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The 17th Cheltenham Folk Festival is here!

PUBLISHED: 16:58 04 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:41 20 February 2013

The 17th Cheltenham Folk Festival is here!

The 17th Cheltenham Folk Festival is here!

The wait is almost over as the highly anticipated 17th Cheltenham Folk Festival kicks off on Thursday (February 7) with a pre-Festival gig at Cheltenham Town Hall by Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends

The 17th Cheltenham Folk Festival is here!

February 8-10, 2013

Saturday ticket: 46 (41.50 concessions, 23.50 5-16 years)

Sunday ticket: 39 (35.50 concessions, 20 5-16 years)

Opening, Main and Final Concert tickets: 17 per concert (15.50 concessions, 8.50 5-16 years)

The wait is almost over as the highly anticipated 17th Cheltenham Folk Festival kicks off on Thursday (February 7) with a pre-Festival gig at Cheltenham Town Hall by Port Isaacs Fishermans Friends. Folk Festival weekend ticketholders can enjoy a 5 discount to see these shanty men of Port Isaac get audiences in the festival-mood.

The Town Hall will be the hub of the Festival, hosting the daytime and evening concerts, along with the market place, music sessions, childrens events and the renowned Cheltenham Real Ale Bar! After last years success the Playhouse Theatre will once again host a series of intimate concerts and workshops throughout the weekend, while the Festival Ceilidh returns to the Princess Hall at Cheltenham Ladies College on Saturday night (Feb 9).

Friday nights Opening Concert kicks off with the brilliant Gavin Davenport Band and features Belshazzars Feast, Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party and headliners KAN. Saturday nights Main Concert begins with the first solo performance at Cheltenham from Andy Cutting and features The Tom McConville Band and headliners Spiers and Boden. Sunday nights Final Concert starts with the award-winning Jim Moray, the fantastic Faustus and closes with the Nic Jones Trio. Nic recently won the prestigious Folk Singer of the Year award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Festival Director Jo Heatley says, Were getting very excited with the Festival just days away. The Festival line-up includes no less than two of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners (presented last week) so our audiences are in for a real treat.

With ticket sales at an all-time-high the Weekend tickets have now sold out; however Day and Individual Concert tickets are still available. For more information, check out the Folk Festival website (www.cheltenhamfolkfestival.co.uk) or you can keep up to date with news on the Festivals Twitter and Facebook pages.

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