The Bath Festival sold more than 20,000 tickets this year, breaking records from previous years.
The new flagship festival of music and literature brought more than 130 events over 10 days to Bath in May 2017, with some of the biggest names in literature, culture and music visiting the city’s venues.
With a total ticket sales of more than 20,000, the festival enjoyed the best combined music and literature festival sales since 2012, and had the best year for music events sales since the 2009 Bath International Music Festival, when the festival was 17 rather than 10 days.
With sell-out words and literature events from Colm Toibin, Ed Balls and John Simpson, and late additions to the programme from global literary superstars such as Helen Fielding and Howard Jacobson, book lovers were treated to a cornucopia of literary delights.
These were coupled with concerts from the Philharmonia Orchestra with Herbert Blomstedt, Cecilia Bernardini, Richard Goode, Brad Mehldau, Madeleine Peyroux, and an extraordinary atmospheric performance of Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles by Tenebrae in Bath Abbey.
Bath’s biggest free night of music, Party in the City, launched the festival on 19 May with over 2,000 performers entertaining people across the city. The streets, parks and venues of Bath were filled with a multitude of arts from electro-swing to cheerleading to Chinese shadow-puppetry.
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Alex Clark, artistic director of words and literature, said: “It’s been thrilling for me to join the team at Bath Festivals just as it’s entering a new and exciting phase in its history. This year, we brought some immensely gifted writers to Bath and we created some truly magical collaborations between authors and musicians. I know we all hope to open up this very special world to even more audiences, and I can’t wait to get started on next year’s programme.”
James Waters, artistic director of music, added: “The new multi arts Bath Festival has the weight of one of the really major European Festivals. The combination of literature, words, classical, jazz and international music really cannot be found anywhere else.”