Festivals / Blissfields announces 2016 theme and tickets available

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bliss fields

Blissfields have confirmed dates for its 2016 main event in Woodmancott, Hampshire, returning for its 16th year on July 1st and 2nd with a “HOUSE PARTY” theme. Tier 1 tickets are on sale now via blissfields.co.uk from £85 for an adult pass, alongside tickets for a one-off Christmas Party. First music acts to be announced early 2016. Blissfields has always celebrated… Read more »

Festivals / Village Pump Revisited – Colin Irwin

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village pump

In darkest Wiltshire, several trillion light years ago (1974 to be precise), an interesting bunch of characters who congregated at the Village Pump Folk Club hit upon the mad idea of organising a festival. Originally intended to be held at a barn in Bradford-on-Avon, the council pulled the rug at the last minute and that… Read more »

Festivals / First artists announced for Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2016

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levellers

Grammy award winning American singer songwriter Rosanne Cash – the daughter of country singer Johnny Cash, folk rock band The Levellers, Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band, singer songwriter Tom Robinson, and world music star Raghu Dixit are among the acts signed so far for the four-day festival. Others include Dervish & guests, Show of… Read more »

Festivals / Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 2016 tickets on sale

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purbeck 2016

With the success of this year’s Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, it comes as no surprise that the popular family friendly four-day event will be back next year from 25-28 August. The festival champions local music, traditional song writing and originality and is a big draw for music lovers. Tickets are on sale now with exciting… Read more »

Festivals / Top of the Fests

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Colin Irwin

THE HIGHLY UNOFFICIAL TOP 10 MOST POPULAR FESTIVAL ACTS Here we go then…the festival season. A time for conversing with nature, shaking off the worries of the big, bad world, quaffing a few ciders and getting in touch with your alternative side. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, but spare a thought for the poor, beleagured festival organizer…. Read more »

Festivals / Butlins – Great British Folk Festival

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Colin Irwin

Hello campers. Hope this finds you well. I’ve just had a fun weekend in Skegness. At Butlins. Hang on, I’ll run that by you again. I’ve just had a fun weekend in Skegness. At Butlins. And that’s not something I thought I’d ever have cause to say since 1973. Come to think of it, though,… Read more »

Festivals / Gate To Southwell 2015

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gate to southwell 2015

Solo onstage for ninety minutes with only guitars and a not-very-rock & roll mug of medical tea (“for people who think they can sing”), this is the start of Billy Bragg’s 2015 troubadour trek to help the nation shake off those post-election blues. The old harsh punk rock voice may have become warmer and more… Read more »

Festivals / Costa Del Folk March 2015 Festival Review

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costa del folk

Steeleye Span’s 1975 hit ‘All Around my Hat’ opens with the line ‘Fare thee well cold winter and fare thee well cold frost’ and they were my thoughts exactly as I got on a plane this March bound for the second annual Costa Del Folk Festival in Benalmadena Spain. The event organisers at Enjoy Travel… Read more »