Beverley Folk Festival 2012

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June 2012
Beverley, East Yorkshire, England MAP
£113 with camping
daily capacity: 2500
last updated: Fri 25th May 2012

Located in the shadow of historic Beverley Minster, Beverley Folk Festival promises 3 nights & 2 days of breathtaking music, dance, comedy, spoken word, events & workshops for all, craft stalls, Real Ale, camping and more. The dates for the Beverley Folk Festival are Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June 2012.


Steeleye Span headline Friday, Peatbog Faeries top the bill on Saturday, and Joe Brown closes the festival on Sunday. Also confirmed are Elfynn, ahab, Home Service, Chumbawamba, Martin Carthy, Abigail Washburn with Kai Welch (USA), Furnace Mountain (USA), Coope Boyes & Simpson, Henry Priestman, Eduardo Niebla, Ian McMillan & Luke Carver Goss (Flipchart & Squeezebox), The Toy Hearts, The Carrivick Sisters, The Tom Townsend Blues Band, Lady Maisery, and author Peter Robinson. For the line-up details as available please click here.

Area 2 Youth Programme's draft line-up includes Kirsty Bromley, Indigo Heights, Jim M Trio, Bruno Merz, David Shevelew, King Cole, Raj Raj Raj, Simon Stephenson, Hessle Waits, Athelas, The Tea Cups, Alice Burn, Dominic Hook, Beth Chamberlain & Grace Smith, Paul Liddell, Horizontal Sunday, Sail Pattern, Mark Wynn, Darcy DeSilva, and Fran Smith.

The Mighty Doonans are also confirmed a new band developed from the Doonan Family Band who have been part of the English folk scene for many years, along with a new festival patron, BBCR2's Mike Harding.


The early bird offer has ended. weekend tickets with camping are priced at £113 for an adult weekend ticket, £100 for concessions (over 65s, and youth aged 12-17), and a family ticket is priced at £326. Tickets for children aged 11 and under are free.

A weekend ticket without camping is priced at £98, concessions £85. Day tickets and two day options are also available.

To buy tickets, click here.

The festival campsite has the added benefit of having access to the Leisure Complex facilities.


Most events take place either at the Leisure Centre or at Memorial Hall, but other venues are also used, such as Beverley Minster and the Priory. All the venues are within a ten minute walk from the campsite and the Festival Village at the Leisure Complex is a perfect place to wander about, browse through the various trade, craft and music stalls, enjoy the workshops and activities for all the family and listen to the many performances at the Wold Top marquee while enjoying a pint of the specially created Festival Brew.

For the older youngsters the Area 2 Youth programme has a full weekend of concerts and workshops, organised, run and performed by the under 25’s. With a broad range of styles from Contemporary song writers, Traditional singers and musicians, Bluegrass and Americana musicians, there is always something to please all tastes. Past musicians have included the winners and nominees in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, as well as members from a variety of leading young bands around the country. The youth concerts are supported by the “Folk Rising“ programme of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, in association with the Arts Council, England.

New for 2012

With a new venue for children 'The Den', events range from World Record Bunting Making, to Willow Weaving, Mask Making and Junk Modelling. Drama, Singing and for the first time this year an Open Mic Session are also on the menu. At the end of the day, children can put the marquee (and themselves) to bed, with Story Time, an hour of stories designed to calm down even the most lively of children for a good night’s sleep. Events for children up to the age of 11 are Free.

No vehicle policy

Motor vehicles are not allowed on the 'Festival Village' site, and the festival will be providing off-site car parking, with security, for vehicle owners.

Take the train initiative

A new initiative will mean that in future festival-goers who travel to Beverley by Northern Rail will be able to claim a 10% discount on their tickets.

The partnership forms part of the festival policy of promoting issues of sustainability and the environment. It is already developing its recycling policy and this year aims to ensure that festival food on offer is both organic and locally sourced.

In addition the festival will be given special permission for folk singers and musicians to promote the annual event by performing on key railway stations in the area in the run up to the festival weekend.

Fans travelling by Northern Rail to last year's event were able to claim their discount for this year by producing their rail ticket when they check in at the Information Desk/Box Office. They were then be given a letter and promotion code which will enable them to claim their 10% discount whenever they book tickets for 2012.

More information will be here when available.

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June 2012
Beverley, East Yorkshire, England MAP
£113 with camping
daily capacity: 2500
last updated: Fri 25th May 2012

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