Ely Folk Festival 2021

Ely Folk Festival is a bijou weekend folk and roots music festival that takes place in the wonderful cathedral city of Ely. The festival is an opportunity to listen to some of the best folk and roots acts around in an intimate and friendly environment. With on-site camping facilities, a real ale bar, lots of kids activities, morris dancing displays, ceilidhs, workshops and music sessions, whether you visit for a day or the whole weekend, the festival is a sure winner for music and festival lovers of all ages.

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to a fantastic Ely Folk Festival 2021 experience…to our volunteer stewards, the musicians, the children’s entertainers, the traders, the MCs, our suppliers, those who supported us in all sorts of ways in the planning of the festival…and most of all to our visitors who came and created a wonderful festival atmosphere and followed our guidelines for a covid-safe festival. Watch out for details of our 2022 festival which will take place 8-10 July 2022.

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Winning entries in 2021 photo competition

Winning entries in 2021 photo competition

Congratulations to Philip Smith and Kevin Winks on taking the winning shots in our 2021 festival photo competition. The theme was Celebration! and...

Lost property?

Lost property?

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That festival feeling!

That festival feeling!

Music, lights, laughter, fun....sum up Saturday at Ely Folk Festival 2021. The sun shone on chilled out audiences in front of the two outdoor stages...

Planning for our 2021 Festival

We have planned a safe, fun and fabulous 2021 Ely Folk Festival. The main changes & measures we’ll be putting in place around the festival site to make it safe for visitors, artists, traders, stewards & all who help out over the festival weekend are: 

  • Check out our 2021 festival site layout Site Plan 2021 v0-2[13550].
  • Please read this Ely Folk Festival 2021 information note before you arrive at the festival as it provides an overview of the changes that will be in place to help you plan accordingly.
  • There will be two outdoor stages instead of the marquees. Areas in front of the stages will be demarcated to accommodate small groups in their own socially distanced ‘bubbles’. We will not be providing chairs, so bring your own fold-up chair or rug to sit on. With outdoor stages, we’ll be more weather dependent than previously, so keep an eye on the weather forecast & come prepared (sun cream, wet-weather gear, umbrella, etc)
  • We will host workshops, singarounds, sessions, some concerts & artists’ meets in the football clubroom. Numbers in this venue will be limited, seating will be at socially distanced tables & you must wear a face covering unless seated at a table.
  • You will be required to wear face coverings while moving around the site where 2m distance cannot be maintained. Pedestrian routes will be designated around the festival site to enable you to move safely from one area of the festival site to another.
  • We will put in place safe ways for ordering & collecting drinks from the bar
  • Hand sanitising stations will be provided around the festival site, and there will be more portaloos.
  • The traders area will be laid out to ensure social distancing guidelines are met.
  • There will be more stewards on hand to help with keeping the festival site clean and all our visitors safe.
  • In line with Government Guidance, we encourage all visitors to the festival to complete rapid testing twice in the week before the event with the last test being completed within 48 hours before arrival at the festival site. Government advice also recommends that following the event, twice weekly tests should be completed. See the information at the end of this newsletter about how to get rapid lateral flow tests for free.
  • All festival visitors are encouraged to scan the QR code on arrival at the festival site using the NHS Covid 19 app. If you do not have the app on a mobile phone, you will be asked to provide written details on a track & trace form at the box office on the festival site.


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About Ely Folk Festival

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. 

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.visitely.org.uk