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International Stars to Return to Shrewsbury Folk Festival
23 Aug 2022

The weather looks set to smile on Shrewsbury Folk Festival this August Bank Holiday Weekend (26-29) - and with day tickets flying out like hot cakes, organisers say you’ll need to get in fast to avoid missing out! 

We are so lucky to have a world-class showcase of folk music right on the doorstep every year - and Shrewsbury Folk Festival has a reputation for delivering the finest acts from the UK and around the world.

The festival attracts some of the best North American folk artists as well as contemporary and traditional British folk acts and there's a growing interest in world music too.

This year, the festival welcomes singer-songwriting legend Judy Collins, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Skerryvore, The Breath, Thea Gilmore, Carlos Nunez and so many more, performing across four live music stages See the full lineup HERE

Judy Collins

American singer-songwriter Judy Collins is to perform at this year's Shrewsbury Folk Festival - drawing from her iconic 55-album body of work. You might recognise her stunning renditions of Joni Mitchell's 'Both Sides Now' and 'Send in the Clowns' , which won Song of the Year at the 1975 Grammy Awards. 

You can bring the whole family and camp for one last mini holiday before term starts (choose from late night, quiet or family camping areas) - and dogs are welcome too (on leads). 

This year there’s a combination of open-air stages and open sided marquees and you’ll do well to bring your own chairs and picnic blankets to watch the concerts and performances and join in workshops in the Goldfinch and Siskin tents. 

The dance tent is back with a packed programme of ceilidhs, dance shows, workshops and displays from morris and dance teams across the country. 

Pandemonium! and Refolkus will offer bespoke programmes for kids and teens and there will be lots of opportunities to browse and buy in the craft fair around the Village Stage (contactless payments) and if it’s provisions you’re after, there’s a great festival shop, run by The Allotment from Shrewsbury. 

The silent disco at Shrewsbury Folk Festival

The food area usually has everything from Whitby fish and chips to Mexican wraps, salt beef raclettes, vegan black bean and beetroot burgers, falafel wraps and authentic Indian curries. And in the Berwick Bar you’ll find beers from local Shropshire brewers Hobsons, Three Tuns and Ludlow, plus from a host of other brewers - and there’s non alcoholic draught beer on tap too. Olive the Bus Bar will offer gin and cocktails and a selection of wines.

Plus there’s a free bus into Shrewsbury city centre, to allow some flow between town and festival, with a fringe programme of events going on in town. 

Artistic Director Sandra Surtees said she hoped more Shrewsbury families would come and experience the festival for themselves this year: "People come from all over the world to Shrewsbury Folk Festival but we’d love to see many more local people - they don't know what they're missing!

"It's not just for dedicated folk music fans as there’s such a broad church, from Americana to folk rock to world music, to suit all tastes plus a huge programme of entertainment for all the family. It'll be the best holiday at home you've ever had and we can't wait to show you what we're all about!"

She added that she was delighted that the festival is back to its old self, welcoming international performers once again, now that travel restrictions have been lifted. The main stage will still be in the open air, since this proved popular last year.

To book visit: shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk/

And you can find the 2022 site map HERE