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About Ely Folk Festival

Site Plan - Aerial View v2 (3)  With its beautiful cathedral towering majestically above the surrounding countryside, the City of Ely lies in the heart of the Cambridgeshire Fens, famed for spectacular sunsets and the vast open sky. What better location for a weekend of the best in folk music and dance?

Each Ely Folk Festival is better than the last, with an impressive guest list and programme of workshops, concerts, morris displays, ceilidhs and children’s entertainment. The musicians appearing at the Ely Folk Festival reflect the rich diversity of the modern folk and roots music scene, with a mixture of established favourites and newer talent. Our festival patron is internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and Ely resident, Boo Hewerdine who helps judge our annual Band Competition. For a preview of our 2017 festival, check out this link Ely Folk Fest preview 2017[1295]

We are proud to remain a small, friendly festival. That means that you can meet the artists ‘unplugged’, take part in workshops, dances, sessions or perform in the Club Tent, and you can get really close to the main stages. The Folk Festival is based on a single site which includes marquees, camping facilities, food stalls, trade stands, real-ale bar, & children’s entertainment. Ely city centre is accessible by shuttle bus or 20 minutes’ walk. Morris sides perform on the festival site and in town on Saturday and Sunday.

There is space for tents and caravans on site, and free parking is located on the festival site. For alternative accommodation contact the Ely Tourist Information Centre on 01353 662062 or www.ely.org.uk/tic.htm


Great music More that 30 music acts to enjoy in our two main marquees and small marquee over the weekend.

Club Tent Bring your instruments sign up to play and perform in the Club tent… your chance to be discovered!

Real Ale Bar Enough guest beers and ciders to tempt the most discerning palate with sessions and singarounds

Children’s Entertainment Lots for kids to do on site with workshops, activities and Jan and her amazing Van

Disabled visitors We are located on a flat site with reserved camping area, marquee area, ramp access to the dance floor, an accessible loo near the main marquee. We’re very happy to provide whatever assistance you need – please advise when booking.

Camping on site We have on-site caravan and camping available for weekend ticket holders.

Dance Three ceilidhs over the weekend plus morris dance displays on site and in town.

Workshops Your chance to learn from festival performers, who will be leading workshops throughout the weekend – a mix of music, song and dance

Meet the artists sessions Up close and personal, a chance to meet some of the artists performing over the weekend

Free shuttle bus Regular free service from Friday to Sunday evening between the festival site and Ely

Food & craft stalls A great selection of different types of foods to keep you going, plus great craft stalls.

Some of the 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
Anthony John Clarke
The Willows
The Black Feathers
John Kirkpatrick
The Relentless Ceilidh Band
Flossie Malavialle
Broom Bezzums
Tim Edey
Chris Fox
Alden Patterson and Dashwood
Frog on a Bike
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