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An image of a busy street with music and dance at Derby Folk Festival
An image of a music session at Derby Folk Festival

We’ll have a fantastic range of fringe events, with music and dancing available alongside the main ticketed concerts.


Free music, spoken word and dance will be taking place at the waterfall site, adjacent the Market Place. Curated and hosted by Furthest From The Sea, there will be a mix of acts from around the region, on stage, as well as dance displays brought together by FOLK3D.


As usual, we’ll have music in the Tudor Bar at the Old Bell – at various times through the weekend!

There may be someone leading a particular session, or perhaps you want to start one yourself – either way, you’re very welcome to join in and play, or sit and listen!


We’ll have a few spots during the weekend, with music in the front bar of The Old Bell Hotel – this will be before/between concerts in the Ballroom, and will be free to come and listen (while you’re enjoying a drink…)


Derby Song Maker competition, hosted by FOLK3D, brings new unaccompanied songs and songwriters to the stage.

You can find out all about it, and download an entry form from the Song Maker Competition page


We usually have a ceilidh somewhere, at some point… we’ll update when we know!!!

Expect great music, with a fab caller, and a dance display spot in the middle… what more could you want!


We’re very lucky to have the support, and input, from a number of Derby organisations…

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Cathedral Quarter Derby

We have great support from the whole team at Cathedral Quarter Derby. They help us every year through sponsorship, social media, event assistance, ranger assistance, and encouragement

Visit their website: Cathedral Quarter Derby

Folk 3D

Dance curators, ceilidh organisers, flyer-flower makers – and so much more… they’re wonderful people all round. They get involved with many aspects of the festival, and in events such as Derby’s St George’s Celebrations.

This year, they are looking after the amazing Flyer Flowers again, and also running a slightly different version of the John Birmingham Cup!

You can find more details about how to get involved with this on the JB Cup page

Visit their website: Folk 3D

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Furthest From The Sea

Our great friends, and supporters of many artistic adventures in the city, are once again going to be looking after a stage – this year on the Waterfall site, adjacent the Market Place. They’ll have music, spoken word and more, as well as being the location for many dance spots. Look out for lots of things that they get involved in, throughout the year, and show them some love!

Visit their website: