Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2014 event, September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina, is now open for conference registration, hotel reservations, Wide Open Bluegrass festival tickets, the IBMA Awards Show, and Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes. Additional details about World of Bluegrass 2014 will be announced on May 7 at a press conference in Raleigh.
IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event, an annual bluegrass music homecoming, consists of four parts: the IBMA Business Conference, September 30 – October 2, the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, October 2, the Wide Open Bluegrass Music Festival, October 3-4 (which includes both free stages and ticketed performances) and the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, taking place September 30 – October 2 in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Those wishing to obtain tickets for the ticketed portion of the Wide Open Bluegrass festival (which takes place at Red Hat Amphitheater and Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom Stages), Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes, conference registration, Award Show tickets and hotel reservations should go to IBMA’s website, www.ibma.org. Single day general admission for the ticketed portion of the Wide Open Bluegrass festival starts as low as $50, with a three-day Bluegrass Ramble pass available for $75. Additional details and pricing information are available at the website.
“All of Raleigh is so ready for the return of IBMA and the World of Bluegrass,” said the Honorable Nancy McFarlane, mayor of Raleigh. “I encourage everyone to get their tickets today to make sure that you are part of WOB14, which promises to be even greater than last year.”
Before opening World of Bluegrass tickets and registration to the general public today, the IBMA offered its members a chance to pre-purchase, and were very pleased with the results: “We’re excited to report the best kick-off week of World of Bluegrass sales in IBMA history beginning March 31 with our pre-sale for members,” said Executive Director Nancy Cardwell. “In the first week we sold around 1500 tickets for both Friday and Saturday night of the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival’s main stages (3000 for the weekend), more than 160 Bluegrass Ramble multi-day showcase tickets, 430 IBMA Awards Show tickets, and over 160 Business Conference full-attendee registrations.”
“We also had a number of exhibitors for the Bluegrass Expo sign up the first week. Hotel rooms at the two anchor hotels are going fast and are sold out on some nights already. The good news is that we still have rooms at all of our discount block hotels, as well as tent and RV camping availability.”
“The city of Raleigh and IBMA’s worldwide Bluegrass Nation had a great ‘first date’ at World of Bluegrass 2013, and we’re looking forward to continuing the relationship in 2014 with an even bigger and better IBMA Business Conference, plus expected repeat sell-outs at the International Bluegrass Music Awards and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival,” Cardwell continued. “World of Bluegrass is the place to discover what’s new in bluegrass, promote your band or business, and to network with peers in the industry. If bluegrass music moves you, we invite you to register, buy tickets and make plans now to be at the event that moves the bluegrass music world Sept. 30-Oct. 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina.”
While a more extensive list of changes and additions to this year’s World of Bluegrass event are available at the IBMA website, some of the changes include:
The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau reported that last year’s World of Bluegrass event generated $10 million in direct visitor spending for that region, with total attendance for the week’s activities estimated to be over 154,000, exceeding expectations for the event’s first year in Raleigh. Over 300 performances by more than 160 different artists took place during World of Bluegrass 2013.
IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s three-year stay in Raleigh is the result of a partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee. /li