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 October

Manchester Folk Festival - 18th Oct 2018 - Manchester, Lancashire

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 18th October 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: hello@manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk
Website: www.manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Bude Folk Roots and World Music - 19th Oct 2018 - Bude, Devon

Back for the third time with a name and location change - no longer at Ilfracombe, but 17 miles down the road at Bude

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

Location: Bude
Date: Friday 19th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £145
Contact for info: solidentertainments@live.co.uk
Website: ilfracombefolkfestival.co.uk
County: Devon
Country: England


Hartlepool Folk Festival - 19th Oct 2018 - 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 19th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Contact for info: jonny@hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk
Website: www.hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Lichfield Festival of Folk - 19th Oct 2018 - Lichfield, Staffordshire

L2F - The Lichfield Festival of Folk, organised by arts charity Lichfield Arts, is in its sixth 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 19th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info: info@lichfieldarts.org.uk
Website: www.l2f.co.uk/
County: Staffordshire
Country: England


Musicport Festival - 19th Oct 2018 - 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 19th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01947 603475
Website: www.musicportfestival.com/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Return to Camden Town Festival - 24th Oct 2018 - 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: Wednesday 24th October 2018 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 - 24th Oct 2018 - Sligo, County Sligo

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 24th October 2018 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £119
Also available Price in euros, many free events
Contact for info:
Website: sligolive.ie
County: County Sligo
Country: Ireland


Dance Around the World - 27th Oct 2018 - Cecil Sharp House, Camden Town, London

Now in it's 18th 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 27th October 2018 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 - 27th Oct 2018 - Perth, Perthshire

The 69th Event!

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 27th October 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01738 492949
Website: www.perthaccordionfestival.co.uk/
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


BunkFest - 31st Oct 2018 - Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Music, dance, steam and beer. Over 60 acts.

Says it all, really.

Over the years, many tens of thousands of people have enjoyed the unique community atmosphere which the festival generates, the sense of magic, fun, otherness and togetherness which never fails to amuse and amaze its followers. Long may it continue!

Location: Wallingford
Date: Wednesday 31st October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: info@bunkfest.co.uk
Website: www.bunkfest.co.uk/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Taking place in November

Denholm Folk Festival - 1st Nov 2018 - Denholm, Borders

Festival in a small Scottish town. And usually at a very reasonable price for a four day event too.

Now in its 15th year.

Location: Denholm
Date: Thursday 1st November 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Some free events, some ticketted
Contact for info: denfolkfesttickets@hotmail.com
Website: www.denholmfolkfest.co.uk/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


Lowender Peran Celtic Music & Dance - 1st Nov 2018 - Newquay, Cornwall

Cornwall's Internatioanl Celtic Festival.
Newquay has a rich cultural heritage, and is a natural fit for a festival celebrating Cornish culture and its Celtic connections.

Celebrating Cornwall's distinctive heritage of traditional music, dance, songs, story telling and our links with Brittany, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales.

Lowender Peran is a registered Charity set up to encourage recognition of Cornwall`s heritage and Celtic links as a vibrant, living tradition that people of all ages and backgrounds can participate in and enjoy. To recognise and value your own and roots and identity is an essential first step in recognising valuing and respecting other peoples.

Location: Newquay
Date: Thursday 1st November 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Often free events, day and concert tickets too
Contact for info: 01872 553413 / info@lowenderperan.co.uk
Website: www.lowenderperan.co.uk/
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Fatea Festival - 2nd Nov 2018 - Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth, Dorset

Fatea’s 30th Birthday Bash is a not for profit event run by volunteers. Every ticket sale or merchandise purchase will be directly contributing to the artists’s fees and running costs of the festival, and to the wider objectives of Fatea’s 30th anniversary activities and general support of the music scene.

About 20 different acts, acoustic with a strong folk bias.

Two stages of live music, open mic, workshops and sessions.

Location: Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth
Date: Friday 2nd November 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £45
Also available Day tickets - £12 and £35
Contact for info:
Website: fateafestival.co.uk/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Ennis Trad Fest - 8th Nov 2018 - Ennis, County Clare

Master classes, sessions, lots of music.
Website incomplete when last visited.

Location: Ennis
Date: Thursday 8th November 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.ennistradfest.com/
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


The Big Acoustic Walk - 10th Nov 2018 - Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig, Conwy

A small group go walking and then make music. Not realy a festival but wil suit some people.

A fantastic walking weekend with a musical difference. Two days of guided walks, good food and excellent company plus an open mic acoustic music night. Bring along your Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele or if you're not a performer just your best listening ears and enjoy a relaxed weekend of walking and foot tapping entertainment. Places include 2 days guided walks, an acoustic music evening, accommodation and meals.
Takes place in May and in November (see their availability tab).

Location: Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig
Date: Saturday 10th November 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £141
Contact for info: info@pyb.co.uk
Website: www.pyb.co.uk/courses-detail.php?coursecode=WEB60
County: Conwy
Country: Wales


Scots Fiddle Festival - 16th Nov 2018 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

The Scots Fiddle Festival, sustaining and promoting traditional fiddle music.

Concerts, recitals, workshops, talks, festival club, ceilidhs, open stage, sessions, stalls, free events and lots more

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 16th November 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@scotsfiddlefestival.com
Website: www.scotsfiddlefestival.com
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


Tenby Blues Festival - 16th Nov 2018 - Tenby, Pembrokeshire

The Tenby Blues Festival has grown rapidly and is now firmly established as one of the major events in the UK Blues calendar. This intimate and friendly festival has built its reputation on the strength of its line up that just gets better by the year.

This year is the event's 13th birthday - a teenager now.

Location: Tenby
Date: Friday 16th November 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@tenbyblues.co.uk
Website: www.tenbyblues.co.uk/
County: Pembrokeshire
Country: Wales


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