NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Newport Folk Festival has wrapped up another successful year with sets from Beck and the Lumineers, 54 years after the event was first held in Rhode Island's city-by-the-sea.
The venerable festival ended Sunday following three days of performances by nearly 50 bands.
Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday shows sold out five months early — the fastest tickets for the main two days of the festival have gone in the event's history.
The event has boasted a "who's who" of stars since it began in 1959 and is known as the place where Bob Dylan went electric in 1965.
Ticketholder Alex Kimball of New London, Conn., says the festival succeeds through its diverse mix of performers and a beautiful setting at historic Fort Adams on Narragansett Bay.