More than 14,000 people purchased tickets to the four-day Cambridge Folk Festival last week, making the event a complete sellout.

Patti Smith, First Aid Kit and John Prine headlined the successful event, which launched in 1965. This year’s edition took place at the 10,000-capacity Cherry Hinton Hall.

This year marked the first time that the festival linked up with its US counterpart the Newport Folk Festival. The partnership involved the two festivals sharing ideas and jointly nurturing new folk talent.

Political songwriter Grace Petrie, who played on Thursday, said the festival represented the “benchmark of British folk music” and was “the one I’ve been shooting for, for many years”.

Operations director Neil Jones said the festival’s ethos has “remained the same” since it began, according to the BBC.

He said: “It’s been another sell-out year, with 14,000 going to the festival.

“While it has seen a lot of changes over the years, the heart remains the same – walking around the festival you see bands that become my new favourite band.”

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