Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2011

Friday 26th to Monday 29th August 2011
West Midlands Showground, (The Agricultural Showground) Berwick Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 2PF, SY1 2PF, England MAP
£113 a season ticket - SOLD OUT
Last updated: Wed 11th May 2011

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.

In 2011 the festival takes place from Friday 26th until Monday 29th August.


The Oysterband, Show of Hands, Bellowhead, The Imagined Village, Cara Dillon, Chris Wood & Andy Cutting The Demon Barber Roadshow, Martyn Joseph, Breabach, Sweetback Sisters, 17 Hippies, Kepa Junkera Band, John Jones, Cecil Sharp Project, Jim Moray, Vulgar Tongue featuring Sean Lakeman, Kathryn Roberts, Jackie Oates and Ben Nicholls, Caroline Herring, Lucy Ward, Calan, Polkaworks, Hekety, Mr Gubbins' Bicycle, Johnny Dickinson, Uiscedwr, Sam Carter, Badanna, and Spiers & Boden who will also be performing a ceilidh.

There will also be a performance of the Cecil Sharp Project, a special commission by the festival and EFDSS (English Folk Dance and Song Society) to commemorate the man behind the modern resurgence of folk music. Artists involved include Steve Knightley from Show of Hands, Jackie Oates, Andy Cutting, Jim Moray, Leonard Podolak of The Duhks, Caroline Herring, Kathryn Roberts, and Patsy Reid from Breabach. Plus Canada's The Turtle Duhks, and dancers Footworks as a Shrewsbury exclusive.

For the line-up details as available please click here.

Organisers have pledged to keep the festival at the same size as 2010 and have announced key changes to the second music marquee that will make it larger with a better layout and to the dance tent, which will have a new style of dance floor.

Performances take place in the Main Stage Marquee, Dance Marquee, and in the Sabrina Marquee (for open mic sessions and singarounds). There are also dedicated Youth and Children's programmes running throughout the weekend.

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.


The festival features five music venues, a dance tent, dozens of workshops, a children's festival, Refolkus a dedicated youth programme for 12 to 25 -year-olds, on-site camping, a craft fair and food village.

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.


Early bird tickets are no longer available. Tcikets have SOLD OUT. Tickets were priced at £113 for a full weekend ticket, a family ticket (2 adults & 2 youths 12-17 years) was priced at £326. (Youth 12-17 years) tickets were £68. Concession tickets were priced at £93. Tickets for children (aged 5 - 11 years) were priced at £12, with those aged 4 years or under able to attend for free. A camping ticket was priced at £18 (per adult). Day tickets were also be available.

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, camping, and opportunities to 'Meet the Artist'. There are also many events expected to take place in the town of Shrewsbury itself.


Dogs are very welcome at the festival but in a change from previous years they are not allowed in venues unless they are assistance dogs.

More information will be here when available.

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