South Downs Folk Festival


Southdowns Folk Festival

16th to 19th September

The Southdowns Folk Festival is rolling over most all of the entire festival programme of 2020 into 2021 and is currently talking with headline artists, other performers, stall holders, local authorities and festival venues about appearing and hosting events between 16th and 19th September 2021. Happily there is a very positive response from these discussions and it is envisaged that the festival programme featuring Steve Harley and Steve Knightly amongst others, plus the popular Ukulele Festival and the inaugural Americana Festival on the Pier, will very much mirror what would have taken place in 2020 with the possibility of one or two exciting additions.

One such addition is a Shanty Showdown over 18th & 19th September – a free event supported by Bognor Regis Town Council, it will be under marquee and around Bognor Regis Town Centre featuring the very best of shanty singing from the South of England.

The Captains Beard

With the February 2020 release of the all-acoustic CD “Uncovered”, Steve Harley, the original Cockney Rebel, shows no sign of slowing down. Steve has been playing live shows around the world for over 45 years and the thrill of another night in another place to another audience has not dimmed at all. “We have real adventures on tour,” says Steve. “I’ve seen the Northern Lights, the Midnight Sun and dozens of wonderful galleries, museums and great cities, all on my down-time. I have a great life as a Wandering Minstrel!”

Steve Harley

There are many other popular folk performers to enjoy including Merry Hell and Gilmore and Roberts. There is also a plethora of up and coming newer talent including UK country singer/songwriter Katy Hurt, The Outlaw Orchestra, The Jigantics and many more.

Katy Hurt

Visit for all the up-to-date information about the festival.

pictured at top: The Jigantics

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