The inaugural event will take place across three stages at The Brunswick in Hove on September 5th 2020.
It'll be a day of music from over 20 of the brightest folk talents in Britain right now. Mixing stalwarts of the scene with up and coming artists, traditional songs with contemporary takes on the genre, the festival offers something for everyone and champions the inclusivity of the British folk scene. The festival also pays special attention to the thriving Sussex folk tradition.
The main stage will see some of the UK's foremost folk bands, singers, songwriters and musicians like Kitty Macfarlane, Ben Walker and Naomi Bedford & Paul Simmonds perform with spellbinding live illustration by renowned illustrator and political cartoonist Chris Riddell. The basement stage will present traditional and contemporary folk music, whilst the showcase stage will offer intimate and unplugged sets by some of the most engaging new voices across the scene. Wonderful music all round, with a special bar and food menu put on by the Brunswick.
Tickets for the first ever Brighton & Hove Folk Festival are extremely limited, so make sure to grab yours while you can!
Singer/songwriter influenced by funk, folk/roots and soft rock singing playing guitar, keyboard and mandolin.
See 6 tour dates featuring Ben Walker
Sussex-based folk duo fast making its mark on the local music scene. Atmospheric songs inspired by everything from sea shanties to Child's Ballads.
See Hickory Signals tour dates
Kirsty is one of the most arresting and unconventional singer-songwriters on the UK folk roots scene. Kirsty’s music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition with jazz and classical backwaters. But it has a much wider reach, with her influences ranging from Cara Dillon to Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush.
See 6 tour dates featuring Kirsty Merryn
Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. Her lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration, and woman’s historical relationship with textiles and the land.
See 4 tour dates featuring Kitty Macfarlane
Patch & The Giant
London-based alt-folk band; a spirited troupe of five boys and two girls who together craft a sound which is big, beguiling, anthemic and lyrical. Delivered with an air of ramshackle decadence, strong vocal harmonies, soaring strings, keys and buttons along with boots, braces and warbling brass. '... fantastically energetic and foot stomping super 7' (thankfolkforthat.com).
See Patch & The Giant tour dates
A stomping, good time, alternative folk band from London.
See Ringlefinch tour dates
English folksinger and bassist.
See 7 tour dates featuring Thom Ashworth
Bird in the Belly, Chalk Horse Music, Naomi Bedford & Paul Simmonds