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Ely Folk Festival - 7-9 July

With its beautiful cathedral towering majestically above the surrounding countryside, the City of Ely lies in the heart of the Cambridgeshire Fens, famed for spectacular sunsets and the vast open sky. What better location for a weekend of the best in folk music and dance?

Each Ely Folk Festival is better than the last, with an impressive guest list and programme of workshops, concerts, morris displays, ceilidhs and children’s entertainment. The musicians appearing at the Ely Folk Festival reflect the rich diversity of the modern folk and roots music scene, with a mixture of established favourites and newer talent. Our festival patron is internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and Ely resident, Boo Hewerdine who helps judge our annual Band Competition.

Ely is proud to remain a small, friendly festival. That means that you can meet the artists ‘unplugged’, take part in workshops, dances, sessions or perform in the Club Tent, and you can get really close to the main stages. The Folk Festival is based on a single site which includes marquees, camping facilities, food stalls, trade stands, real-ale bar, & children’s entertainment. Ely city centre is accessible by shuttle bus (or 20 minutes’ walk). Morris sides perform on the festival site and in town on Saturday and Sunday.

There is space for tents and caravans on site, and free parking is located on the festival site.

Guests at this year's festival include Seth Lakeman, The Spooky Men's Chorale, Sam Kelly Trio, The Elephant Sessions, Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson, O'Hooley & Tidow, Reg Meuross, Flossie Malavialle, Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies, Hans Theessink and Alden Patterson & Dashwood.

For more info see: Ely Folk Festival website