Sold-out festival gigs a record, others close to selling out

June Tabor
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Hebden Bridge Arts Festival has set a new record with four sold out gigs two weeks before festivities kick off on June 22.

This is an unprecedented number of events sold out by this point but tickets for punk poet John Cooper Clarke, cult comic Daniel Kitson, I Am Kloot’s John Bramwell and rising stars British Service Broadcasting have all been snapped up.

Now organisers are warning that other events are getting very close to capacity.

“Usually at this stage only the odd event has sold out, but to have two full houses at the Picture House and two more at the Trades is a huge achievement showing that the programme has really grabbed the imagination of local people,” said the festival’s artistic director Helen Meller.

“We have had people from all over the country booking tickets, but the vast majority of sales have been to locals, so we wanted to warn them there are only limited tickets left for Tracey Thorn, June Tabor, ex-Labour MP Chris Mullin on Thatcher’s legacy and children’s show the Time Travelling Magicians.

“These are tough economic times so as our way of thanking everyone for their support we hope local people will join us for the free Street Sundaes event on June 23 and 30 where some of our very own homegrown talent and some of the UK’s best street entertainers will be putting on shows all afternoon from noon until 4pm.”

To buy tickets pop into the Festival Box Office in the Town Hall every day from 10am to 4pm (Monday to Saturday) and noon to 4pm (Sunday) or go to