Tickets for this year’s Goosfest are selling fast – and extra events have been added to meet demand. Festival organisers are urging anyone who hasn’t yet booked, to do so quickly before any further evenings sell out.
The annual festival of music and arts is held every October in Goostrey, and this year’s schedule opens on October 5th with a concert by internationally renowned saxophonist Snake Davis and his five-piece band. From then, Goosfest ‘18 now continues over three weeks with the addition of three extra sourdough bread-making workshops at Roberts Bakery.
This year saw the launch of a new website – www.goosfest.com – which prompted a flurry of sales, from as far afield as the North Wales coast. Now that the box office is open as well, ticket sales to date have exceeded all expectations, and Goosfest organisers anticipate that this year’s festival will be a resounding success.
Certain events, such as an evening of comedy by veteran broadcasters Barry Cryer and Colin Sell, and the ‘Goostrey Goes to Spain’ night, have already sold out and there are waiting lists. There are still a few tickets available for the joint evening with The Royal Geographical Society-IBG featuring intrepid explorer Benedict Allen; a 1960’s night by The Revolvers; a concert by iconic Liverpool band The Christians, and a Country & Western night featuring up-and-coming Nashville-style singer Jeannine Barry and her band.
In addition, there are tickets for The Hope Wind Ensemble on Sunday evening, October 14th, and also for Goosfest’s tribute to the 100th anniversary of the ending of The Great War, a performance of ‘Standing in Line,’ on Wednesday, October 10th. This is an evening of songs, readings and images, commissioned by ‘Peace Concerts Passchendaele’ and first performed in the church in Passchendaele, Belgium.
For children, there’s an afternoon of pirate mayhem on Sunday October 14th, featuring the same duo who presented last year’s festival favourite, ‘Scary Science’. This interactive show features pirate songs, stories and games, with tea, soft drinks and cakes available throughout.
Goosfest Committee Chairman William Ollier said: “Considering that Goosfest is organised by a group of enthusiastic volunteers, we’re delighted that our growing reputation of hosting one of the best music and arts festivals in the North-West means that we can attract an increasingly diverse mix of both well-known and up-and-coming acts. We work hard to put together a programme which we hope offers something for everyone, but we also want to challenge people to experience something new.”
Now in its 11th year, Goosfest began as a folk weekend and has since grown into a packed two-week festival with fringe events held over a range of different venues local to Goostrey.
Festival organisers have just arranged an extra Swettenham Arms lunch, with entertainment ‘What a Swell Party – The Life and Music of Cole Porter’. The first ‘musical lunch’ on Tuesday October 9th quickly sold out, so a second has been arranged for the day before, Monday October 8th.
Anyone who wants to buy Goosfest tickets is advised to check the website for availability and book online. Alternatively, please call the Box Office – 01477 765016.