The Shrewsbury Folk Festival 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 happening from Friday 22nd until Sunday 24th August 2014.
Canadian band Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman, The Dhol Foundation, Lau, Steve Knightley, The Full English (featuring Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Fay Hield, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls), Four Men and a Dog, Karine Polwart, Martin Simpson, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Andy Cutting, Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock, Moulettes, the Steve Tilston trio, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Bella Hardy, Megson, the Duncan McFarlane Band, The Wilsons, The Young'Uns, Molotov Jukebox, Sunjay Brayne, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, Steve Turner, The Harvesters, Carole Palmer & Maria Barham, Sue Brown & Lorraine Irwing, Cupola, Take Two, Cara Luft, J P Hoe, and Matt Gordon and Leonard Podolak.
The festival has four music stages, a dance tent, dozens of workshops, a popular children's festival, a dedicated youth programme for 12 to 17-year-olds, onsite camping, a craft fair and food village.
Early bird tickets have sold out. Tickets were priced a£135 for a full weekend ticket, and are have also SOLD OUT. Day tickets have also sold out and started at £32.50 for adults. A youth (aged 12-17 years) weekend ticket was priced at £83. A child (aged 5-11 years) weekend ticket was priced at £35.50. Children aged four and under go free. On-site camping is available to all weekend ticket holders with prices held at £20 per adult, free for those aged under 18.
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 include 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.
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, and opportunities to 'Meet the Artist'. There are also many events expected to take place in the town of Shrewsbury itself.
There will be a new venue at this year’s event – a ‘Peace Tent’ to commemorate 100 years since the start of the first World War. The Peace Tent will be a touring venue that marks the centenary of the Great War and celebrates peace and reconciliation through music, dance, drama, poetry and film. The marquee, which seats up to 250 people, will be sited near to the riverside on the festival site at the West Mid Showground in Berwick Road during the four-day event over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Camping is all on-site allowing festival goers access to all venues and activities.
Dogs are very welcome at the festival but are not allowed in venues unless they are assistance dogs.
Every year, it supports its charity partner Hope House Hospice to fund its music therapy sessions for children with life limiting illnesses and has so far helped raise more than £26,000 for the Morda based centre.
More information will be here when available.
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