A POPULAR folk festival returns to Weymouth later this year.
The Wessex Folk Festival returns the first weekend of June with a packed program of events.
This year the free event has changed slightly as it falls on a bank holiday weekend marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which means Friday night there will be sessions in various pubs, dancing around the town on Saturday on various sites and on Sunday there will be musical events at South Harbor.
It was thanks to the financial support of Weymouth BID, trading as We Are Weymouth, that the event was made possible following the award of a grant.
Dawn Rondeau, Operations Manager of We Are Weymouth, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to support the Folk Festival this year as it returns to the city post Covid.
“The South Harbor is a vibrant business community within Weymouth and encouraging footfall to this part of town during these festivities is great news for all who are there.”
With plans underway for the Wessex Folk Festival, which will take place from Friday June 3 to Sunday June 5, it has been announced that the six-piece collective Wight Hot Pipes will bring their music to the stage on Sunday in Hope Square , with more artists expected to be announced soon.
A spokesperson for the event said: “With a reputation for energizing audiences, the six-piece band from the Isle of Wight use bagpipes to fuse music from all genres, from Celtic to dance and folk. rock, and claims to have taken piping to the next level.’.
“The 2022 Festival will break away from the traditional format to tie in with this year’s Jubilee Bank Holiday celebrations.
“The publicity sessions and workshops will begin on Friday evening and will continue throughout the weekend.
“Morris dancers will be at venues around town on Saturday and at the quayside on Sunday.”
A stage in Hope Square will also host musical performances throughout Sunday, followed by an outdoor ceilidh in the square so everyone can end the weekend with a dance.
Full details can be found on the Wessex Folk Festival website.