UK Folk Festivals - Coming Soon

Folk Music Festivals Coming Soon

These are the festivals with a start date from today onwards for the next five weeks. So if you need a quick fix of your favourite musical genre, try one of these great music festivals. We're sure you'll enjoy the music. They are arranged in date order, with the soonest one first.

Remember, we can't check every ticket price, unfortunately, as some are not listed until closer to the event, so we advise you to check the prices yourself.

Click on a festival name and it expands to reveal the full details (like the first one).

Taking place in September

Cork Folk Festival - 28th Sep 2017 - Cork, County Cork

Traditional music from Ireland and England too. One of the major Irish festivals.

Since its birth in 1979, Cork Folk Festival has earned a reputation for bringing together some of the biggest names on the traditional and folk scene – as well as championing some of its up-and-coming stars.

Location: Cork
Date: Thursday 28th September 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: infocorkfolk@gmail.com
Website: www.corkfolkfestival.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Allen Valleys Folk Festival - 29th Sep 2017 - Allendale, Northumberland

Events are held at several locations around Allendale.

The website isn't updated for 2017 at the time of our last visit, but the event is definately own and tickets are for sale now.

Location: Allendale
Date: Friday 29th September 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £49.5
Contact for info: davidcrellin@btinternet.com
Website: allenvalleysfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Feis Na Mara - 29th Sep 2017 - Mallaig, Highlands and Argyl

Another festival in bonny Scotland with a highlands theme.
A traditional music festival, most the acts having a local connection, with workshops, a family dance and sessions in the local pubs.

Location: Mallaig
Date: Friday 29th September 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@feis-na-mara.com
Website: www.feis-na-mara.com/
County: Highlands and Argyl
Country: Scotland


Frank Finn Traditional Singing Weekend - 29th Sep 2017 - Rosses Point, County Sligo

Web site currently incomplete.

Traditional singing and concerts and competitions.

Location: Rosses Point
Date: Friday 29th September 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: michelle@yeatscountyhotel.com
Website: sligotradsingers.ie/frank-finn-traditional-singing-weekend/
County: County Sligo
Country: Ireland


Ingleton Folk Weekend - 29th Sep 2017 - Ingleton, Yorkshire

Sessions - Workshops - Morris
Concerts - Ceilidh - Open Mic - The Big Sing
The Big Session - Comic Song Competition

A weekend of folk events centered on the Yorkshire Dales village of Ingleton.

They also have an early season event as their funderaiser event, in February.

Location: Ingleton
Date: Friday 29th September 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: ingletonfolk @gmail.com
Website: www.ingletonfolk.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Looe Music Festival - 29th Sep 2017 - Looe, Cornwall

An intimate 3-day late-season festival with the main stage on the beach, in the beautiful Cornish coastal town of Looe. 90 bands / 5 stages / 3 days … 1 big party on the beach! A dedicated music event, it's a festival with a difference. The relaxed vibe hits you the moment you arrive in the tiny fishing town. The stages are smack-bang in the centre of town, by the harbour-side and on the beach - the local bars and restaurants hosting live music during the weekend too.

Big music, manic entertainment and a smattering of culture for good measure.

Various genres, with some big Folk Music names.

Location: Looe
Date: Friday 29th September 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £99
Also available Day tickets £30 and £40
Contact for info: contact@looemusic.co.uk
Website: www.looemusic.co.uk
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Queensferry Mini Folk Festival - 30th Sep 2017 - South Queensferry, EH30 9HX, Midlothian

The Queensferry Mini Folk Festival will have the feel of a folk festival
but on a smaller scale. It will be a family event, taking place from
mid/late afternoon on a Saturday.
- Huge variety of traditional music.
- Supported by Cala Homes and Edinburgh Council - supporting acts that
haven't been seen in Queensferry before.
- Relaxed informal vibe. Don't just listen to the music. Chat, snack,
and drink as well!
- "Friends you haven't met yet" - local people who share an interest in
traditional music.

Festival's Facebook Page

Location: South Queensferry, EH30 9HX
Date: Saturday 30th September 2017 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £7
Contact for info: 07960 449337
Website: www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EMIIDD#
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


Taking place in October

Glasgow Americana - 4th Oct 2017 - Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Blues, country, folk and acoustic music with an American flavour.
In Glasgow of course.

Location: Glasgow
Date: Wednesday 4th October 2017 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £80
Also available Individual event tickets too.
Contact for info: info@fallenangelsclub.com
Website: www.glasgowamericana.com
County: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland


Swanage Blues festival - 5th Oct 2017 - Swanage, Dorset

15 Indoor Venues
30 Top Class Acts
60 Great Gigs, Open Mic and Jam Sessions

The Swanage Blues Festival brings together an amazing collection of Blues Musicians, Fans and Friends for a weekend of Jams, Open Mics and Headline Performances that will have you coming back time after time.
Swanage hosts several festivals.

Location: Swanage
Date: Thursday 5th October 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available £10 support wristband, to cover costs
Contact for info: info@swanage-blues.org
Website: www.swanage-blues.org/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Tenterden Folk Festival - 5th Oct 2017 - Tenterden, Kent

A four day long festival of folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions. Tenterden, situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, about 12 miles west of Ashford, is an ideal setting for this friendly, family festival of folk. Tenterden features one of the widest High Streets in the country lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs and restaurants and green verges. The festival includes many free events.

Location: Tenterden
Date: Thursday 5th October 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £44
Also available Individual event tickets too
Contact for info: info@tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk
Website: www.tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk/
County: Kent
Country: England


Banbury Folk & Hobby Horse Festival - 6th Oct 2017 - Banbury, Oxfordshire

After the success of this year’s Banbury Folk Festival and Hobby Horse Festival we are pleased to announce it is happening again.

In 2017 we will be offering an Early Bird Ticket in April and May before the main tickets go on sale in June.

Web site not fully developed when last visited.

Location: Banbury
Date: Friday 6th October 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.banburyfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Big Blues Festival - 6th Oct 2017 - Southport, Merseyside

We hope you can join us for our third annual Big Blues Festival next October, it promises to be a weekend of great music, great food, great ale and great fun as we celebrate what rock, rhythm and blues has to offer!

The line-up is as big as it is bold and presents music that is desperate to be heard, with headliners Revolutionaires and Mike Sanches & His Band, it’s a weekend you really don’t want to miss!

Location: Southport
Date: Friday 6th October 2017 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info: 01704 533 333
Website: www.theatkinson.co.uk/special-event/big-blues-festival-2017/
County: Merseyside
Country: England


Clennell Hall Music Sessions Weekend - 6th Oct 2017 - Clennell Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland

This weekend is for you if you play,
sing or like to listen.
Singarounds, Music Sessions, Singaround/Sessions
in the Bar, Reception Area or in the unique Cellar, depending upon those attending. There may also be an opportunity for an open mike.

Free camping and hardstanding.

Location: Clennell Hall, Morpeth
Date: Friday 6th October 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: 01669 650377
Website: www.glynnedavies.co.uk/clennell/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Dalbeattie Folktober Festival - 6th Oct 2017 - Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway

Now in its fourth year, this friendly festival features concerts, song and instrumental sessions, workshops and a singing competition. Featured artists are listed on the festival Web site.
Camping is available within walking distance of all events

Location: Dalbeattie
Date: Friday 6th October 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.dalbeattie-acoustic.club/folktober/
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


Derby Folk Festival - 6th Oct 2017 - Derby, Derbyshire

Concerts, workshops, sessions.

Mainly indoors, so no need to worry about the weather. On The Market Place, in the Guildhall Theatre and The Old Bell Hotel.

Location: Derby
Date: Friday 6th October 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £88
Contact for info: admin@derbyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.derbyfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


GoosFest - 6th Oct 2017 - Goostrey, Cheshire

Goosfest is a "not for profit" arts and music festival held each year in October at various venues in and round the village of Goostrey in Cheshire. The festival offers a diverse programme of events, so whether it is classical, folk, jazz or contemporary music, theatre, stand-up comedy or craft that turns you on, Goosfest has it!

Location: Goostrey
Date: Friday 6th October 2017 for 14 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: home@goosfest.com
Website: Goosfest.com
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Riverside Beer, Cider, Folk Music & Family Festival - 6th Oct 2017 - South Molton, Exmoor

In Aid of North Devon Air Amublance and Children's Hospice South West.

Location: South Molton
Date: Friday 6th October 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: relax@exmoorriverside.co.uk
Website: www.exmoorriverside.co.uk/
County: Exmoor
Country: England


Blazin' in Beauly - 8th Oct 2017 - Beauly, Invernessshire

Expect full immersion into the music, culture and craic of the Highlands of Scotland – things which Blazin’ Fiddles have been championing throughout their 15 years in the Scottish music scene.

A unique opportunity to learn from the band and their special guest tutors as well as take part in sessions, concerts, masterclasses and ceilidhs whilst establishing new connections in a stunning part of the country.
Fab for fiddle fans.

Location: Beauly
Date: Sunday 8th October 2017 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £265
Also available Day tickets too, £60; concert tickets too.
Contact for info: admin@blazininbeauly.com
Website: www.blazininbeauly.com
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Bristol Cajun and Zydeco Festival - 13th Oct 2017 - Bristol, Bristol

We like to include a few not quite folk but sort of folk festivals, like this one. Just to broaden your outlook a bit.

Site not fully updated on our last visit.

Location: Bristol
Date: Friday 13th October 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01634 932157
Website: bristolcajunfestival.com/
County: Bristol
Country: England


Edgworth Folk Festival - 13th Oct 2017 - Edgworth, Lancashire

Currently you download a word doc, rather than read a web page!

Not a lot of info, but does seem to be taking place.

Location: Edgworth
Date: Friday 13th October 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: 01257 233513
Website: www.bromleycrossfolkclub.org.uk/page49.htm
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Hartlepool Folk Festival - 13th Oct 2017 - Hartlepool, Northumberland

Please join us for a sumptuous autumn weekend full of great music, food and drink, all set in lovely Old Hartlepool. We have put together a lineup containing some of the very best artists on the UK folk scene, but which pays special tribute to the incredibly rich culture and traditions of Teesside and the wider North East. This year, we’re commemorating the 30th anniversary of the end of the Miners’ Strike with a special series of events focusing on the music, dance and cultural heritage of our colliery communities.

Location: Hartlepool
Date: Friday 13th October 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: jonny@hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk
Website: www.hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival - 13th Oct 2017 - Harwich, Essex

A mixture of free open air entertainment, concerts, music sessions, classic boats, pub sessions and singarounds during the festival weekend. Events take place throughout the old town of Harwich at several local venues.

Location: Harwich
Date: Friday 13th October 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@harwichshantyfestival.co.uk
Website: www.harwichshantyfestival.co.uk/
County: Essex
Country: England


Lewes folk Festival - 13th Oct 2017 - Lewes, East Sussex

Once again, the two Lewes folk clubs, The Royal Oak and The Lewes Saturday Folk Club are combining their efforts to promote this festival, largely based in their own clubrooms and other venues in the town.

Site not fully developed on our last visit.

Location: Lewes
Date: Friday 13th October 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: lewesfestival@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.lewesfolkfest.org/
County: East Sussex
Country: England


Lichfield Festival of Folk - 13th Oct 2017 - Lichfield, Staffordshire

L2F - The Lichfield Festival of Folk, organised by arts charity Lichfield Arts, is in its fourth year and going from strength to strength. Held in the historic centre of Lichfield and focussed on the atmospheric Guildhall it offers the very best in folk music, dance displays and workshops. A lively, friendly atmosphere for very attractive prices.

Location: Lichfield
Date: Friday 13th October 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £59
Also available Day and half day tickets from £17
Contact for info: info@lichfieldarts.org.uk
Website: www.l2f.co.uk/
County: Staffordshire
Country: England


Manchester Folk Festival - 19th Oct 2017 - Manchester, Greater Manchester

Manchester Folk Festival is a major new festival of English folk and acoustic roots music. From songs of struggle to joyful reels, from traditional to experimental, the festival will celebrate contemporary folk as it straddles genres, embraces cultures and absorbs new influences.

An urban festival. A gathering of all kinds of folk.

With craft workshops, pub sing-arounds and in-conversations with artists.

HOME is the festival hub, and nearby Gorilla, The Ritz and The International Anthony Burgess Foundation will also host gigs.

Location: Manchester
Date: Thursday 19th October 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individually priced tickets, from £23.50 - £9.00
Contact for info: hello@manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk
Website: www.manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk
County: Greater Manchester
Country: England


Ilfracombe Folk Roots and World Music - 20th Oct 2017 - Ilfracombe, EX34 8PF, Devon

With a great line-up of tops names this promises to be a great event.

Location: Ilfracombe, EX34 8PF
Date: Friday 20th October 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £145
Also available Day tickets £25
Contact for info: solidentertainments@live.co.uk
Website: ilfracombefolkfestival.co.uk
County: Devon
Country: England


Musicport Festival - 20th Oct 2017 - Whitby, Yorkshire

A world music event, many different styles. Check the line up to see if it appeals to your tastes.

Musicport was established in 2000 to promote live music and music education in Whitby and the surrounding area.

The rather magical winner of the Indoor Festival of the Year 2013 (Fatea Awards).

Location: Whitby
Date: Friday 20th October 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01947 603475
Website: www.musicportfestival.com/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


North Dorset Folk Festival - 21st Oct 2017 - Marnhull, DT101PR, Dorset

A one day event, a comfortable indoor venue with a bar, food-stalls, one stage, workshops and much, much more.

So no problems with the rain (unlike many festivals suffered from this last year!)

Site not fully updated on our last visit.

Location: Marnhull, DT101PR
Date: Saturday 21st October 2017 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@northdorsetfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.northdorsetfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Return to Camden Town Festival - 24th Oct 2017 - Camden Town, Greater London

7 days of concerts, set dancing ceilis, album launches, sessions, workshops and more Featuring: Abbey Ceilí Band, Peter Carberry and Padraig McGovern, The London Lasses and Chris O'Malley, Claire Egan, Padraig McGovern and Peter Carberry, Altan, Cran, Danny Meehan and Le Cheile, Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciaran O Maonaigh, Leitrim Equation and many more. Venues for this year's Festival include: Kings Place, London Irish Centre, The Green Note and more

Location: Camden Town
Date: Tuesday 24th October 2017 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info:
Website: www.returntocamden.org/
County: Greater London
Country: England


Sligo Live - 25th Oct 2017 - sligo, County Sliog

Sligo Live Sessions is a national festival celebrating traditional, roots and acoustic music. Now in its eightth year, it has carved out a niche as one of the most relaxed, intimate and enjoyable music festivals in Ireland. Sligo Live.

100 events, 80% free, All Indoors. Intimate Concerts.Street Markets.Over 350 artists.Dynamic pub sessions. Cafe Culture & Sligo Live Showcase.

Location: sligo
Date: Wednesday 25th October 2017 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £119
Also available Price in euros, many free events
Contact for info:
Website: sligolive.ie
County: County Sliog
Country: Ireland


Dance Around the World - 28th Oct 2017 - Cecil Sharp House, Camden Town, London

Now in it's 17th year
Two days of workshops and performances by more than fifty groups, representing over thirty different countries "all the villages of the world - and in London, a marvellous concept". Saturday evening is a Balkan dance and Latin American night, Sunday evening, International Dance.

Visitors to the event will be able to watch and try for themselves traditional dance forms from all over the world.

Location: Cecil Sharp House, Camden Town
Date: Saturday 28th October 2017 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Also available Day and evening tickets, £17 and £10
Contact for info: danceoffice@waitrose.com
Website: www.datw.org.uk
County: London
Country: England


Perth Accordion and Fiddle Festival - 28th Oct 2017 - Perth, Perthshire

A major occasion in the Scottish music calendar incorporating the official Scottish Accordion Championships for traditional music alongside fiddle competitions and a range of individual and group sections covering a variety of musical styles.

Location: Perth
Date: Saturday 28th October 2017 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01738 492949
Website: www.perthaccordionfestival.co.uk/
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


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