The Warwick Folk Festival is set to make a triumphant return this summer – and all to a new venue. The popular event has not been staged since 2019, when it was held at Warwick Racecourse due to the pandemic.
This year’s edition will take place from July 21 to 24 in the castle park. The new location, next to Warwick Castle, means all the main sites and camping are on one site. Headliners include festival patron and internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Will Pound, Mercury Prize-nominated singer Seth Lakeman and Nancy Kerr, Folk Singer of the Year at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Festival director Dick Dixon said: “We look forward to our 42nd festival, especially in such a beautiful location overlooking the banks of the Avon. From the comments, we know that our festival-goers are looking forward to a fantastic weekend of superb music, camping, workshops, singing, dancing, sessions and laughter at what is one of the friendliest and most established folk festivals around.
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“Whether you are a seasoned regular or a newcomer, we look forward to seeing you again this summer!
Young visitors can enjoy acts such as Boundless Brothers, Dom Prag, Janice Burns & Jon Doran, Katie Spencer, The Canny Band and Zach Johnson. There will also be a full program of activities for 12-18 year olds from festival favorites Panic Circus, puppets with Hand to Mouth Theater and comedian Wolly the Clown.
In addition to the ventilated main marquee, there will be a Ceilidh tent and a smaller outdoor stage offering a full program of concerts, singing, dancing, intimate acoustic performances and full concerts. Away from the music, The Fleece Inn in Bretforton will offer around 36 beers, including many from local Church End, Church Farm and Purity brewers, as well as a range of ciders.
The food court will continue to offer dishes from around the world. from breakfasts to snacks and full evening meals. Partygoers can soak up the atmosphere, sit in a beer tent, take part in the sessions, learn a new trade, sample street food or simply relax with friends in the wine and cocktail bar.
Organizers say the craft fair will be even more varied with many “exciting new traders”. In the city center there will be a huge range of colorful dance performances, pub music sessions and outdoor concerts. A free and regular shuttle will be set up to take site visitors to the city.
Tickets have been held at 2019 prices and there is no booking fee. Early bird tickets are on sale until April 30. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk
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