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Boomtown Fair forced to postpone in face of Government intransigence

Boomtown Fair forced to postpone in face of Government intransigence

Owing to the lack of a Government backed COVID specific insurance scheme to provide a vital safety net to events this summer, the organisers of Boomtown Fair have come to the difficult decision to no longer go ahead in 2021. Rumours and speculation about vaccination...

“If all the world’s a stage” …. As You Like It Festival

“If all the world’s a stage” …. As You Like It Festival

If all the world’s a stage and the men and women are merely players, then there are plenty of players for the stage at the  unique 'As you like it' Festival being held in Stratford-upon-Avon from 26th to 30th July this year. Following the postponement of Costa del...

What do the four steps to lockdown lifting mean for gigs and festivals?

What do the four steps to lockdown lifting mean for gigs and festivals?

On the 22nd February the government announced its roadmap to lifting lockdown, with a potential complete lifting of restrictions for theatres, venues and large outside events by late June - so we seem to be on course to be enjoying gigs and festivals across the summer...

Folk on Foot Signs Top Artists for Valentines ‘Festival of LOVE’

Folk on Foot Signs Top Artists for Valentines ‘Festival of LOVE’

In these dark and challenging times, we all need love. And the award-winning podcast Folk on Foot has signed up over twenty of the UK and Ireland’s leading folk artists to provide it on Valentine’s Day (Sunday February 14th 2021). For the Folk on Foot Festival of...

Celtic Connections 2021, the digital one…

Celtic Connections 2021, the digital one…

Celtic Connections 2021 has drawn to a close, and the organisers have issued this press release: With audiences from over 60 countries and over 27,000 tickets and passes sold, the first ever digital Celtic Connections has been a huge success. Over 10.5 million minutes...

The AFO virtual conference 2021

The AFO virtual conference 2021

The Association of Festival Orgnisers annual conference generally takes place over a weekend in November. Obviously that kind of face to face social interaction is a thing of the past, so it is now coming to you on Saturday 20 February 2021 from 10am to 10pm as an...

New Festival Launched by Costa del Folk Team

New Festival Launched by Costa del Folk Team

A new music festival has been launched this month by the team who operate the highly successful Costa Del Folk. The Aviemore Festival will take place between 6 – 10 December 2021 in the Cairngorms in Scotland. ‘We knew that there was a lot of pent-up demand from our...

Celtic Connections Programme Announcement

Celtic Connections Programme Announcement

The Celtic Connections online festival will begin next week,  across 19 days, the festival will present over 30 online performances between Friday 15th January and Tuesday 2nd February 2021. World class concerts will be available to view online with some of the...

Gate To Southwell Fest dates for 2021 and new venue

Gate To Southwell Fest dates for 2021 and new venue

The 14th Gate To Southwell Festival is now set to take place in September 2021 at a beautiful new location in the nearby village of Kirklington (just outside Southwell). Having had to cancel the 2020 festival because of the Covid pandemic, the GTSF organisers are...

40 Top Folk Musicians “TOGETHER AGAIN” for Folk On Foot 3

40 Top Folk Musicians “TOGETHER AGAIN” for Folk On Foot 3

The award-winning Folk on Foot podcast is re-uniting some of the top names in UK folk for a third online festival on Bank Holiday Monday August 31st. The podcast’s first two festivals raised over £190,000 for musicians who lost their livelihoods during the Covid...

FolkEast Fixes It! The Show Goes On – Virtually!!

FolkEast Fixes It! The Show Goes On – Virtually!!

FolkEast, the UK’s most easterly folk festival, is to welcome audiences to Suffolk for a live event this month after all. In April, in common with most other 2020 folk festivals, husband and wife directors John and Becky Marshall-Potter reluctantly decided to postpone...

Cambridge Comes Home (Literally)

Cambridge Comes Home (Literally)

Given all the drastic cancellations, restrictions and general disquiet that’s gone on because of CoVid 19 it’s been on line activities and events which have at least raised a ray of hope for live music when all is restored to a modicum of normality. Of course this...

Stars Line up for Second Folk on Foot Front Room Festival

Stars Line up for Second Folk on Foot Front Room Festival

The award-winning podcast Folk on Foot has announced the line-up for a second Front Room Festival to take place on Spring Bank Holiday Monday May 25th. It follows the success of the first festival on Easter Monday which raised nearly £110,000 through a crowdfunding...

Ciaran Algar’s CCC Festival after 50 day Lock-down Collaborations

Ciaran Algar’s CCC Festival after 50 day Lock-down Collaborations

Over the lockdown period, Ciaran Algar has been creating a daily musical collaboration with many of the Folk scene's top musicians to provide a bit of joy in very strange times. After many comments from people who had discovered a new favourite artist from the...