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

HowtheLightGetsin/London - 22nd Sep 2018 - London, Greater London

The world’s largest philosophy and music festival is coming to London in the summer.

Obviously not a folk festival, but this festival is likely to be even more folky than previous festivals as there is going to be more of an acoustic feel this year due to the location.

They always have music and this year is no exception.

Location: London
Date: Saturday 22nd September 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £108
Contact for info:
Website: howthelightgetsin.org/london
County: Greater London
Country: England


Allen Valleys Folk Festival - 28th Sep 2018 - Allendale, Northumberland

Events are held at several locations around Allendale.

Established in 2014, celebrating the best in folk music, traditional dance and workshops.

Location: Allendale
Date: Friday 28th September 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £65
Contact for info: davidcrellin@btinternet.com
Website: allenvalleysfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Llyn Guitar Festival - 28th Sep 2018 - Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Gwynedd

Aims to offer world class acoustic music and tuition to the guitar enthusiast of any level,Whether you want a full guitar retreat experience for a few days or just to turn up for the concerts, you will be most welcome

Location: Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog
Date: Friday 28th September 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £125
Contact for info: enquiries@oriel.org.uk
Website: llynguitarfestival.org.uk
County: Gwynedd
Country: Wales


Taking place in October

Cork Folk Festival - 3rd Oct 2018 - 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: Wednesday 3rd October 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: infocorkfolk@gmail.com
Website: www.corkfolkfestival.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Glasgow Americana - 3rd Oct 2018 - Glasgow, Lanarkshire

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

Location: Glasgow
Date: Wednesday 3rd October 2018 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


Derby Folk Week - 4th Oct 2018 - Derby, Derbyshire

2018 will be the 12th year that we've held the festival right in the centre of Derby.

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: Thursday 4th October 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £90
Also available Day tickets too.
Contact for info: admin@derbyfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.derbyfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


Swanage Blues Festival - 4th Oct 2018 - Swanage, Dorset

Ther is also one in March as well!

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 4th October 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Contact for info: info@swanage-blues.org
Website: www.swanage-blues.org/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Tenterden Folk Festival - 4th Oct 2018 - 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 4th October 2018 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


Dalbeattie Folktober Festival - 5th Oct 2018 - Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway

Now in its fifth 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 5th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Various tickets available
Contact for info:
Website: www.dalbeattie-acoustic.club/folktober/
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


Edgworth Folk Festival - 5th Oct 2018 - Edgworth, Lancashire

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

Ah, now it's an image, not a word doc.

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

Location: Edgworth
Date: Friday 5th October 2018 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


Feis Na Mara - 5th Oct 2018 - 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 5th October 2018 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 - 5th Oct 2018 - Rosses Point, County Sligo

Web site currently incomplete.

Traditional singing and concerts and competitions.

Location: Rosses Point
Date: Friday 5th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: sligotradsingers.ie/frank-finn-traditional-singing-weekend/
County: County Sligo
Country: Ireland


GoosFest - 5th Oct 2018 - 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 5th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: home@goosfest.com
Website: Goosfest.com
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival - 5th Oct 2018 - 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 5th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets or FREE bits
Contact for info: info@harwichshantyfestival.co.uk
Website: www.harwichshantyfestival.co.uk/
County: Essex
Country: England


Selkirk Sessions - 5th Oct 2018 - , Borders

Music, mirth & more in this historic market town.

Location:
Date: Friday 5th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@selkirksessions.com
Website: selkirksessions.com
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


Banbury Folk & Hobby Horse Festival - 12th Oct 2018 - 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.

Web site not working when last visited.
Try this Facebook page

old site was www.banburyfolkfestival.co.uk/

Location: Banbury
Date: Friday 12th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website:
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Big Blues Festival - 12th Oct 2018 - Southport, Merseyside

We hope you can join us for our fourth 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 12th October 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info: 01704 533 333
Website: www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/big-blues-festival-2018/
County: Merseyside
Country: England


Bristol Cajun and Zydeco Festival - 12th Oct 2018 - 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 12th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01634 932157
Website: bristolcajunfestival.com/
County: Bristol
Country: England


Festival Des Panards - 12th Oct 2018 - Todmorden, Yorkshire

Welcome to the home of French and Breton traditional music and dance in West Yorkshire

Les Panard Dansants run informal monthly music and dance workshops in Hebden Bridge, and pub sessions in Leeds. We also run our autumn music and dance festival with international artists and dancers.

Location: Todmorden
Date: Friday 12th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: frenchdanceleeds.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Festival des Panards - 12th Oct 2018 - Todmorden, Yorkshire

Something different...

French music and dance festival in Yorkshire.

Location: Todmorden
Date: Friday 12th October 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: frenchdanceleeds.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Lewes folk Festival - 12th Oct 2018 - 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 12th October 2018 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


Blazin' in Beauly - 15th Oct 2018 - 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.

Sessions and tutors.

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: Monday 15th October 2018 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £275
Also available Day tickets £60, Concerts £40
Contact for info: admin@blazininbeauly.com
Website: blazininbeauly.com
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


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


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