Bursting at the seams with headline acts and family fun galore, the Purbeck Valley Folk Festival (24-27 August), is set to be the highlight of the summer. Legendary acts rub shoulders with upcoming talent amidst the beautiful hillside surroundings of the Purbeck Valley Folk Festival located in the Dorset countryside.
The stellar line-up announced so far includes Badly Drawn Boy, Turin Brakes, Ben Ottewell (from Gomez), Michele Stodart (from The Magic Numbers), This Is The Kit, Martha Tilston, Kathryn Williams and Dorset favourites, The Ben Waters Band. Not to mention emerging stars of the folk scene such as Gabby Young and John Smith.
Running over the Bank Holiday weekend, revellers can expect the very best folk, roots and world music. The organisers have carefully chosen an exciting line-up that reflects the diversity of the current folk scene, with plenty to keep music lovers and families entertained.
Organiser Catherine Burke is extremely excited to be bringing so many well-loved artists together: “We have a broad definition of folk music at Purbeck Valley. As promoters we listen to the feedback our audience gives us. We always ask festival-goers to tell us who they’d like to see at the festival and, as well as introducing them to new music that we think they’ll like.”
Music fans are also in for a special treat, as Saturday’s Songwriting Circle will see headline acts Kathryn Williams, Michele Stodart and Ross Wilson (Blue Rose Code) all taking part. This is an intimate opportunity to hear the stories behind the songs from the musicians themselves.
Featuring a host of favourite attractions including comperes, stage crew, kids entertainers, storytellers, craft workshops, music workshops, song sessions, poetry, Purbeck Rising, open mics and the very best folk, roots and world music. All this surrounded by stunning views of Corfe Castle, accessible camping and some truly delicious food.
Weekend tickets (Thurs-Sun) include free camping and are on sale now for £110 (youth £55, children age 4-11 £30). A limited number of festival day tickets are also now on sale at £51 per day (£25 youth, £15 child).
For tickets and information please visit www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk