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Enter our Band Competition

EFF_band_poster-2low (1)  Calling all up-and-coming amateur roots & folk acts. Would ... more

21/02/2017


Showcasing East Anglian talent

Lady Hamilton  Our Friday Night Showcase has become an important part of the festival over the past number ... more

13/02/2017


Festival acts nominated for Radio 2 Folk Awards

ohooley-tidow  We pride ourselves on booking great acts for Ely Folk Festival and we're delighted to say th... more

12/02/2017


River life & lots more for kids

eel2  Kids of all ages love Ely Folk Festival...and so do their mums and dads. With its family friendly vibe, lots of oppo... more

05/02/2017


Box office opens 1st February

ely-slides5  The waiting is over! The festival box office opens today. Festival tickets offer great value with ... more

01/02/2017


Get your fix of bluegrass / Appalachian sounds

HotRockPilgrims  Hot Rock Pilgrims is an old-time/bluegrass super-group featuring some of the most ex... more

27/01/2017


French – Geordie at festival

Flossie  Notwithstanding what happens with Brexit, we're delighted to celebrate a perfect marriage of French & Engl... more

24/01/2017


Urban Folk Theory to get Friday night ceilidh going

Urban-Folk-Theory-  With a youthful exuberant energetic vibe, Urban Folk Theory has emerged into ... more

16/01/2017


Countdown to box office opening starts…

ely-slides4  The box office for the 2017 festival will open on Wednesday 1st February.  An more

11/01/2017


Georgia Lewis rocks!

georgia-lewis-band  We're delighted to welcome back to Ely Folk Festival, the very wonderful and ... more

08/01/2017


Ross & Jarlath…Pipers, Tunesmiths, Entertainers

ross-jarlath   Not just one, but two pipers and highly talented musicians in the form of Ross Ainslie & ... more

03/01/2017


Very best wishes for 2017…

logo_hat_2 1  We would like to thank all friends and followers of Ely Folk Festival for your support in 2016; ... more

31/12/2016


TRADarrr…an early xmas gift for Ely festival

logo_hat_2 1  TRADarrr is a conglomeration of British folk rock musicians and intertwined personalities. Form... more

19/12/2016


Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp ‘n’ Roll!

elvisfontenot-2017-smaller  Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp 'n' Roll from the bayous of Staf... more

14/12/2016


Celebrated harmony duo to grace Ely festival

ohooley-tidow  With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2... more

07/12/2016


Fantastic harpist lined up for festival

jennifer-crook-trio   In a career that has led her from the BBC Young Tradition Award to touring with Snow ... more

30/11/2016


The Elephant Sessions to close Saturday night

elephant-sessions   Winners of Scots Trad Awards 'Up and Coming Act of the Year 2014', and nominee... more

28/11/2016


2017 festival keenly priced

CHIDRENSPARADE-9  The box office for the 2017 festival won't open until February but we're pleased to ... more

22/11/2016


Reg Meuross booked for festival

reg-meuross  If you haven’t already experienced the warmth, humour and depth of Reg’s performances then y... more

17/11/2016


A fusion of blues, country & Americana

brooks_therootsgeldrop_medres  We're delighted to add the wonderful Brooks Williams to t... more

14/11/2016


2017 festival to have a French flavour

whg8fthl   Anglo-French acoustic dance band Topette! will bring a gallic flavour to the 2017 festival. The band wi... more

10/11/2016


Work on 2017 line-up underway

seth lakeman  Work is well underway on pulling together an exciting and rather wonderful musical line-up for th... more

04/11/2016


2016 festival photo competition winners

jon-dean-2  We had some great entries this year for our festival photograph competition. The theme was 'A riot o... more

28/09/2016


Record charity collection by festival morris sides

FB_IMG_1469547031350  Despite torrential rain during their procession around Ely over the fol... more

01/09/2016


Reuniting lost property with its owners

Did you leave something behind at Ely Folk Festival 2016? If so, check out the photos of the lost property we found and get in touch with us by emailing queries@elyfolkfestival.co.uk. We'd like to ensure happy endings to our lost property stories.... more

28/07/2016


Enter our 2016 Festival Photo Competition

Les Ingles photo 2    Our theme this year is ‘A riot of colour an... more

18/07/2016


2016 festival bows out with Wild Mountain Thyme

Nic Lewis photo  The last performance of the 2016 festival was by Irish super group Altan who were join... more

12/07/2016


What’s happening on Sunday

Wizz Jones  Our afternoon concert starts at midday and will get off to a great start with the wonderfully talented... more

10/07/2016


Lots happening on festival site today

EII-with-Candles-1038x576  After a fantastic opening night at Ely Folk Festival, t... more

09/07/2016


Festival to open with a flourish

steamchicken  Bring sunscreen & hats for a scorching festival weekend music-wise.  Festival site opens at 1pm with first conc... more

07/07/2016


Festival set-up underway

Ely Folk Festival 2016 is taking shape on site as marquees are erected, camping spaces marked out, signs erected, dance floors laid and stages built. The ground is firm and green - ideal conditions thanks to the recent spell of dry, windy weather. Any changes to site conditions likely to affect festival visitors will be posted here and on our facebook page. The festiv... more

05/07/2016


Festival box office arrangements

Rose Laidler photo 2    Sales of advance festival tickets from the apex will finish at 5pm o... more

04/07/2016


Friday night preview

tom-figgins-introducing-300x300  With a week to go until Ely Folk Festi... more

01/07/2016


Fun for younger guests at Ely Folk Festival

Rose Laidler photo 2   Bug safaris, story-telling, craft & story workshops, kids parade, ... more

24/06/2016


More Caravan/Campervan Pitches Added

Due to unprecedented demand for caravan/campervan pitches this year we had sold all the planned pitches on Campsites 1, 3 and 4. The good news is that we've managed to move things around slightly and made 10 more pitches available. These can be booked along with your weekend tickets by going to the Tickets page. Pl... more

22/06/2016


Stock lined up for real ale bar

Susan Fancourt Green photo 1  Fil the festival bar manager has been working h... more

17/06/2016


Celtic flavour to Sunday evening line-up

s2  There's a definite celtic flavour to the Sunday evening concert line-up at Ely Folk Festival this year. Scotsman more

13/06/2016


Friday Night Local Bands Showcase

  Honey  This year, we have sourced a wonderful electric line-up for the Friday Night concert in Marquee 2 - showca... more

09/06/2016


Clogs, sticks, hankies and bells…

MorrisParade riot ... will be stamped, waved and shook along Ely High Street on Saturday 9th July as ... more

07/06/2016


Dance the festival away

Andrew Goodbody photo 1     This year we've got three great ceilidhs lined up. The lat... more

02/06/2016


Winner of the 2016 festival band competition is …

JL2    Georgia Lewis and Friends. This exciting young band is led by folk singer and avid accordionist Georgia Lewis who hai... more

30/05/2016


Creepy crawlies, story walks & quizes

CHIDRENSPARADE-9   Kids of all ages love Ely Folk Festival because there's lots of different activiti... more

23/05/2016


Dog steals show at festival AGM

AGM 2016  Cassie the dog stole the show - and our hearts - at the folk festival's recent AGM. Cassie along with her h... more

06/05/2016



Join us on Eel Day for a festival taster

Lodi Pickins  Ely Folk Festival will be hosting a stall and concert at Ely Eel Day on Saturday 30th April. Th... more

19/04/2016


Lots of ways to participate in the 2016 festival

Fiona Dodman photo 3  Details of workshops and informal meets planned for the 2016 festival ar... more

04/04/2016


Bread or Blood takes shape

St Mary's Plaque  "I might as well be hanged as starved" (Richard Rutter, a rioter at Ely 1816)... more

15/03/2016


Bugs, bugs, bugs at 2016 festival

Rose Laidler photo 2   Kids love Ely Folk Festival as there's so much to do. This year, we'... more

25/02/2016


Box office opens

A good start to the week as the box office for the 2016 festival opens. Still one of the best value and most enjoyable folk music festivals around, ticket prices start at £24 for a Friday evening ticket and £69 for an early bird weekend ticket. With a fantastic line-up in place, what better way to while away these cold February days than treating yourself to a tick... more

14/02/2016


2016 festival band competition launches

Rusty Shackle   Rusty Shackle were worthy winners of our 2015 band competition and are making a return visi... more

07/02/2016


The joys of festival stewarding

stewards_20_2170930534  Volunteer stewards are the backbone of our festival as they help ... more

22/01/2016


2016 ticket prices announced

Ticket prices for the 2016 festival have now been posted on our Tickets page http://elyfolkfestival.co.uk/tickets/. We've kept prices increases to a minimum. An early bird adult weekend ticket is still available for less than £70 - fantastic value for three days of great music and dance entertainment. Ely Folk Fest... more

14/01/2016


Line-up for Friday Night Showcase

Dickon McCarthy  Our Friday Night Showcase has become an increasingly popular part of the festival, given the range ... more

05/01/2016


Bread or Blood

LPtRiots  2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the 1816 Ely & Littleport Riots. The riots were caused by high une... more

20/12/2015


Christmas comes early to The K9 Project

lifeskills2   Ely Folk Festival committee is delighted to donate £1600 from the 2015 festiv... more

08/12/2015


Winners of 2015 festival photo competition

Congratulations to Rose Laidler and Len Ingles, worthy winners of our 2015 Ely Folk Festival Photo Competition. We felt their entries really nailed the theme of '30 years of the greatest little festival' capturing aspects such as colour, movement, regular visitors and spectacle. Both winners will receive complimentary tickets to Ely Folk Festival 2016. Thank you to al... more

01/12/2015


Website Updates

You'll notice that our website is in a state of flux! We're working on improving it at the moment so please bear with us. In the meantime, on the righthand side of this page is a list of the fantastic acts we've lined up for the 2016 festival to date. Those denoted with an asterisk will perform on both Saturday and Sunday. Further details about the line-up plus how to... more

25/11/2015


A selection of the great acts booked for the 2017 festival




Seth Lakeman
The Spooky Men's Chorale
Sam Kelly Trio
The Elephant Sessions
Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson
O'Hooley & Tidow
Reg Meuross
Topette!!
Jennifer Crook
Elvis Fontenot
TRADarrr
Brooks Williams
Flossie Malavialle
Hot Rock Pilgrims
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Georgia Lewis Band
Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies
Bophouse Blue
Urban Folk Theory
Causeway Ceili Band
























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