TICKETS for the Bury St Edmunds Festival went on sale on Monday to the festival friends and are selling fast.
The full programme of events was announced at the official Festival launch last Thursday at The Apex and tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday.
Festival manager Nick Wells outlined the main themes of the festival and who the star attractions, main acts and events would be.
And there were a few surpise announcements on the night, including organising a massive 1,000-strong choir in the Abbey Gardens.
The choir will be split into five groups to represent the five continents and to link in with the summer’s Olympic games.
It was also announced that star comedian Tim Minchin would also be playing the Festival.
Tim, who has recently won awards for his song writing for the musical version of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, will play The Apex on May 27.
Nick said the programme of events for this year’s Festival had been very warmly received by the public.
He said: “I have been listening to comments and feedback over the last few days about the line-up for the Festival which have all been very good.
“People have been very positive about the mixture and variety of what is going to be happening around Bury.
“But it is always a nerve-racking time when you launch the brochure – you don’t know how it will be received.
“The feedback has been great however and people are very happy with it.
“Tickets are selling really well for every event – it is all going pretty well at the moment.
“The tribute night is always popular and tickets sell especially quickly.
“It is always a good and fun night out.”
And Nick said the announcement that comedian Tim Minchin would be performing had really got people excited.
He said: “On the launch evening I did save that announcement until last thinking there would be an extra moment of enthusiasm.
“There has been a lot of interest about Tim Minchin coming to play the festival.
Now Nick has a busy couple of months making sure everything is on track for May 17.
He said: “What I would really like to do is put my feet up until May.
“But there are all sorts of things that need to be organised.
“There are contracts to go through, stage lighting to organise, PA equipment to sort out and ongoing community work.
“We have to make sure everything is set up properly for each event. We also have to make sure the marketing is right and that people know what is happening at the Festival.
“I also have a choir of 1,000 to set up in the next few weeks. The run up to the Festival definitely keeps us all very busy.”
Tickets for the Bury Festival go on sale on Monday at the Festival box office in The Apex. They can also be booked online at www.buryfestival.co.uk, by calling 01284 758000 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org