Frequently Asked Questions

What time do the buses run from?

A free shuttle bus will operate between the festival site and city centre approximately every 30 minutes (and to/from the station on Friday and by request at other times). Buses will run at the following times: Friday 12.30 to 00.30 (first pick-up from Ely rail station) ; Saturday 10.00 to 00.30 ; Sunday 10.00 to 23.00; Monday – a bus will leave the festibal site at 10.00 and 12.00 and drop-off at Ely rail station & the city centre.

Who qualifies for the concession price tickets?

Concessions are available for anyone who is over the age of 65 or who is registered as disabled. Proof will be required on site when you collect your ticket.

Do you need any Stewards and what do they do?

We are lucky to have regular stewards who come every year, but we are always on the look-out for more. If you would like to apply to steward we expect 10 hours work over the weekend in return for free weekend admission and free camping on site. Duties include vehicle management, car park duties, bar work, checking wristbands, litter picking, etc. Check out our stewarding page for more information & details on how to apply https://elyfolkfestival.co.uk/stewards/

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Are the venues seated?

Marquee 1 is fully seated; marquee 2 which hosts ceilidhs, concerts & workshops has some seating around the edge and you are welcome to bring in your own fold-up seats for concerts and workshops; limited seating is available in marquee 3.

What time is the first concert on Friday evening?

The first concert on Friday evening starts at 6.45pm in the main marquee (doors open 6.30pm).

Can I sign up now to do a short ‘slot’ in the club tent?

Sorry, sign up for the Club tent session is 12 noon on the Saturday of the festival in the Beer tent

What time do concert performances start and finish?

There are a number of concerts taking place over the festival weekend. Approximate start & finish times for the main concerts are set out below but they can alter at short notice. Concert venues open approximately 15-30 minutes before each concert. Please note that the shuttle bus operating between the festival site and Ely over the weekend will run until just after the finish of the last concert on each day.

Friday evening concerts starts 6.45pm and finishes at midnight
Saturday afternoon concerts start at midday and finish at approximately 5.30pm
Saturday evening concerts start at 6.15pm and finish at midnight
Sunday afternoon concerts start at 11.30 and finish at approximately 5pm
Sunday evening concerts start 5pm and finish at approximately 11.30pm.

How far is the site from the town centre?

The festival site is a 5-10 minute car drive and a 45 minute walk from Ely town centre along a footpath that runs through Stuntney village . A free shuttle bus will run approx. every 30 minutes between the festival site, rail station and city centre (coach stop on The Gallery next to entrance to the cathedral). There is a footpath from Ely that runs along side the A142 Soham Road to the festival site via the village of Stuntney.

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What time can we arrive to pitch tents?

The festival site is open from 11.00am on Friday for campers arriving and setting up, and picking up tickets/wristbands from the box office. The festival arena will open from 1.00pm on Friday.

Are campervans allowed?

Yes they are!

Are bbqs allowed on the campsites?

We do allow bbqs, but they must be fit for purpose and at least 18” above the ground. Open fires (including fire pits) and disposable bbqs are NOT allowed on the festival site.

Is a plan of the festival site available?

Here is a plan of the festival site showing the camp site and festival arena Site Plan For Programme[21351]. As this is the first time we have used this site, there may be some variations from the plan as we put the components in place.

Where can I download information about the new festival site?

Here is an Information Note about the new festival site Festival site information 2022. Please do have a read through before you arrive at the site.

Are there any rules re bottles / cans of alcohol at the festival

The main rule is that glass bottles or vessels are not allowed in the festival arena. We run our own reasonably priced and well stocked bar on site and of course would encourage you to buy your drinks there.

Do you provide any concessions for students?

No, but students make very good stewards! Check out our stewarding page.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, we’re dog friendly and welcome well-behaved dogs and their owners. When you buy a ticket, you will be asked how many dogs you are bringing so we can register them before the festival. Dogs on the festival site will begiven a numbered tag to wear. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. Poop bags are available from the Box Office and Control tents and you asked to keep your dog under control and clean up after it while on the festival site. We prefer if you don’t take your dogs into marquees during concerts, but if absolutely necessary, please try to sit at the end of a row if in the main marquee; and in all cases ensure you can easily take your dogs outside if they become noisy, restless, or upset other members of the audience in any way. We have complaints from non-dog lovers every year and the pressure to not allow dogs is considerable so please be considerate and help us to keep our festival dog-friendly.

Can we bring our own fold up chairs into the Marquees?

You are welcome to bring your own fold up chairs into the Marquee 2 but please try not to obscure other people’s view. However, your own fold up chair are not allowed in the main Marquee 1.

When can we sign up to play in the Club Tent?

Performers can sign up in the Beer Tent at 12 noon on the Saturday. There is a 10-15 minute slot for the Club Tent Best performer on Sunday evening opening the evening concert in the marquee.

Is there disabled parking on site

We have disabled parking spaces available on the festival site. You will need to bring your blue badge with you when coming to the festival site. 

 

Can I take photographs during the performances?

Flash photography is not allowed, except by staff and press. Permitted photography must be taken in such a way as to avoid any disruption or distraction for patrons or performers.

I’m arriving by train, how do I get to the festival site?

The festival shuttle bus will pick up at Ely Railway Station between 2pm – 8pm on Friday. If you need to be collected from the station outside of these times please contact us before the festival and we will accommodate your request if possible

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Is parking allowed alongside camping pitches?

Unfortunately we can’t allow cars on the campsite, due to Fire Regulations and limited camping space. We allow cars on the campsite to unload and then we ask for them to be moved. Parking for campers is however within the main festival site and is not open to the public

Can we use an awning on our caravan?

Yes! no problem.

When do we need to leave the camping site by on the Monday

The campsite must be cleared by 12 noon on Monday following the festival.

2022 acts include:

The Sharon Shannon Trio

Lindisfarne
De Temps Antan
Steamchicken
Daoiri Farrell
Boo Hewerdine & Heidi Talbot
Sheringham Shantymen
Big Joe Bone
Holy Moly & The Crackers

Frog on a Bike

Polly Paulusma

Sherburn, Bartley, Sanders

The Vagaband