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 February

The Gathering Traditional Festival - 21st Feb 2018 - Killarney, County Kerry

Now in its 19th year, The Gathering Traditional Festival is one of most loved festivals amongst traditional enthusiasts and is ideal for everyone from the hard core fans to the culturally curious. From fireside seisiúns to heart-pounding céilís,

The Gathering features concerts, céilís, sessions and storytelling as well as set dancing, singing and instrument masterclasses

Location: Killarney
Date: Wednesday 21st February 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Variety of individual event and day tickets
Contact for info: info@thegathering.ie
Website: www.thegathering.ie
County: County Kerry
Country: Ireland


Russell Festival Weekend - 22nd Feb 2018 - Doolin, County Clare

The Russell Memorial Weekend is a traditional festival held in Doolin on the the last full weekend in February each year. The festival began in 1995 as a remembrance ceremony to Micho Russell, the world-famous traditional musician, who died in 1994.
Concerts, workshops, sessions

Location: Doolin
Date: Thursday 22nd February 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@michorussellweekend.ie
Website: www.michorussellweekend.ie
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival - 23rd Feb 2018 - Sheffield, Yorkshire

The country's longest continually running folk festival. We warmly welcome folkies from around the globe and we really hope you'll be there too! The Festival is particularly aimed at students, but it is open to everyone. Whatever style you go for, you're bound to find like-minded people waiting to meet you. Over the years we've enjoyed a wide range of dances and ceilidhs including Scottish Country, Highland, Morris, Rapper Sword, Irish, and Playford and many, many, more.

Location: Sheffield
Date: Friday 23rd February 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA - often available to non-students
Contact for info: sheffield2018@ivfdf.ceilidhsoc.org
Website: ivfdf-2018.ceilidhsoc.org
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Chester February Folk Day - 24th Feb 2018 - Chester, CH2 3AU, Cheshire

One day event, by the same group that organise the larger Chester Festival

Concert, ceilidh, sessions, all the usual stuff.

Warming up the bands.

Location: Chester, CH2 3AU
Date: Saturday 24th February 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@chesterfolk.org.uk
Website: chesterfolk.org.uk/folkday.html
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Inverness Music Festival - 24th Feb 2018 - Inverness, Invernessshire

Inverness Music Festival is a competitive music festival open to all ages and abilities. Performers are adjudicated on their performance.

Location: Inverness
Date: Saturday 24th February 2018 for 12 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: invernessmusicfestival.org
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


The Big Burfest - 24th Feb 2018 - Bursledon, SO31 8BZ, Hampshire

All the performers at the Bursfest have kindley donated their perfomance free of charge in support of The Village Hall centinary fund . Half of the profits and donations on the day will go directly to this fund. This will help the Trustees to ensure the continued enjoyment and improvement of the hall into the next century. The other half of the profits will go to our nominated charity. Which this year is Shine.

Location: Bursledon, SO31 8BZ
Date: Saturday 24th February 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Also available Family Ticket £18
Contact for info: may185@btinternet.com
Website: www.thebigbursfest.btck.co.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Taking place in March

Swanage Blues Festival - 1st Mar 2018 - 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 1st March 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Contact for info: info@swanage-blues.org
Website: www.swanage-blues.org/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Manchester Irish Festival - 2nd Mar 2018 - Manchester, Lancashire

Manchester will once again be staging Europe's biggest Irish Festival.

Over 100 venues! Claims to attract over 200,000 visitors - so it's popular.

Live Irish music, dance events, plus club and pub events. Europe's biggest Irish Festival over 17 days.

You have to right click on the web address and choose open in new tab to vivist this site. Don't know why they force this to be done.

Location: Manchester
Date: Friday 2nd March 2018 for 17 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@manchesteririshfestival.co.uk
Website: www.manchesteririshfestival.co.uk/
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Feile an Phobail - 12th Mar 2018 - Belfast, County Antrim

Ireland's Biggest Community Festival.
Music, Comedy, Talks, Tours, Theatre, Debate, Family, Community and more.

Quite a variety of events, some of which will be popular with folk fans. You'll have to check the program to find them

Location: Belfast
Date: Monday 12th March 2018 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@feilebelfast.com
Website: feilebelfast.com/
County: County Antrim
Country: Ireland


Lochwinnoch Arts Festival - 14th Mar 2018 - Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire

The 17th annual Festival of Music, Drama, Literature, Creative & Visual Arts in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire.

Not a folk festival, it's a festival of Music, Drama, Literature, Creative and Visual Arts. But it includes Celtic instrument workshops and Scottish singers. So some of you may be interested.

Location: Lochwinnoch
Date: Wednesday 14th March 2018 for 12 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: 07868 752814
Website: lochwinnochartsfestival.co.uk/
County: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland


Kilkenny Tradfest - 15th Mar 2018 - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Folk and traditional music.

Site not fully updated on our last visit

Location: Kilkenny
Date: Thursday 15th March 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@kilkennytradfest.com
Website: kilkennytradfest.com/
County: County Kilkenny
Country: Ireland


Yorkshire Cajun & Zydeco - 15th Mar 2018 - Malton, Yorkshire

The Festival is fast establishing itself in the calendar for enthusiasts from all over Britain and Europe.

We all know Yorkshire and Cajun go together like, em..., well, music.

Go on, have some fun.

Location: Malton
Date: Thursday 15th March 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: yorkshirecajun@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.yorkshirecajun.com/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Niel Gow Festival - 16th Mar 2018 - Dunkeld & Birnam, Perthshire

Annual Scottish fiddle festival.

A fun-filled weekend of fiddle music and good craic, this very informal festival kicks off on the Friday night, and celebrates the life of Perthshire's fiddle legend.

Location: Dunkeld & Birnam
Date: Friday 16th March 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: nielgow@thetaybank.com
Website: www.niel-gow.co.uk
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Bowness Bay Blues - 23rd Mar 2018 - Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

A stunning line-up of brilliant blues musicians in the heart of the Lake District, on the eastern shore of Lake Windermere.
PLUS a free fringe event!

'a flagship for the very best of British blues' www.bluesinthenorthwest.com

'a thoroughly great weekend' North West Evening Mail

Raises money for charity.

Location: Bowness-on-Windermere
Date: Friday 23rd March 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Also available Day tickets £20, £35, £25,
Contact for info: info@bownessbayblues.co.uk
Website: www.bownessbayblues.co.uk/
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Hawick Reivers Festival - 23rd Mar 2018 - Hawick, Borders

Hawick steps back in time to the 16th century and through drama, song, poetry and re-enactments invites visitors and towns-people alike to experience life in this turbulent, often violent, but very colourful period in our history.

A full programme of activities is planned many of which are free and include demonstrations of falconry, archery and horsemanship, a look at craftsmen of the times and dramatic re-enactments. There are also concerts, guided walks, historical lectures and many other activities.

Location: Hawick
Date: Friday 23rd March 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly individual event tickets
Contact for info: Info@hawickreivers.com
Website: www.hawickreivers.com/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


Ceardlann Earraigh - 24th Mar 2018 - Celbridge, County Kildare

Workshops in music and song come no better than at 'Ceardlann Earraigh', Celbridge, Co. Kildare, in this its twenty first consecutive year. Established by the Kildare County Board of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann.

Location: Celbridge
Date: Saturday 24th March 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Workshops 25 euro, concert 15euro
Contact for info:
Website: www.ceardlannearraigh.com
County: County Kildare
Country: Ireland


Poppy Folk Day - 25th Mar 2018 - West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire

A one day event at a very reasonable price.

Starts in the morning with a free singaround/session for anyone who fancies coming along. Then it has two separate afternoon concerts, followed by a session in the bar, then the evening concert.

Location: West Bridgford
Date: Sunday 25th March 2018 for day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: phil@poppyfolkclub.co.uk
Website: www.poppyfolkclub.co.uk/Poppy_Folk_Day_2018.html
County: Nottinghamshire
Country: England


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