Largest Derby Folk Festival yet takes over the city centre

Mon 15 Oct 2018

For the twelfth year Derby Folk Festival has brought its friendly atmosphere and entertainment to Derby city centre, with resounding success. Co-produced by Derby LIVE and PR Productions, with a jam-packed schedule of music and dance acts, fringe activities and a brand new Thursday evening event, the festival took over the city for the weekend. Visitors came from across the country, from Denbighshire to Devon and Cheshire to Cambridge, and from across the world, including Ireland and Australia.

Highlights included Sunday night headliners Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys; at Sam’s third time performing at the festival he remarked at the support that Derby Folk Festival had given them, moving from a fringe stage spot, to an early marquee slot, through to closing the festival with their incredible Sunday night set. Eliza Carthy’s return to the festival, joined by The Wayward Band for the first time, marked a vibrant end to Saturday’s entertainment in the marquee.

Friday’s headliners Lucy Ward Band launched the festival weekend with a beautiful set that cemented the tone for the rest of the weekend. As a festival patron, Derby local and Derby Folk Festival regular since the age of 17 it was a special moment for Lucy Ward to headline the opening night of the festival.

As is tradition, the festival ended with the singing of festival patron John TamsRolling Home, while festival flyer flowers, hand crafted by Folk 3D and their team of helpers, are handed to the festival goers.

Throughout the weekend thousands across Derby were able to enjoy the free fringe events hosted across Cathedral Quarter and programmed by Furthest From the Sea. This year several festival artists including Dan McKinnon, Oka Vanga, Ninebarrow and Winter:Wilson performed in The Old Bell Hotel Ballroom alongside up-and-coming folk artists, all free to the public. Members of the public also enjoyed entertainment on the streets of Derby with Folk 3D organised dance sides taking place throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. From The Spot to Sadler Gate the festival atmosphere was tangible in the streets of Derby.

The twelfth Derby Folk Festival was supported by several key partners including Cathedral Quarter Derby, St Peters Quarter Derby, Visit Derby and Thornbridge Brewery which helped make the festival such a great event. A special thanks is also owed to Folk 3D, Furthest From the Sea and Village Folk for their support.

Councillor Alan Grimadell, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “Derby Folk Festival was a great weekend, with plenty of brilliant opportunities for everyone to enjoy the festival with the free events. The city centre greatly benefitted from the vibrancy of the Folk Festival at the weekend, and we look forward to the thirteenth Derby Folk Festival next year.”


Derby Folk Festival received overwhelmingly positive commentary on social media:

Oka Vanga: @DerbyFolk is superb! Brilliantly organised and excellent vibe...thank you Bob and everyone involved for having us yesterday...

Harp and a Monkey: Thank you @villagefolkgigs and @DerbyFolk Festival for a truly enjoyable day. An event to be proud of and for any city to be envious of...

Michael Cook: Thanks to @DerbyFolk @villagefolkgigs @FurthestFromSea for a wonderful Thursday/Friday night and whole weekend. @seasofmirth was one of the best things ever @oldbellderby

Paul Jeffery- Superb festival with a varied, top quality line-up

We are already excited for he thirteenth Derby Folk Festival scheduled to take place between Thursday 3 and Sunday 6 October 2019.