Festivals / New Site For Towersey Festival 2020 Revealed

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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 the nearby showground whilst still… Read more »

Festivals / FolkEast 2019 Review: Something On Offer For Everyone

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richard thompson at folk east

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 fete than a festival”. So, what happened in 2019?… Read more »

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

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cropredy 2019

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 various guises, had a slipstream of continual organisation and grown from… Read more »

Festivals / Purbeck Valley Folk Festival – more than just great music!

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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 winning songwriter Karine Polwart; BBC Folk Award winning Cara Dillon; Noah and the Whale’s Matt Owens, and Radio 6… Read more »

Festivals / Cambridge Folk Fest battles single use plastics

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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 by discouraging plastic bottles and cups. The Cambridge Folk Festival has always been… Read more »

Festivals / Show of Hands Abbotsbury Festival 6th July 2019

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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 you full access to wander round the fabulous surroundings. At… Read more »

Festivals / Folk by the Oak Line-up 2019

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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 of the past decade, Frank Turner has carved out a… Read more »

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

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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 celebration of Traditional folk Arts, music and… Read more »