Spiegeltent Festival's earlier opening proved a big success
The fourth annual Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, which ended its 2015 run yesterday (Monday) has been hailed as a resounding success by audiences and businesses alike
15,000 concert goers were treated to a wealth of international talent over the last two weeks.
Acts such as Albert Hammond, The Stunning, Dylan Morn and Bell X1 attracted visitors to Wexford from all over Ireland and beyond, with hotels, restaurants, shops and pubs reporting increased activity due to the Festival.
With the assistance of Wexford County Council, this year's Spiegeltent Festival opened a week earlier than the Opera Festival, and according to the organisers this change in date proved to be hugely successful.
'Opening the Festival a week earlier than last year has worked even better than we had hoped,' said Brian Byrne of Lantern Events.
'In our first week every hotel room in Wexford was occupied with Spiegeltent goers, and the other businesses across Wexford all gained sales due to this. We also welcomed a large number of Wexford people who work in the hospitality industry, who otherwise could not have come to our shows. We would like to recognise the assistance of Wexford County Council and Visit Wexford in making this possible.'
Lantern estimate the economic impact of the 2015 Festival is in excess of €4 million, with 15,000 ticket purchasers and a further 10,000 visitors to the Wexford Food day on Bank Holiday Monday contributing to this. 2015 saw a 40% increase in the number of people directly employed by the Festival.
According to Philip Gavin, Managing Director of the Talbot Hotel Group: 'We have been a supporter of the Festival since its inception in 2012, and we are delighted to see the progress the event has made in such a short period of time.
'By moving their dates the Festival has brought an extra week of trade to our hotel and the wider tourism sector, and this is to be hugely welcomed. We have had full occupancy for the whole Festival period, which is a big boon for our business.'
The Paradiso Spiegeltent is now being dismantled on Wexford Quayfront, but festival organisers cannot rest on their laurels for long as Lantern are now gearing up for the Wexford Winterland festival in December.