Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Ticket sales disappointing at Festival

THE organisers of the Henley Festival say they are “disappointed” that only one of this year’s five nights sold out.

Chief executive Gill Mitchell said she had expected more people to support the 32nd annual music and arts extravaganza after a move to Henley Business School was scrapped in favour of staying at the royal regatta site.

The proposed move last year led to protests by some festival supporters that the event would not be the same if it was no longer held in Henley and easily accessible.

This year’s headline acts were the Jacksons, Bryan Ferry, Joss Stone, Rebecca Ferguson and Burt Bacharach. Tickets costs from £40 to £120 but only the Jacksons’ show on Saturday night sold out.

Ms Mitchell said: “We are quite disappointed by the numbers. We listened to the town when everybody said, ‘don’t move to the business school’ and we didn’t but it just doesn’t feel like people are supporting us. It’s a shame. We dropped some of the ticket prices to encourage the sales.

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