Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2009

Friday 28th to Monday 31st August 2009
West Midlands Showground, (The Agricultural Showground) Berwick Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 2PF, SY1 2PF, England MAP
early bird season ticket £80. Full day tickets available. Kids half price. Camping £10 extra.
last updated: Wed 28th Jan 2009

The Shrewsbury Folk Festival was formerly known as the Bridgnorth Folk Festival, and is a four day event blending a tradition of folk music and dance and offers musical and cultural diversity in a family friendly format with something for everyone, and a chance to discover new artists from the UK and around the world.

The artists confirmed for the festival so far include Proclaimers, Eric Bibb, The Dhol Foundation, Seth Lakeman, Show of Hands, Hoven Droven, Chris Smither, Ollabelle, The Chair, Spooky Men's Chorale, Patrick Street, Chris Wood, Megson, Duncan McFarlane Band, Lau, Karine Polwart, Emily Smith, Breabach, The Dust Poets, Jez Lowe, Krista Detor, Mark Erelli, Corinne West, Rachael McShane, Kimber's Men, The Wilson Family, and Fran McGillivray & Mike Burke. With more artists still to be announced. For the line-up details, and day splits as available please click For the line-up details as available please click here.

Performances take place in the Main Stage Marquee, Dance Marquee (featuring The Old Swan Band, Asha, All Blacked Up, and Steamchicken), and in the Sabrina Marquee (for open mic sessions and singarounds). There are also dedicated Youth and Children's programmes running throughout the weekend.

For 2009 the festival is expected to remain at its new location across the river, at the West Midlands Showground. This venue is flat, has tarmac roadways throughout and there is ample free parking. There are also flushing toilets and showers, and buildings for workshops and sessions plus improved access for those with disabilities.

Other additions to the festival will be an on-site shop, a shuttle bus service into Shrewsbury town centre, seated marquees, and an increased capacity. There will still be a bar selling real ales and caterers selling a wide variety of food but it is worth noting that ticketing policy.

Early bird tickets (bought before Wednesday 1st Arpil) are are priced at £80 for a full weekend ticket, a family ticket (2 adults & 2 youths 11-17 years) is priced at £216.50. (Youth 11-17 years) tickets are £40. Tickets for children under 11 years are free. Day tickets will also be available. To buy tickets, click here.

As well as two fully-seated stages, expect there to also be an Open Mic marquee, ceilidhs, a dance display area, children's and youth's events, singarounds, workshops, camping, and opportunities to 'Meet the Artist'. There are also many events expected to take place in the town of Shrewsbury itself.

Dogs are very welcome at the festival but in a change from previous years they are not allowed in venues unless they are assistance dogs.

More information will be here when available.

Friday 28th to Monday 31st August 2009
West Midlands Showground, (The Agricultural Showground) Berwick Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 2PF, SY1 2PF, England MAP
early bird season ticket £80. Full day tickets available. Kids half price. Camping £10 extra.
last updated: Wed 28th Jan 2009


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