Tetfest, the annual live music festival in Tetbury has now been made a free event.
Thanks to a surge in interest over the last few weeks, organisers say there is now enough money raised in sponsorship to cover the cost of staging the event without having to reply on ticket sales.
Everyone who has already purchased a ticket will be entirely refunded – either electronically if they bought their tickets via LittleBox Office or on the day if they paid cash.
“It was always our intention to make Tetfest a free event so that the whole community could enjoy it, but we had to be sure we could cover costs first,” said Tetfest organiser and Tetbury Town Councillor, Mark Trolly Wood.
“Thanks to the generosity of local businesses who have been really amazing in support of this event, we are now in a much stronger financial position.
“Waiving the entrance fee makes Tetfest accessible to everyone, regardless of their circumstances, and any surplus raised from food and drink sales will still be donated to our chosen charities – Tetbury Hospital and St. Mary’s Primary School.”
Noasis, a spectacular Oasis tribute band, is this year’s headline act at Tetfest, which takes place on July 13 at Worwell Field, Cirencester Road.
Other artists scheduled to perform include Durandau Ballet, the Corsairs, Mick O’Toole Band, the Ukey Dukes, Mike Ayliffe, Bones Like That and DJ Moggy.
There will also be an acoustic tent, a fully licensed bar, a free children’s entertainment area, food stalls and face painting.
Tetfest opens at 1pm and runs until 11.30pm.
Although this is now a free event with ample parking on site, the maximum capacity for the event is still 500 and entry will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.