When this news gets out, there will undoubtedly be an air of excitement in and around Bristol

We are delighted to announce, that Bristol Folk Festival will be reaffirming its place in the UK festival calendar, when it returns to the city over the May Bank Holiday, on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May this year!

With a move to two different indoor venues – St Georges Bristol and Bristol Folk House – both well known and respected neighbours in Bristol, festival goers are guaranteed a “rain free” event that will feature the cream of British Folk artists!

Some of the hottest names in the business will be stepping on the stages, including the legendary British musicians Fairport Convention, who will be headlining on the St Georges Stage on Sunday night.  Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention remain one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene.  The band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s ground-breaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’!

As mighty as Fairport, Spiers & Boden, a multi award-winning duo will be headlining on the same stage on Saturday night and this occasion forms part of their Farewell TourWinners of the Best Duo category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2004 and 2006, and a Critic’s choice nomination at the BBC World Music Awards, John & Jon are also founding members of the wildly ambitious eleven piece big-band folk phenomenon, Bellowhead BBC Folk Awards for Best Live Act in 2005, 2007, 2008, Observer Top 20 albums of 2007!

Roddy Woomble will also be honouring us with his presence and his naturally poetic writing and consistent touring have won him many thousands of fans all over the world, and he is now widely regarded as one of Scotland ‘s finest songwriters.

It doesn’t end there though and with over 40 top class live performances over the full weekend, plus a range of other interesting diversions, including, Isambard awards, Morris dancers, Mummers, Maypoles, Ceilidhs, Workshops, a market, our ever popular posh loos – this will be a very special festival indeed and one certainly not to miss!!  Our neighbour`s at Colston Hall are also joining us on the Sunday, by hosting no less than The Full English May Day Fayre – for Free………check it out at

Saturday 3rd May: RSVP, Jim Moray, Bhangra & Morris Dance, John Spiers & Jon Boden, Peter Knight’s Gigspanner, Martha Tilston, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, The Hut People, Fabian Holland, Folklaw, The Willows, Matthew & Me, The Black Feathers, The Cadbury Sisters.

Sunday 4th May: Fairport Convention, Roddy Woomble, Bhangra & Morris Dance, Lucy Ward Band, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Sam Sweeney and Hannah James, The Longest Johns, Lonely Tourist, Paper Aeroplanes, Baxter Rhodes, Bad Cardigan, Gaz Brookfield, Ninebarrow, Cole Stacey & Joseph O’Keefe, Hattie Briggs. plus Nizlopi live at The Fleece!

The Kidnap Stage is also being introduced this year, a brand new innovation, that will give un-signed and emerging artists the chance to ‘kidnap’ some time in the programme to reveal their talents to an unsuspecting audience, giving them the chance to catch some exceptional fledgling musicians.  Promoters and industry people attending the festival will be given the opportunity to kidnap un-signed and emerging artists for their events………a win-win for all concerned! 

Don’t miss out on seeing some fantastic artists at Bristol Folk Festival on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May

The festival takes place at St George’s Bristol, Great George Street (off Park Street), Bristol, BS1 5RR and Bristol Folk House, Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5JG

Tickets are just £35 per day or £65 for the weekend and £5 per day for 5-15 year olds, with FREE ADMISSION for the Under 5’s and to book tickets, please call 0845 40 24 001 or go online at

Evening Headline Concert tickets are also available for Spiers and Boden + guests, Fairport Convention + guests or an Afternoon Concert to see Roddy Woomble + guests for just £20 each at

Only 37 days left and tickets are selling fast……….so treat yourself to a wonderful experience and book yourself a daily or weekend ticket today!

To check out the line up and find out more about the festival, please visit

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