Words & Music Festival organisers were proud to reveal bumper tickets sales for this year’s outing of the popular Nantwich-based spectacle.
The festival, now in its eleventh year, took place earlier this month and organisers say more tickets than ever before were sold for events during the week-long festival.
Laura Smith, MP for Crewe and Nantwich, sent a good luck message direct from parliament where she described Nantwich as “a beautiful town full of amazing talent,” and went on to praise the “work and persistence of Nigel, Thea, Fluff and the team of volunteers who work tirelessly year after year to make this event bigger and better than ever before.”
Cllr David Marren opened the festival with festival director Nigel Stonier and a series of songs performed by local groups of children.
Festival favourite Horse McDonald headlined the opening night at The Crown Hotel, with support all the way from New York City in the shape of Annie Dressner.
Cllr Marren said: “We are fortunate that the words and music festival has been planned to be part of the town, in local pubs, in coffee houses in the theatre, on the square and here at the Civic Hall.
“That’s not just because we don’t have to travel far as local people, but because for words and music festival, people travel from all over the UK and across Europe and even further afield.
“This adds very positively to the economic wealth of the whole of the town.”
Nigel added: “During the time we’ve been running words and music festival, it’s an eventful climate for music and the arts in general and many good festivals have closed their doors for the last time.
“We are very happy that we are still going. We have always said that we’re in it for the long haul that we are growing very slowly, very organically.
“The festival has changed a lot over time but the core values of the festival to promote wonderful live original music ranging from household names to icons to brand new artists, that remains exactly the same.”
Artist performing during the week included indie band British Sea Power, Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young, Steve Hogarth, Thea Gilmore and CC Smugglers.
Poet Les Barker also read at the Nantwich Players’ Theatre alongside a series of other fringe events which took place across the town.