Festivals / The Association of Festival Organisers celebrates 30 years at November Conference

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AFO conference 2016

The AFO consists of over 200 festival and event organisers, suppliers, agents and freelance individuals. Since 1986 it has been there to share knowledge and to provide a larger and connected voice for the independent festival sector. Spiral Earth has been collaborating with the organistaion for several years, just have a look at the festival… Read more »

Festivals / Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2016

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Cropredy 2016

11 -13th  August. Cropredy, Oxfordshire. Breakfast on a barge floating in the canal is a good thing, it helps to watch the assembled Cropredyites negotiate the tow path and various obstacles. All the world seems to pass as a full English is prepared and mugs of tea consumed. A woman struggles against the flow of humanity… Read more »

Festivals / Spiers and Knight – Surprise collaboration at FolkEast

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Spiers and Knight

A unique collaboration between folk legends Peter Knight and John Spiers has been announced for East Anglia’s festival FolkEast. The three day festival at the glorious 300-acre Suffolk estate of 16th century Glemham Hall will witness the debut performance of the pair on the Broad Roots stage on opening night (August 19). The content of… Read more »

Festivals / Sark Folk Festival 2016

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sark folk festival 2016

Now in its seventh year, the Sark Folk Festival is more popular than ever – if you gauge popularity by how quickly the tickets sell out then Sark is surely the most popular festival in the UK – less than an hour currently seems the par for them to be snapped up. We first visited… Read more »

Festivals / FolkEast gets wrapped in in six week countdown

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FolkEast

An arboreal artwork that traditionally marks the start of the countdown to East Anglia’s fast-rising FolkEast festival has been unveiled. The annual dressing of a 65 foot dead oak tree on the festival site at Suffolk’s Glemham Hall Estate began in 2013. Visible from the nearby A12, it has become a recognised totem heralding “six… Read more »

Festivals / Swanfest 3, Ascott under Wychwood – 16th July 2016

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swanfest III

Wychwood Folk Club & The Swan Inn proudly present the third Swanfest on Saturday 16th July 2016 in Ascott under Wychwood. Last year’s event saw internationally acclaimed headline act Barbara Dickson give a sensational performance with Nick Holland accompanying her on piano. This the festival is delighted to welcome Martyn Joseph as headliner. Martyn is a powerful singer and… Read more »

Festivals / Gate to Southwell Festival 2016

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gate to southwell festival 2016

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Gate to Southwell Roots and Acoustic Music Festival, or as everyone calls it, the Southwell Festival. This is also the fest’s second year at its new home on the Southwell Racecourse, which brings the benefit of good parking, some real toilets and ample camping space. According to… Read more »

Festivals / Cambridge Folk Fest – The Den lineup

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cambridge folk festival

The line-up for emerging talent stage The Den at the Cambridge Folk Festival has been announced. there are always a few real gems in here, just make sure you get there early if you particularly want to see anyone as it’s a small venue, all of which adds to it charm. The line-up includes: American… Read more »

Festivals / Levellers announced as Sunday headliner for Watchet Festival

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levellers

WATCHETLIVE C.I.C, the organisers of WATCHETLIVE FESTIVAL have announced the final headliner for their 10th Birthday Party across Bank Holiday 2016, and it’s a blinder! Former Glastonbury Festival headliners, Levellers will close the festival in their own imitable style. Drawing from their extensive back catalogue of over twenty chart hits, including What A Beautiful Day,… Read more »

Festivals / Dylan 75th Birthday Tribute At Gate To Southwell Festival

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gate to southwell fest 2016

It was Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday on May 24th and, fashionably late, there’ll be a special tribute concert at next month’s 10th Gate To Southwell Festival on Saturday June 11th. Backed by a fantastic festival band, led by Jim Moray of False Lights, there’ll be special guest performances of Dylan classics by Steve Knightley, Jackie… Read more »