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 happening from Friday 26th until Monday 29th August 2016.
Rosanne Cash, Levellers, Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band, Tom Robinson, Raghu Dixit, Dervish & guests, Show of Hands, Treacherous Orchestra, John McCusker Band, Andy Irvine, folk reggae group Edward II, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson, Shooglenifty, Sheelanagig, The Urban Folk Quartet, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, Karen Matheson, Nick Lowe with Paul Carrack & Andy Fairweather Low, John Jones, Lady Maisery, Ian Anderson & Maggie Holland, The Wilsons, Blackie and Stephen Fearing, Kefaya, Snow in June, Hot Vultures, Roaring Trowmen, Stephen Fearing, The Wilsons, Two Blank Pages, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra, Galleon Blast, The Boondock Hippy, Amadou Diagne & Modou Cissokho, Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow, Dila V and The Oddbeats, Medicine Creek, Gnawa, Roaring Trowmen, Andy May Trio, Richard Shindell, Barnstar!, and Ten Strings and a Goatskin.
Further names will be revealed throughout the run up to the festival.
The festival has five music venues, a dance tent, runs more than 100 workshops, a popular children's festival, a dedicated youth programme for 12 to 17-year-olds, onsite camping, a craft fair and food village.
Tickets are priced at £150 for a full weekend ticket. A youth ticket (aged 12 to 17 years) is priced at £90. A child (aged 5-11 years) ticket is priced at £45. 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.
Day tickets are also available.
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.
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.
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, and opportunities to 'Meet the Artist'. There are also many events expected to take place in the town of Shrewsbury itself.
Camping is all on-site allowing festival goers access to all venues and activities.
Dogs are very welcome at the festival but are not allowed in venues unless they are assistance dogs.
Every year, it supports its charity partner Hope House Hospice to fund its music therapy sessions for children with life limiting illnesses at the Morda based centre.
Shrewsbury Folk Festival has revealed plans for a £150,000 project that will include bringing world dance and music to Shropshire schools. The festival will develop and run a two-year programme of activities for musicians, dancers, schoolchildren and communities across Shropshire under the umbrella of its new All Together Now initiative.
More information will be here when available.
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