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2016 festival band competition launches

Rusty Shackle   Rusty Shackle were worthy winners of our 2015 band competition and are making a return visit this year to play main stage on Saturday night. If you are an amateur folk or roots act (soloist, duo or group) and would like to have a go at winning an opportunity to perform at Ely Folk Festival 2016, read on. We’re delighted to launch our 2016 Band Competition, again in conjunction with local newspaper the Ely Standard.

To enter the Band Competition, please send a CD demo marked ‘EFF Band Competition’ with your contact details to arrive by 17th April 2016 to:

Ely Folk Festival Band Competition

Ely Standard (Archant Herts & Cambs)

Audmoor House

93 High Street


Cambs PE35 9LH


Closing date for receipt of entries is 17th April 2016. Please note that CDs will not be returned. The winning entry will be announced by the end of May and will be awarded the opening performance of the 2016 festival on the main concert stage on Friday 8th July.

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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
Jennifer Crook
Elvis Fontenot
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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