THOUSANDS of visitors to the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival have given a huge boost to the town's status and economy, say organisers.
The 10-day festival is believed to have been the most successful for five years.
Of the 47 events this year, 20 were sellouts.
"A lot of these, particularly at St Paul's Hall, were not only sold out, we had people queueing and we had to turn people away," said Sheralyn Bonner, the festival's marketing director.
The HCMF, directed by Susanna Eastburn, is internationally renowned and attracts new music fans from around the world.
Teams from Germany, Sweden, Austria and Italy have all spent days at the festival, seeing how Huddersfield stages new music.
Such is the reputation of the festival that its final concert on Sunday featured the London Sinfonietta in the UK premiere of a new work by one of the country's top composers, Sir Harrison Birtwistle.
"It was a real coup for us to have one of the top composers in the country and his work premiered by the leading interpreters of contemporary music performed not in London, but here in Huddersfield," said Mrs Bonner.
"We really do get the pick of the best."
And according to Mrs Bonner, the festival's own research suggests that more local people are becoming aware of what this highly specialised music festival is all about.
"Although it is hard to be exact, we feel that more local people have been coming along to events this year."
Musical highlights include the presence of many composers throughout the week - 23 were counted at one event alone.
"It is one of the things which makes the festival special, this fairly rare opportunity for people to talk to composers. It's one of the real high points for visitors."
The festival gives people the opportunity to hear work they would otherwise have little chance of experiencing outside London.
Huddersfield has been riding high on a wave of tourism for the past month, according to David Wyles, town centre manager.
Mr Wyles said that the festival topped a month of crowd-pulling activities in Huddersfield.
"We had the rugby league Ashes match at the Alfred McAlpine Stadium, graduation days at the University and the contemporary music festival, which was the icing on the cake.
"I know that all accommodation was booked out in the area for virtually four weeks," he said.
"The spend is usually enormous from stadium events to town centre events which attract national and international audiences."