Derby Folk Festival logo with dates of 1 - 3 October 2021

Welcome to Derby Folk Festival 2021

We’re very excited to be planning for the festival to happen in the real world, from Fri 1st to Sun 3rd October 2021.

Obviously, there are lots of things to consider, and we’re in an ever-changing environment, but we’ll be doing all we can to bring you a fantastic mix of artists and events, all in Derby’s city centre.You’ll see all of the names we’ve announced at the bottom of the home page, and you can find out more about them on the Artists Page.

This year we’re using the “Love Derby” temporary venue on the Market Place, and in honour of our greatly missed friend, colleague and founder, this will be The Mick Peat Stage. We know he’d be chuffed! Alongside the concerts in the marquee all weekend, we’ll be back in Derby Cathedral on the Saturday, and have other events in The Old Bell Hotel all weekend. Keep checking back, as we’ve got lots of ideas to add in!

Thank you to everyone who has supported the festival over the years. We really hope to see you at this, our 15th edition.


Kitty Macfarlane

India Electric Co.

The Last Inklings


Home Service

Bob Fox

Melrose Quartet

Jim Moray

Winter Wilson


Doug Eunson & Sarah Matthews

Steve & Julie Wigley

Ellie Gowers


O’Hooley & Tidow


Flats & Sharps


Road Not Taken


Old Sea Legs

Always in our hearts and minds – Mick Peat (1940 – 2021)

Mick Peat - 1940 to 2021

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The festival is produced by Derby LIVE

Part of Derby City Council

Derby Folk Festival is proud to be a Member of

The Association of Festival Organisers