Feast of folk lined up for later this year at city event

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Derby Folk Festival returns in October for its 11th year.

Following the huge success of last year’s festival, which was enjoyed by thousands, Derby LIVE is pleased to confirm that the 2017 event will take place from October 6-8.

Many exciting artists have already been confirmed for a variety of venues in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter.

Derby Folk Festival is jointly produced by Derby City Council’s Derby LIVE and Derbyshire-based PR Promotions. The line-up is already a who’s who from the broad spectrum of folk music, including False Lights (pictured), Show of Hands, Coope Boyes and Simpson, Martin Simpson, Oysterband, O’Hooley and Tidow, Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage (pictured), Ange Hardy (pictured), Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, The James Brothers, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Winter Wilson and Kim Lowings and the Greenwood.

Councillor Martin Rawson, deputy leader of Derby City Council and cabinet member for communities and city centre regeneration, said: “Derby Folk Festival is one of the cultural highlights of the calendar. Hosting such a prominent festival contributes toward securing a strong future for the city of Derby, making it a thriving cultural centre with visitors coming from across the UK and indeed the world.

“The 11th Derby Folk Festival is set to be the best yet with fantastic venues, exciting acts, and entertainment for all.”

A fantastic set of venues throughout the Cathedral Quarter will continue to provide the perfect backdrop for the festival, including the enlightenment era Derby Cathedral, the rustic Old Bell Hotel, the City Marquee on the Market Place and the Guildhall Theatre. The festival will also include a host of free fringe events, dance acts, workshops and sessions, as well as an Arts and Craft Fair. These free events will be taking place in Derby City Centre, spreading the festival’s intoxicating atmosphere throughout the city and making sure the festival is available to everyone.

Find out more at derbyfolkfestival.co.uk and keep up to date with the latest festival announcements on twitter and facebook.

False Lights photo credit: Redwood Photography