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Cleckheaton Folk Festival 2020 – Growing Great Places

Cleckheaton Folk Festival 2020 – Growing Great Places

Plans for the 2020 Folk Festival on 3rd, 4th & 5th July are well under way and this year we are aiming to be bigger and better than ever. We are aiming to provide a weekend of free family orientated entertainment for local people of all ages, with an opportunity...

New Site For Towersey Festival 2020 Revealed

New Site For Towersey Festival 2020 Revealed

56 years old Towersey Festival is the longest running folk festival in the country and for a good proportion of five and a half decades was held in the village which bears the name. However when that was no longer an option the entire operation stayed close to home at...

FolkEast 2019 Review: Something On Offer For Everyone

FolkEast 2019 Review: Something On Offer For Everyone

Back in 2017, reviewing FolkEast for Spiral Earth, I said the festival was "muscling its way through the crowds to become one of the most enjoyable folk music festivals of the summer". The Guardian has also said that "FolkEast feels more like a very English village...

Cropredy 2019 Review: Oooh… isn’t it windy?!

Cropredy 2019 Review: Oooh… isn’t it windy?!

As gazebos flew away, tent poles twisted into impossible shapes, intriguing mysteries abounded, who was that bloke in the purple wizard hat? Simon Jones ventures to once more to the mystical fields of Cropredy. Cropredy is forty years old, over that time it’s taken...

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival  – more than just great music!

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival – more than just great music!

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, 15-18 August, with its idyllic location on a working farm, and spectacular views across the Purbeck Hills, has a stonking line-up this year, featuring multi-talented superstars, Afro Celt Sound System; critically acclaimed multi-award...

Judy Collins interview – headlines Wickham Festival 1st August

Judy Collins interview – headlines Wickham Festival 1st August

Interview with folk legend Judy Collins, who has – in the words of her biggest hit – looked at life from both sides now… and has somehow come through the triumphs and the tragedy. The American star, who headlines the opening night of the Wickham Festival on Thursday...

Cambridge Folk Fest battles single use plastics

Cambridge Folk Fest battles single use plastics

With governments dragging their feet when it comes to virtually anything that will help to tackle the climate crisis, it comes down to the public, businesses and event organisers to take the lead. Glastonbury festival reduced their 'plastic footprint' hugely this year...

Show of Hands Abbotsbury Festival 6th July 2019

Show of Hands Abbotsbury Festival 6th July 2019

So What is Abbotsbury Festival ?? Held this year on the 6th July, it's a lovely relaxed afternoon within a natural amphitheatre created within the Sub Tropical Gardens of Abbotsbury, near Weymouth. The gates will open to the gardens at 10am, and your wristband allows...

Folk by the Oak Line-up 2019

Folk by the Oak Line-up 2019

Hatfield House | Hertfordshire | Sunday 14 July A festival of folk’s finest acts gathered in beautiful leafy parkland 
for one uplifting summer day of music. The Main Stage: Headliner – Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls One of the UK’s most successful solo artists...

25, 30 and 48! Big numbers for Chippenham Folk Fest!

25, 30 and 48! Big numbers for Chippenham Folk Fest!

These are the celebratory numbers for this year’s folk festival in Chippenham. We’ll start with the big number, 48. This is the number of years that there has been a folk festival associated with Chippenham. Starting way back in 1972 in Lacock it has grown to a huge...

Cleckheaton Folk Festival – 5th, 6th & 7th July 2019

Cleckheaton Folk Festival – 5th, 6th & 7th July 2019

Cleckheaton Folk Festival presses on to it’s 32nd festival on 5th, 6th & 7th July 2019. The event seems to go from strength to strength with loyal funding support from local councillors at Kirklees MDC, Kirklees Creative Economy and, with the input from Creative...

FolkEast keeps on growing

FolkEast keeps on growing

FolkEast, one of the most distinctive festivals to be found on the summer calendar, has announced 17 more main stages acts for the event which will be held for the seventh year running in the glorious grounds of Suffolk’s 16th century Glemham Hall. The new names range...

Bearded Theory full line up 2019

Bearded Theory full line up 2019

Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering, Derbyshire’s award-winning family-friendly festival have confirmed the final line-up for 2019’s festival Indie legends SUEDE headline the Pallet stage on Friday night. Saturday is topped by legendary British rock band THE CULT....

Stars align at Southwell in June

Stars align at Southwell in June

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young are among the headline names at this summer’s Gate To Southwell Festival in Nottinghamshire (June 6th to 9th).  Joining an eclectic international line-up that already includes Sam Kelly & The...

The End Festival Presents: The End, of What?

The End Festival Presents: The End, of What?

The End Festival makes a welcome return in 2019, this time with a slightly different format. On the 29th of March, The End, of What? will celebrate the collaboration between some of the finest versatile artists and nationalities in the EU. This will take place at...

Folk By The Oak line up nearly complete

Folk By The Oak line up nearly complete

Folk By The Oak is always a very special day out, set in the stunning grounds of Hatfield House, Herts, and taking place on Sunday 14 July 2019. You can see some cracking bands and artists performing on a huge outdoor stage, enjoy great food and drink and round the...

Cambridge Folk Fest announces more acts

Cambridge Folk Fest announces more acts

Cambridge Folk Festival has this week announced the final headliners and a whole host of new acts set to entertain the crowds at Cherry Hinton Hall August 1st – 4th. Newly announced as Friday’s headliners are the collective of Calexico and Iron & Wine. The trio...

Warwick Folk Festival celebrates 40 years

Warwick Folk Festival celebrates 40 years

The first names for the  Warwick Festival 2019 have been announced and is a unique Warwick mix of folk royalty, rising stars and old favourites, with the return of the marquee as its main venue Tickets are now on sale  you can experience that special Warwick Folk...