A folk festival starts earlier than you think. When do you think we booked the main acts for Bermondsey Folk Festival 2019? Around September 2018; a few weeks after BFF 2018! Typically headline British folk acts get booked at least a year in advance. It is not unheard of for acts to be booked 2 years in advance. This is because there are a finite number of acts which definitely draw a crowd so they are in demand. Also, because other promoters & festivals book early it is an ingrained part of the culture.
You have to be careful when booking acts that they are not performing nearby within 6 to 8 weeks of the time you are booking otherwise you risk not drawing a crowd & also upsetting nearby promoters & festival organisers. We love having a good crowd & we want to have a great relationship with our neighbouring promoters! We check our folk festival does not clash with other events a year in advance. A folk festival starts earlier than you think!
We are delighted to have got our headline acts for September 8th 2019 Andy Irvine, Martin Simpson, Stick In The Wheel & Ben Walker are all fantastic artists we really love. We are equally delighted to have a load of up & coming acts on the bill who may well be the folk headline acts of the future. Further details to be announced very soon.
This year we are working on increasing the opportunity for participation. Many folk performers sing & play purely for the pleasure of being part of a traditional culture & through the Bermondsey Folk Club singarounds we have provided a chance for loads of people to take part. We want to give a chance for as many people as we can to be part of the Bermondsey Folk Scene. So if you do want to join in get in touch. You are very welcome.
It’s all systems go for Bermondsey Folk Festival 2019. It may seem like a while away, Sunday September 8th, but there is quite a lot to do. Headline acts need to be booked well in advance: typically we do this 11 to 12 months ahead of the event. Scheduling of the day will be sketched out in the next month or so so that we can promote the day well ahead of time. We are very excited about working with local food & beer businesses to provide festival food & drinks & are putting together a children’s programme to make the day very much a family affair. We always have Irish dancing & our friends, Thrales Rapper will provide some sword dance. With confirmed acts like Andy Irvine, Martin Simpson, Ben Walker& Stick In The Wheel & with a growing line-up of homegrown talent this is going to be a bumper Bermondsey Folk Festival 2019!
After the day’s events in the Blue Anchor Market, the
Bermondsey Folk Festival continues at Shortwave Cafe with an evening of
fantastic folk acts. Shortwave Cafe is fully licensed & has a great
selection of beers
Guitar, bass, cajon, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, flute, penny whistle and recorder combine for fast-paced, energetic tunes and delicate ballads.
Arfur Doo & the Toerags are a traditional Irish folk band with a few twists. Guitar, bass, cajon, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, flute, penny whistle and recorder combine for fast-paced, energetic tunes and delicate ballads.
From small beginnings the Bermondsey Folk Festival is starting to flourish as a calendar event in the London Folk Scene and we have the headline acts in the main stage to prove it: Lisa Knapp, Circulus and Martin Carthy
First on the stage from 2pm, you will discover award winning chanteuse Lisa Knapp; later on the indescribable Circulus will delight attendees with the unique psychedelic folk and closing the main stage performances will be modern folk’s greatest innovator Martin Carthy, purveying their finest wares.
There will Thrales Rapper and Irish Dance performances, choir music, poetry and more
The Bermondsey Folk Festival 2018 continues and after the day’s events in The Blue Market, the Bermondsey Folk Festival music will play at Shortwave Cafe with an evening of fantastic folk acts. You’ll be pleased to know that Shortwave Cafe is fully licensed & has a great selection of beers and drinks.
Folk music fans and Bermondsey Folk Festival followers, behold, the our very first flyer for the BFF 2018 is out of the printer!
We are delighted to announce the main headline acts for this year’s edition of our popular Folk Festival in South London. Bermondsey which has a long music tradition is once more the home for top class musicians and bands to play on a day not to be forgotten!
With Martin Carthy, Lisa Knapp, Circulus and Arfur Doo and The Toerags plus many other acts to be announced. In the meantime, don’t forget to visit the Folk Music Singaround at Shortwave Cafe and organised by Cunning Folk. This monthly event is a platform for artists who wish to play at the Bermondsey Folk Festival as supporting acts. Remember to pencil in (or add electronically nowadays) these dates to your calendars:
8th September 2018 – Bermondsey Folk Festival returns to Market Place and nearby venues in The Blue, Bermondsey SE16
Shortwave Cafe Folk Music Singaround – Last Sunday of the month on the run up to the BFF 2018.