Tickets to this year’s Bury St Edmunds Festival only went on sale at the end of last month but already some shows have sold out.
Former Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman is celebrating his 50th year as a professional musician and has proved he is still able to pull the crowds with his Piano Portraits show on May 25 having sold out within a matter of hours.
Honk’s popularity means it will now take place 30 minutes earlier to allow The National Youth Music Theatre to put on a second performance on May 21, while John Williams, John Etheridge and Gary Ryan’s ‘6 Hands’ on May 22 and Sir James and Lady Galway’s Flute Fantasia on May 28 are also expected to sell out soon.
Festival manager Nick Wells said: “It’s going incredibly well, I’m really pleased. Sales are exceeding my hopes, desires and expectations and we’re on course to hit all of our targets.
“Rick Wakeman sold out incredibly quickly, within a couple of hours of going on sale, but sales across the board are going strong.
“Honk had such strong sales we had to change the time of it, from 5pm to 4.30pm, so we could accommodate another show at 7pm.
“One of the Festival Walks has already sold out and a couple of the others only have a few tickets left, so it’s not just the big things, and the cinema showings are proving very popular – the East Anglia films have really caught people’s imagination, which is lovely.”
Mr Wells is ‘really looking forward’ to opening night, with ‘genius’ Latin jazz musician Alex Wilson now confirmed to play piano with the Edwin Sanz Salsa Orchestra.
He is also excited for May 27 which will see two top musicians provide live musical accompaniment to highlights of Charlie Chaplin films in ‘Silent Cinema: Chaplin’ and a show by ‘Harvey and the New Wallbangers’ with three of the original 80s band members.
The festival runs from May 19-28. For tickets visit www.buryfestival.co.uk or call the box office on 01284 758000.