Organisers behind Goosfest 2017 have declared the festival the most successful ever, with a record number of ticket sales.
Of the 25 events run in and around Goostrey between Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 21, most were sell-outs with musical performances, lectures, workshops, comedy and art on offer. With the dust still settling on this year’s celebrations, organisers are already eyeing up improvements for next year.
Bill Ollier said: “Goosfest has been going since 2007 and this year has proved to be our most successful yet. We again assembled a varied programme with widespread appeal, which was clearly underlined by the fact that we sold more tickets than ever before. Goosfest, which is a not-for-profit organisation, has established a reputation as one of the most varied music and arts festivals in the north west. We aim to keep our quality high and our ticket prices low. This is only possible through the loyal support of our regular audience, sponsors and Goostrey Parish Council. After a few days well-deserved rest, the committee will turn its attention to next year’s Goosfest which we hope will be even more successful.”
The headliner of this year’s programme, comedian Arthur Smith, was a highlight with his ‘At Your Service’ show on October 7 at Terra Nova School.
Another crowd favourite saw internationally-famous jazz guitarist Martin Taylor accompany top jazz singer Alison Burns to perform ‘Ella Fitzgerald at 100’.
Musical performances stole the show, with legendary singer Judie Tzuke, the Halle Brass ensemble, and ‘The A-Z of Orchestral Triangle Playing’ presented by Mick Doran, principal percussionist at English National.
Goostrey Goes to Bollywood, which coincided with the Hindu festival of Diwali, saw a large crowd tuck into a buffet curry supper before watching and participating in Bollywood dancing by ‘Lalita’s Namastey India’.
The comedy evening, including four comedians from the UK stand-up circuit, again played to a full house in the village hall.
The Arts weekend, which was curated by Goostrey artist Katja Murta-Bisse, also included work from local artists Caroline Hunter, Alison Rose and Sharon Forsythe.
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