Here's an interesting article from the Shropshire Star. This year's Eisteddfod was a big success despite the bad weather.
Eisteddfod ticket sales highest
A world-famous festival held on the Shropshire border has achieved its biggest ticket sales in its 61-year history.
Provisional figures for the Llangollen International Musical Festival, which was held between July 10-15, show this year’s eisteddfod sold £580,000 worth of tickets, an increase of 11.5 per cent on last year and 44 per cent up on takings of £402,000 in 2005.
This year’s concert boasted three sell-out concerts featuring Joan Baez, Hayley Westenra and Jose Carreras.
Audiences packed out the pavilion for the shows and a large screen was put up outside the main stage for an extra 1,000 people to enjoy the Hayley Westenra performance.
Despite the poor weather the festival still managed to boost audience numbers for the pavilion shows by three per cent.
An independent survey undertaken by the Welsh Assembly Government calculates the eisteddfod makes a contribution of £6.3million into the economy of North East Wales every year.
And with some eisteddfod volunteers working 16-hour days this week to restore the festival site and car parks following the damage caused by adverse weather conditions, Gwyn L Williams, eisteddfod chief executive, injected a dose of sunshine today by announcing the record-breaking news.
He said: “To increase the tickets sales in a period that saw some of the largest rainfall since records began is no mean achievement and I’d like to thank the volunteers, visitors and the people of Llangollen and Denbighshire for the magnificent help they provide each year to maintain the success of our world-renowned festival.”
Sounds like the festival is amazing! I must attend someday An 11.5% increase in ticket worth this year and a boost of 3% for pavillion shows (wonder why that happened i21.photobucket.com/albums/b294/hdjoespics/EEjdKsU.gif) all this achievement and yet the weather was pretty bad (well, it's perfect weather for me since I love the rain as long as its moderate that is Grant, you were very considerate when you had a short talk with Hayley considering she was going to join the Kiwis that were attending the festival.
"Well something’s lost but something’s gained in living every day."