Big sales thanks to longer fes­ti­val

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NOT only is this year’s South­port Com­edy Fes­ti­val big­ger than ever, but it has also recorded a huge in­crease in ticket sales.

The fes­ti­val is now in its sev­enth year, and or­gan­is­ers are very pleased about its steady growth.

The fes­ti­val be­gan on Oc­to­ber 5 and will run un­til Oc­to­ber 22 – tak­ing place at 30 venues.

Bren­dan Ri­ley, or­gan­iser of South­port Com­edy Fes­ti­val, said: “We are only days into the fes­ti­val and we have al­ready sold out 10 shows.

“Sales are mas­sively up from pre­vi­ous years – we are very pleased with how it has been re­cieved.

“They are bet­ter than they have ever been.”

This year the fes­ti­val went from 11 days to 18, and or­gan­is­ers were ini­tially ner­vous about the added week of events.

Bren­dan said: “We weren’t sure about how the ex­pan­sion would be re­ceived, but we are so glad we did it.

“The event is be­com­ing es­tab­lished in the town, and peo­ple are start­ing to ex­pect it.

“Also, we have at­tracted more TV names than ever be­fore and that is down to the fes­ti­val be­com­ing more pop­u­lar, and adding ad­di­tional days to help with the flex­i­bil­ity of TV co­me­di­ans.”

This year’s star stud­ded line-up has seen the re­turn of some fes­ti­val favourites, in­clud­ing Paul Sinha to­mor­row even­ing; Jo Caulfield last week­end; and, play­ing for two nights this year, Ir­ish fun­ny­man Ja­son Byrne.

Ja­son, who is now known as the “king of the fes­ti­val”, will make his fourth visit to the event.

Other big TV names still to ap­pear are Rich Hall, Gary Dela- ney, Tom Binns, Tom Stade, Robin Ince, Andy Askins and Mike Gunn.

This year has also marked the re­turn of the com­edy pub crawl and the chil­dren’s com­edy festi- val – which are both spon­sored by South­port BID.

Bren­dan added: “We have been able to give vis­i­tors more of what they want with the back­ing of South­port BID – we are thank­ful for their sup­port of the fes­ti­val.”

Bren­dan is al­ready look­ing for­ward to next year, and has con­firmed that the 18-day event will def­i­nitely be re­turn­ing.

If you would like to find out more, or buy tick­ets, visit www.south­port­com­e­dyfes­ti­

Al­ter­na­tively, fol­low the event on so­cial me­dia for up­dates on Face­book/ South­port Com­edy Fes­ti­val and Twit­ter @South port­com­edy

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Com­edy fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Bren­dan Ri­ley

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