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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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Acts booked so far for the 2018 festival

Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening
Steve Knightley
Sam Kelly & Friends
Jamie Smith's Mabon
3 Daft Monkeys
Johnny Dickinson
Iona Fyfe
Anthony John Clarke
The Willows
The Black Feathers
John Kirkpatrick
The Relentless Ceilidh Band
Flossie Malavialle
Broom Bezzums
Tim Edey
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
Chris Fox
Blackjack Blues Band
Alden Patterson and Dashwood
Frog on a Bike
The Penland Phezants
The Barefoot Doctors
Cary Outis
Brother Pit
Lee Gillett
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