Tickets for the Singing Kettle concert, which will form part of this year’s 30th Folk Festival, sold out within 90 minutes, prompting the organisers to put on a second show at the Garrison Theatre.
There was huge demand for the 750-seat capacity concert at Clickimin last month when tickets went on sale, with the queue stretching down Burns Lane and up Commercial Street to Malcomson’s Bakery before the doors opened at 10am.
Booked by the festival with the deliberate intention of expanding youth programming, the second showing will help ensure that even more young members of the Shetland community will have the opportunity to benefit from this BAFTA award winning act and major UK box office draw in children’s entertainment.
Davie Henderson, one of the event organisers, said: “It is absolutely fantastic that we’ve managed to rearrange things to enable us to schedule in this second show. We knew that the Singing Kettle would be popular but have to admit to being rather overwhelmed at the speed the tickets sold out. This second showing will hopefully result in another 280 happy smiling faces, which is obviously satisfying from an organiser’s perspective.”
Both shows will be titled The Singing Kettle’s Silly Songs and audience members are being encouraged to wear something in their favourite colour. Bursting with superb singalong songs like Shove Yer Granny, Music Man and Woman, Apples and Bananas, along with loads of audience participation, ticket holders can expect a fun-filled, action packed experience. A surprise visit from Little Bunny Fou Fou is expected and some lucky children may even end up on stage to join in on the excitement.
Tickets for the second showing by the Singing Kettle, on Wednesday 28th April at 5pm, are priced at £10 for all and will go on sale between 10am and noon on Saturday 13th March, at the Shetland Folk Festival Offices at 5 Burns Lane, Lerwick or via the ticket line (01595) 696349 during those hours.
Tickets for the other festival concerts will go on sale in the usual manner to advance festival members from mid-March and then to everyone else from 2nd April when the ticket booking form is distributed to all via The Shetland Times and the festival website www.shetlandfolkfestival.com