Festivals from Glastonbury to the Chelsea Flower Show may be either pulling the plug or moving back in the calendar, but Warwick Folk Festival is still aiming to bring you a festival to remember.
We have a new site to enjoy and the trademark top quality line-up spread across four days – and plans are gathering pace with many already taking advantage of special lower price tickets while the offer lasts.
Some world-class guests will be heading to the fabulous new site in the shadow of Warwick Castle where festival fans will find all the live music, workshops, craft stalls and food they’ve come to expect as well as a great camp site and full facilities. Festival organisers have put in a lot of hard work to make the site safe in the current climate and will always act within the latest guidelines.Top of the bill on Thursday 15thJuly is fiddle-maestro and songwriter Seth Lakeman, while Friday’s headliners are the irrepressible Show Of Hands.Widely acclaimed line-up The Young’Uns lead the Saturday line-up and highlight of Sunday’s programme is a reunion performance for squeezebox, fiddle and stomp-box virtuosos John Spiers and Jon Boden.
Festival patron and internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist Will Pound appears in his own right to present a musical journey across the states of the European Union, A Day Will Come.
And the locally written, performed and produced folk opera, The Undoing of Polly Button, featuring Daisybell and other local artists will get its long-awaited public airing after last year’s planned launch was cruelly cut short by the first lockdown.
Festival Director, Dick Dixon expects to have a much better idea in March of the full festival format. He says ‘We should be able to set up in our new site to meet social distancing guidelines with more public facilities plus an extra field if needed.’
Dick was due to step back from his role as Director last year, having worked with the Festival throughout its entire 40-year history but agreed to stay on until this year to oversee the change of main site location.
His workload will be taken on by two new team members acting as Artistic Manager and Operational Manager. Says Dick, ‘We’ve already received some good applications for these volunteer roles but we’d be happy to receive more.’