Loudon Wainwright III, Eric Bibb, Jon Boden, The Unthanks, Oysterband, The Young'Uns, Le Vent du Nord, and Seth Lakeman lead the first acts announced for Shrewsbury Folk Festival held over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
The line-up also includes Andy Fairweather Low & the Low Riders featuring the Hi Riders Special Soul Review, Jim Moray's Upcetera Ensemble, Sarah Jarosz, John Kirkpatrick, Skipinnish, Sam Carter, Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, The Wilsons, National Youth Folk Ensemble, The East Pointers, Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys, Coven (Lady Maisery, O'Hooley & Tidow, and Grace Petrie), Mick Ryan & Paul Downes, The Fitzgeralds, Daphne's Flight, Chris While and Julie Matthews, Maz O'Connor, Alma, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Greg Russell, Ragged Union, Moirai, Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith, Jamie Huddlestone, na-mara, Wood, Wire and Words, and Roaring Trowmen.
The event will also host the only 2017 festival appearance of Peter Bellamy’s groundbreaking folk opera The Transports – A Tale of Exile and Migration, featuring The Young'uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Matthew Crampton, Greg Russell and Rachael McShane.
Next year’s festival marks 20 years since it began in Bridgnorth in 1997 and it will be the 21st event organised by directors Alan and Sandra Surtees.
Festival Director Alan Surtees said, "We are very excited to have secured some great musicians for 2017 at this very early stage and are in detailed negotiations with many others that we will confirm as planning progresses. 2016 was a vintage year but with an already strong line up and our ongoing commitment to extremely high production values, we’re pretty sure that 2017 will top it!"
The festival has four music stages, a dance tent, more than 100 workshops, children and youth programmes, onsite camping, a craft fair, real ale, wine and cocktail bars, and a food village, and takes place from Friday 25th until Monday 28th August 2017 at the West Mid Showground in Berwick Rd, Shrewsbury.
Adult weekend ticket prices have been held at 2016 rates. Adult weekend concession tickets are also now tiered. The festival operates a tiered system with four different price levels so people who book early, including those who are eligible for concession tickets, get the best deal. There are also day tickets on sale.
Early bird tickets are priced at £125 for a full weekend ticket. A concessions ticket is priced at £120. A youth ticket (aged 12 to 17 years) is priced at £75. A child (aged 5-11 years) ticket is priced at £35. Children aged four and under go free. On-site camping is available to all weekend ticket holders with prices held at £25 per adult, or £10 for youths, free for those aged under 12.
In a change to previous years, the site will open from 7am on Friday August 25 for people with camping tickets.
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