folk festival gets go-ahead

Kate Rusby
Kate Rusby

Derby’s eagerly-awaited Folk Festival has got the go-ahead to take place in the city centre later this year.

After the fire at the Assembly Rooms car park on March 14, which destroyed the plant room that served the adjoining venue, plans for how the eighth Derby Folk Festival would go ahead had to be rethought.

After much planning, Derby LIVE has announced that the Derby Folk Festival will now take place in a large marquee on the Market Place from October 3-5.

The festival will spread across the city centre with dance teams performing in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter and St Peter’s Quarter, concerts in the Guildhall Theatre, folk club events in the Guildhall Clubrooms and concerts and dances scheduled in the newly refurbished ballroom of The Old Bell Hotel on Sadler Gate - all a few minutes from the Market Place.

Derby Folk Festival is jointly produced by Derby LIVE and Derbyshire-based PR Promotions and they have put together what is arguably their strongest line-up yet. Headlining Friday evening and celebrating their 45th year on the folk scene is Steeleye Span, with the ever popular Show of Hands performing on Saturday night. Headlining Sunday and closing the festival is the evanescent Kate Rusby (pictured).

Derby Folk Festival also brings a plethora of top drawer acts to the city that includes Martin Simpson, Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, Coope, Boyes & Simpson, The Carrivick Sisters, Philip Henry and Hannah Martin, and The Lucy Ward Band.

This year Derby Folk Festivalare thrilled to announce a partnership with Thornbridge Brewery, who will provide a range of their award-winning beers for this year’s festival.

Tickets are available on 01332 255800. For more on the festival, see