Beverley Folk Festival - CANCELLED 2018

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June 2018
Beverley Racecourse, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 8QZ, England MAP
currently £110 weekend tickets, £130 with camping
daily capacity: 2500
last updated: Mon 23rd Apr 2018

This festival has been cancelled. A statement issued by the festival is below:-


It is with immense sadness and regret that we have to announce that this year’s festival cannot go ahead.

Beverley Folk Festival is a non-profit-making organisation, run by a dedicated team of volunteers. Unfortunately we have recently discovered that we have lost our primary source of funding so we simply do not have the money to pay for either the infrastructure or the performers.

We know that there will be a lot of people who are as disappointed as we are but we hope you will understand that, under the circumstances in which we find ourselves, it is not possible to run the event.

Unfortunately the company is unable to refund those people who have bought tickets in advance of the festival.

The directors, who are also volunteers, have taken the steps to place the company into a creditors’ voluntary liquidation as the company is insolvent. The directors have instructed a firm of licensed insolvency practitioners to assist them with this process and if you are owed money or have bought a ticket in advance then they will be in touch with you shortly.

If you have made a deposit for or paid for goods or services by credit or debit card and the goods or services are not going to be received by the due date, you may be able to get your money back by claiming a refund from your card issuer. Please contact your card issuer as soon as you can if this may apply to you. Further information including on time limits that apply is available from the UK Cards Association Credit and Debit Cards: A consumer guide

The directors would like to thank all those who have supported Beverley Folk Festival over the years, especially the sponsors, funders, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Beverley Town Council and the hundreds of wonderful volunteers and artists.

In addition, whilst thanking the thousands of loyal festival-goers who have made the event a joy, the directors also offer their deepest and most sincere apologies to all those who are owed money by the company. 

This has been an incredibly difficult and heart-breaking decision for all involved.  However, the directors acknowledge that for almost 35 years Beverley Folk Festival has brought something special to the town, which was loved and enjoyed by so many people from far and wide.

Please note that the company has ceased to trade with immediate effect and any voicemail / messages will not be read or dealt with. 

Our corporate recovery licensed insolvency practitioners:  Redman Nichols Butler, The Chapel, Bridge Street, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 5DA Tel: 01377 257788 


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, Sunday headline Turin Brakes, plus Charlie Dore with Julian Littman; Megson; Calan; Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar; The Lucy Ward Band; Habadekuk, Elephant Sessions, 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 £130 for the weekend with camping or £110 for the weekend without camping.
Separate 'concert tickets' for (just) the evening headline shows (Gretchen Peters/Demon Barbers/Turnin Brakes) are also available for £25, £20, & £22.50 respectively.
Day & half-day tickets are also available.

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.

Shuttle bus

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.

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June 2018
Beverley Racecourse, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 8QZ, England MAP
currently £110 weekend tickets, £130 with camping
daily capacity: 2500
last updated: Mon 23rd Apr 2018

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