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Edmonton Folk Music Festival is sold out

Tickets are gone in a record-breaking five minutes.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival has always been a popular summer event, but tickets have never gone this fast – in just five minutes more than 11,000 tickets were sold through online Ticketmaster as well as in-person sales outlets.

It's no wonder – this year's event is jam-packed with some of folk music's biggest names. Running from August 9-12, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival will host performances by Bonnie Raitt, the Jim Cuddy Band, Mary Chapin Carpenter, MonkeyJunk, and Arrested Development, plus many more.

Music lovers were obviously disappointed at how quickly tickets were sold, meaning many were left empty-handed. "We know there are a lot of people that have been going for 10 or 15 years that are disappointed and we hate that, but we don't have a solution to it," said organizer Terry Wickham to CBC News. "Demand is outstripping supply. I don't know what to say. I don't know what to do."

One fan, Peter West, got in line to purchase tickets as early as 7am, which he did last year, only this time he told CBC News that the line was much longer. "I was kind of a little bit demoralized," he said. "It feels like the festival used to have a bit more of an easy-going feel. And now it's tougher to get in."

The music fest's official website said there may still be a way for people to get tickets. "The 2012 festival is now sold out… as of Friday Night, there are still a few Thursday tickets available via Ticketmaster, but they may go quickly. Visit for more details."

The Folk Fest will be held in Edmonton's Gallagher Park.


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