Broadstairs Folk Week
6th to 13th August – Folk Music by the Sea
Grab your chair and picnic blanket and enjoy some of the best bands on the folk and world music scene at the brand-new outdoor Festival Arena in the middle of Broadstairs, with festival bar and food stalls.
Afternoon and evening concerts feature the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, afro-folk band Edward II, Noble Jacks, Track Dogs, Scottish folk legends Breabach, the Gigspanner Big Band, and three times winners of the BBC Folk Award, the Young ‘Uns.
Musicians from Kent are headed up by the Festival Patron, Tim Edey, who grew up in Broadstairs and plays with the very best international acts such as the Chieftains and Natalie McMaster, as well as having a hugely successful solo career. Kentish bands, Green Diesel, Arcelia and the Lunatraktors are also appearing on the main stage.
Free family events include the daily free Hobby Horse Club at the Bandstand with Clarence the Dragon and the Hooden Horses who are the mascots of the festival.
There are plenty of opportunities to take part – show off your hula-hooping skills, courtesy of This Bean Spins; get into African drumming with Rich Rhythms or learn Appalachian clogging with experts, TapRoots. There’s talk of an Ukeathon too, (must have own ukulele!).
Every morning, the Poet’s Breakfast takes place in Neptune’s Hall garden: the Children’s Creative Tent opens up in the Festival Arena and the Albion Knitters offer workshops for all standards.
The free Craft and Music Fair next to the Bandstand offers a great range of gifts, and the Jack Hamilton Bar, a great place to meet friends and chill out, looking out across the bay. The official Broadstairs Folk Week merchandise stall is there too, for Folk Week t-shirts and more. There’s free music around the town pubs and gardens from lunchtime till late and Morris dancing displays at the Bandstand.
All tickets are now on sale. Festival tickets with or without camping for a week, weekend or day: plus single event tickets for afternoon and evening concerts at the Festival Arena. For full details go to www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk.
pictured at top: Breabach, photo by Guillaume Morin