Folk fest sells out in record time, Justin Bieber, too

Stop whatever has replaced presses: The Edmonton Folk Music Festival has sold out. Again. Like anybody didn’t see that coming.

“It was crazy,” says producer Terry Wickham, who reports that 1,200 people showed up at the folk fest office to buy tickets in person at 9 p.m. Friday morning, where it’s usually around 400. Online sales started at 10 a.m. Five minutes later, the event was clean – and that include both the weekend passes and single day tickets, everything.

Says Wickham, “We might’ve sold out quicker than Justin Bieber.”

Bieber will perform Oct. 15 at Rexall Place – whose tickets also went fast after they went on sale Friday morning. Problems were reported as thousands of frustrated fans scrambled to buy tickets for both events online.

The folk fest, meanwhile, will run Aug. 9-12 at Gallagher Park, featuring a star-studded line-up topped by Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Mavis Staples, Arrested Development and many, many more.