to bring the event back to the streets of Chippenham in 2022.”

The organizers need more help with running the event and they are bringing in more volunteers who can help as stewards, set designers and builders, bar staff and radio communications specialists. To find out how you can get involved, visit https://www.chippfolk.co.uk/get-involved/

To buy tickets, which range from £20 to £115 and are fully refundable if the event cannot take place, go to: https://www.chippfolk.co.uk/tickets-2022/


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