Located in the shadow of historic Beverley Minster, Beverley Folk Festival promises 3 nights & 2 days of music, dance, comedy, spoken word, events & workshops for all, craft stalls, Real Ale, camping and more.
The dates for the 35th Beverley Folk Festival are from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June 2018 returning again to Beverley Racecourse.
Confirmed acts so far include Friday headline act Gretchen Peters, plus Charlie Dore with Julian Littman; Megson; Calan; Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar; The Lucy Ward Band; Habadekuk, and more, with many more still to be announced.
For all of the acts announced so far please see the line-up page.
Also, the Alterego Ceilidh Band will be doing a late night ceilidh as well as playing a stage slot.
Expect over 80 acts in total.
Tickets are on sale, currently priced at £120 for the weekend with camping or £100 for the weekend without camping.
Gretchen Peters will be part of the weekend ticket. A separate 'concert ticket' for (just) Gretchen Peter's is also available for £25.
The Beverley Folk Festival has two important youth arms:
the ‘Westwood Sessions’ and the acclaimed ‘Area 2’.
Nikki Airey, a young musician in her own right, works hard to coordinate and organise the ‘Westwood Sessions’ for those aged 11 to 25. The object is to give young talent a stage to perform on and a group of friends to foster, care and develop their performance skills. In Nikki’’s own words “By working together and supporting each other we build a team spirit and help giving each other confidence. Getting up to perform is a difficult thing but with the support of friends anything is possible”. The ‘Westwood Sessions’ will be there in force in June running open mike sessions and they will be offering a CD recording facility, for only £5 artists can book a slot and cut their own CD!
Area 2 is organised by professional musician and East Yorkshire lad Sam Pirt. Sam has a deep love of music and performance and has a keen interest in developing young musicians to the next level. Drawing not only from the local area but also nationwide ‘Area 2’ will give some great young talent the opportunity to perform on a festival stage. Sam commented, “As a touring musician I see and hear a lot of young talent around the country. The ‘Area 2 ‘ stage in Beverley gives me the opportunity to showcase exciting and innovative musicians. These musicians really are the voice, sound, and future of live music, innovative, creative and above all talented. It is a privilege to help them and to work with them”.
Theatre & comedy
Weekend ticket holders are admitted to these events anyway but in addition individual tickets can be purchased to see these events, even if you wish to not attend the full festival.
Beverley Folk Festival is not just all about music. Words on the Westwood will include creative writing workshops, the Spoken Word, talks and readings.
Beverley Folk Festival promises 3 nights & 2 days of music, dance, comedy, spoken word, events & workshops for all:
The Festival Village Green: Here you will find open-air music and dance performances, a range of quality food providers and a an array of information and craft stalls.
Main Stage Marquee: With a capacity of 1,500, this marquee hosts not only the festival’s main headliners, but also stages a variety of performers throughout the weekend.
Concert Marquee: Showcasing some of the freshest young talent, old favourites and a truly eclectic mix to suit all tastes. Due to popular demand of this venue, the Concert Marquee will be bigger this year.
Wold Top Marquee: An intimate venue, popular and not just because of the local real ales available! At different times of the day you will find: The Moonbeams Sessions, showcasing the best local talent; The Area2 Youth Programme, where you can witness some of the brightest new performers - see tomorrow’s stars today!; Each night from 11pm to 2am, the marquee heaves with talent, from those fresh to the industry to big names performing surprise sets, in the Late Night Festival Club.
The Racecourse Rooms: Each function room and bar takes on an identity of its own, ranging from open mic music sessions, CD and instrument stalls, the film club, youth performances, comedy, drama, literature and more.
Children’s Marquee: Running a range of free activities for those under 12 years of age, including arts, crafts, music and storytelling, this venue ensures the festival is a truly family friendly event.
Festival Fringe: Several local pubs schedule their own entertainment throughout the weekend to complement the official festival – thanks to our specially chartered shuttle bus, you are only minutes away from the fringe, yet still able to enjoy everything at the main venue.
To provide easy accessibility for everyone, the festival is laying on a shuttle bus service between the racecourse and the town, where it will drop off at the popular spots hosting the regular festival sessions.
More information will be here when available.
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