Tickets for the Newport Folk Festival go on sale at 10 o’clock Thursday morning. The music lineup has yet to be announced.
That’s been the norm for the past several years, but it hasn’t stopped the festival from selling thousands of tickets. Last year, for the first time in its history, the complete three-day festival completely sold out. Three-day, two-day, and single passes will all go on sale. Ten percent of the three-day passes will be available at a special ‘early-bird rate.’
Tickets for the Newport Jazz Festival go on sale today. This will be the 61st year for the annual Newport Jazz Fest.
Though the music doesn’t start until July 31st, the public will be able to purchase tickets for the historic festival 10 o’clock this morning. Last year, for the sixtieth anniversary, the Jazz fest added a third day to its typical two-day lineup. It’s holding onto the three day schedule this year. The festival is introducing a new cheaper one-day ticket, allowing visitors to choose whether they want to go on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
The Newport Jazz Festival kicks off Friday, this is the 60th anniversary of the festival that was first held at the Newport Casino and along Bellevue Avenue. The festival survived rock and roll and rowdy crowds.
Newport Jazz and Folk Festival founder George Wein is calling folk legend Pete Seeger the heart and soul of the folk festival. Seeger was on the Newport Folk Festival’s first board, and Wein credits Seeger for re-starting the festival in 1963 after it fizzled out in 1960.
The Newport Jazz Festival will be a little longer next year.
The Newport Jazz Festival, which has been a two-day event for decades, is adding a third day for its 60th anniversary next year. The bonus day will be Friday, August 1st and will feature new and emerging artists. The extra day was made possible by a 40-thousand dollar grant from the Rhode Island Foundation. Neil Steinberg is CEO of the Foundation.