‘Big Session’ folk festival finds new home in Buxton

Oysterband and June Tabor will be one of the big draws when the festival returns to Buxton next year

Oysterband and June Tabor will be one of the big draws when the festival returns to Buxton next year

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The chief executive of Buxton Opera House says he is delighted that the ‘Big Session’ folk festival has found a new home in Buxton and believes the event will bring in thousands of fans - and pounds - to the local area when it returns in 2016.

Following last year’s one day sellout event the festival will come back to Buxton over three nights and two days between April 29 and May 1 next year.

Hosted by Oysterband, the weekend will see the cream of English folk gather to play at the Opera House, the Pavilion Arts Centre and Pavilion Gardens.

Opera House chief executive, Simon Glinn, said: “We are delighted that the ‘Big Session’ has found a new home and format in Buxton. It’s a well-known folk festival that boasts a large ready-made following.

“The Big Session 2016 package encourages revellers to stay for the weekend or longer, with a fringe programme offering lots of opportunities to explore, including a ‘folk train’ transporting weekend tourists direct from Manchester to Buxton.

“For the one day event earlier this year we sold 1100 tickets in 192 postcodes - that’s an exceptional reach.”

As well as concerts by Oysterband and many others there will also be a beer hall hosting more than 100 real ales which will provide the setting for the ‘Big Session’ Ceilidh and music sessions throughout the weekend.

Weekend tickets are available from www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk now.