Bumper Ticket Sales for Nantwich’s Words & Music Festival

Words & Music Festival organisers have announced bumper tickets sales for this year’s event.

The Nantwich based festival, now in its eleventh year, was launched on Monday 8th October 2018 at a reception for friends and supporters held at Nantwich Civic Hall, selling more tickets than ever before for the events over the week-long festival.

Laura Smith MP for Crewe and Nantwich sent a good luck message direct from parliament describing Nantwich as ‘a beautiful town full of amazing talent’, and went on to praise the ‘work and persistence of Nigel, Thea, Fluff and the team of volunteers who work tirelessly year after year to make this event bigger and better than ever before’.

Cllr David Marren then opened the launch, followed by festival director Nigel Stonier and a series of songs performed by local groups of children.

At the launch event, left to right, Consort and Nantwich Mayoress Belinda Marren, Mayor David Marren, Nigel Stonier, Thea Gilmore and Clare Smith

Festival favourite, Horse McDonald, headlined the opening night at The Crown Hotel, with support all the way from New York City: Annie Dressner.

Horse McDonald from the opening show

Cllr David Marren said: “We are fortunate that the words and music festival has been planned to be part of the town, in local pubs, in coffee houses in the theatre, on the square and here at the Civic Hall.

“That’s not just because we don’t have to travel far as local people, but because for words and music festival, people travel from all over the UK and across Europe and even further afield. This adds very positively to the economic wealth of the whole of the town.”

Festival Director Nigel Stonier, said: “During the time we’ve been running words and music festival, it’s an eventful climate for music and the arts in general and many good festivals have closed their doors for the last time.

“We are very happy that we are still going. We have always said that we’re in it for the long haul that we are growing very slowly, very organically.

“The festival has changed a lot over time but the core values of the festival to promote wonderful live original music ranging from household names to icons to brand new artists, that remains exactly the same.”

Artist performing during the week include indie band British Sea Power (sold out), Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young, Steve Hogarth (sold out), Thea Gilmore and CC Smugglers.  Poet Les Barker will read at Nantwich Players’ Theatre on Saturday afternoon alongside a series of other fringe events taking place across the town.

For a full list of events visit www.wordsandmusicfestival.co.uk – you can also buy tickets from here, or via Nantwich Civic Hall, Bloom, Gentleman Jacks and Nantwich Hearing Centre