Big sales thanks to longer festival
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.southportcomedyfestival.com.
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