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Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Update: Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Daniel Kitson sold out

Quirky comic Daniel Kitson sold out his Picture House gig in 72 hours setting a new sales record for the Hebden Bridge Art Festival.

Kitson sell out

Tickets went on sale last Friday for the 500 seat gig and were sold out by Monday morning. The on-line allocation sold out in only 40 minutes and locals queued outside Hebden Bridge Town in Saturday to secure tickets for this very rare tour by the Perrier Award winning comic.

“It was brilliant that the on-line sales go so quickly, but we’d promised that locals would get a fair shout too, but we shock when a queue formed with one lad coming over from Burnley to make sure he got in,” says Artistic Director Helen Meller.

“This sets a new record for selling out a festival show and we’re incredibly grateful to everyone who booked so quickly as it proves we are getting the right acts in for this year's festival.”

Daniel is now putting the finishing touches to his latest ‘After the beginning – Before the end’ show on Wednesday June 26.

Arts Festival 2013: first act to be announced is comedian Daniel Kitson

Monday, 18 February 2013

Daniel KitsonPerrier Award winning comedian Daniel Kitson is the first headline act announced for the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival which kicks off in June.

The quirky funnyman is bringing his brand new show 'After the beginning - Before the end' to Hebden Bridge Picture House on Wednesday June 26 and in typically eccentric style proclaims the idea just came to him as he driving across London after dropping his dad off at the station.

Daniel is currently writing the show in his bedroom as he says the kid next store to his home is disturbing him by playing the James Bond on his trumpet.

"Daniel Kitson is a dream first booking for the festival - idiosyncratic, hilarious, a stand out stand up," says Artistic Director Helen Meller. "Stewart Lee who sold out the Picture House last year is a huge fan and has said: 'He makes you feel bad because he's doing what you ought to be doing, and doing it brilliantly'. We expect this to sell out very quickly which is why we are making tickets available online, but with a guaranteed number for local people.."

Daniel grew up in Denby Dale and has earned a reputation as a comic who won't do TV or sit on mindless panel shows parroting tired gags preferring to venture out on rare tours with one off shows that have always won critical acclaim. He did have a recurring role in Phoenix Nights, but even that tentative dip into TV resulted in a spectacular falling out with Peter Kay.

Since then he created his own approach to comedy forging a unique style focusing on the ordinary and making it extraordinary like 66a Church Street, which is about that house from the moment he was shown round until he was forced out.

Daniel is busy putting the finishing touches to 'After the beginning - Before the end', but as the New York Times said of his hit show 'It's Always Right Now' he will 'season the treacle with grit' at his Hebden Bridge show.

Tickets priced £10 for 'After the beginning - Before the end' go on sale via the Festival website from Friday 1 March or at the first pop up box at Hebden Bridge Town hall from 10am - 4pm on Saturday 2 March

Previously, on the HebWeb

  • HebWeb News: Record turnout for Arts Festival open meeting (Nov 2012)
  • HebWeb News: Arts Festival is looking for your memories (7 Nov)
  • HebWeb News: New faces at Arts Festival (22 Oct)
  • HebWeb News: Festival and Parade team up for 'sensational afternoon' next year (25 Sept)
  • HebWeb News: Arts Festival seeks new board members (18 Sept)
  • HebWeb News: Arts Festival is over (12 July)
  • HebWeb News: Carnival weekend in Hebden (3 July)
  • HebWeb News: Arts Festival and Handmade Parade hit the sunny streets of Hebden (27 June)
  • HebWeb News: The girls are back in town! (20 June)
  • HebWeb News: Festival Box Office opens Saturday 16th June
  • HebWeb News: Dance weekend to kick off Arts festival
  • HebWeb News: Festival Programme launched: Matisse and Stewart Lee headline
  • HebWeb News: Hebden Bridge Fringe Programme launched
  • HebWeb News: Countdown to Arts Festival

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