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Derby Folk Weekender – 4-6 October 2019

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2019 is our 13th year of putting a weekend of great music and events together, and although we’ve had to change some things round this year (must be the number 13!), we’d love it if you could join us whether it will be your first visit, or you’ve been with us from the start.

We began in 2007 as Derby Traditional Music & Arts Festival, changing the name to Derby Folk Festival in 2010.

For those who haven’t been before…

The festival is co-produced by Derby LIVE and PR Promotions and used to take place throughout every bit of space that the Assembly Rooms had to offer. With that venue out of action, we moved outside, putting the main concerts into The City Marquee on the Market Place.

With 2019 presenting some challenges with venues and available space, we’ve had to look at a different offering this year. Whilst we can’t present the full festival that has grown over the years, we’ve put together what we think is a fantastic range of concerts; all as part of the Derby Folk Weekender. There are individual concerts in Derby Cathedral on Friday evening, and Saturday and concerts in The Old Bell Hotel on Friday evening, and through Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets for the concerts in these two venues will be available individually, as well as some multi-buy deals to allow you to make your own “mini-festival”!

Alongside these concerts, we’ll be using the Guildhall Clubrooms for our usual, intimate “folk-club-rooms” concerts, and some great singing – and these will be open to anyone with any of the concert tickets (subject to available space). We’ll have music sessions in The Old Bell’s Tudor Bar, and then fringe events on the Market Place with music, dancing, and the craft fair.

To find out more about Derby and the area’s fantastic events, places to eat, shop or stay, have a look at the Visit Derby website for lots more information.