We are very sorry to announce that due to the ongoing situation with the Covid19 pandemic we have sadly decided to postpone the 2020 festival. The new dates will be Friday 10th September to Sunday 12th September 2021. We are trying to get as many of the acts booked for September 2020 to come and play for us in 2021.
So, subject to whatever social distancing or new health and safety requirements might be needed in 2021, our small seaside town on the beautiful Jurassic coast of Dorset will fill up with hundreds of colourful dancers and the town will resonate to the sound of bells jingling, sticks thwacking and excellent music.
The hub of the festival is Sandpit Field, with a concert marquee and festival bar, the festival information tent and dozens of colourful craft stalls. Over the weekend concerts will take place at venues around the town featuring some of the best artists on the folk scene. Full details of the weekend fun can be found on the festival website, www.swanagefolkfestival.com.
There will be opportunities to get involved with workshops, music sessions in the local pubs and the free entertainment on Sandpit Field for the young of all ages. For something more energetic there is the festival dance at the Swanage School on Saturday night.
Over 50 traditional dance teams will gather to entertain you. Displays take place all over the town and a spectacular dance parade takes place on Saturday afternoon. All the dance sides ask in return is loud applause and your spare small change.
Swanage Folk Festival Line Up
Friday Evening Concert - Jon Boden, Winter Mountain, Keith Donnelly
Saturday Afternoon Folk Concert - Steve Hicks & Lynn Goulbourn, Paul Openshaw
Saturday Evening Concert - Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys, Ninebarrow, Bram Taylor
Saturday Evening Dance - Threepenny Bit
Sunday Afternoon Folk Concert - Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Bram Taylor
Sunday Afternoon Folk Concert - The Longest Johns
Sunday Evening Concert - The Churchfitters, Granny's Attic, Hot Rats
Concert lineup subject to artists availability in September 2021