Oxford Folk Festival is cancelled

increasing costs make event uneconomic

published: Wed 16th Feb 2011

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Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April 2011
various venues in Oxford, England MAP
early bird £64 adult weekend, under 14s £29
last updated: Wed 16th Feb 2011

Oxford Folk Festival which was set to take place from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April at various venues in Oxford has been cancelled.

Oxford Folk Festival 2010
The festival which began in 2004 offered a weekend Folk flavoured concerts and workshops held in venues throughout the city, including the Town Hall and the Holywell Music Rooms, as well as local pubs and clubs. The festival also spilt into the city streets, with events happening throughout the weekend.

A statement fro the organisers says:
The organisers of Oxford Folk Festival look to create the best live music and dance event in Oxford that we possibly can for our audiences, and for the performers, morris dancers, stewards and all those who make it happen.

Despite having booked a great roster of artists for this year a number of factors are making it impossible for us to hold the festival in 2011. In the current economic climate people are, understandably, more reluctant to commit their hard-earned cash to buy tickets in advance, whilst also costs have increased, with the VAT rise contributing amongst other factors.

We have made as many economies as we can but with the increasing costs of venue and equipment hire, insurance and so on it's simply not financially feasible to continue the festival this year.

We really hope to be back in the future and, in the meantime, we wish to express our sincere thanks for your support during the 8 years since we started.

We assure you that all tickets sold already will be refunded, and we will not breach the trust we have built with our customers and suppliers at any price.

Oxford Folk Festival Directors
Many well-known names from the folk world had already been confirmed, including The Peatbog Faeries, Dervish, Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds, Spiers & Boden, The Shee, Mabon, Coope Boyes & Simpson, Karavei, Magpie Lane, Dogan Mehmet and the Deerhunters, The Hut People, Pilgrim's Way, and Torivaki.

Oxford Folk is the latest of at least dozen established events that eFestivals is aware of who are not running events this year.

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April 2011
various venues in Oxford, England MAP
early bird £64 adult weekend, under 14s £29
last updated: Wed 16th Feb 2011


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