THOUSANDS of tickets for the first day of the free Warrington Music Festival have been snapped up in record time with huge demand causing the website to briefly crash.
Tickets were released at 9am on Friday 22 March and by 1.10pm, every one of the 2,800 free tickets had been claimed.
Ian Cox, Centre Director at Golden Square Shopping Centre, said: ìThe response has been phenomenal. As soon as we announced that we were bringing Shaun Ryderís Black Grape to headline the event there was a huge buzz of excitement across social media and once the tickets were made available the interest only grew further.
‘The demand for the ticketed event was so huge that our website briefly crashed but we soon managed to get it back up and running, so people could register for their tickets,î he said. ìItís been an amazing few hours and we’re all absolutely thrilled that this yearís Warrington Music Festival is already gearing up to be the most popular yet.’
Golden Square and Warrington BID will be hosting the two-day free event at the shopping centre’s Old Market Square on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May. The bank holiday week of live music will feature performances from Shaun Ryderís Black Grape, The Farm, Fez and Clint Boon on the Saturday evening and more than 20 up-and-coming bands on the Sunday.
Ian added, ‘Whilst the Saturday evening tickets have been snapped up, itís worth remembering that the Sunday event is open to everyone between 12pm and 11pm, and really makes for a great start to the bank holiday.’
Dawn Smyth, Chair of the Warrington BID said ‘The Warrington BID are delighted to be involved with an event of this nature. It will bring visitors into the town from far and wide to not only enjoy the festival but also everything the town has to offer.
‘There are some really big acts lined up which once again shows Warrington’s draw when attracting performers. This is just the beginning of the events and festivals the BID will be looking to help deliver in Warrington over the coming months and years.