Support & get involved with the Festival

Ely Folk Festival is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company organised by local volunteers that aims to be self-financing. The festival is a key event in the Ely calendar bringing over two thousand visitors from near and far to Ely for the duration of the weekend and its benefit to the city both culturally and commercially is significant.

Sponsoring the festival

Would you like to advertise in our festival programme and broadcast your business or event to a large audience? We produce about 1000 high spec colourful programmes. Get in touch with us at

We are also interested in talking to local businesses and patrons who might be interested in supporting the festival in some way, perhaps through sponsoring a concert or event over the weekend, advertising in our festival programme, or donating or lending tools, materials or other in-kind support to help the festival remain successful. If you are interested and would like to talk to a member of the festival committee about supporting the festival, please contact us via the following email address in the first instance Many thanks to all our regular sponsors for the festival – with their support and help we can continue to offer a great festival: Spiral Earth;  East Cambridgeshire District Council; BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

Festival volunteering

Ely Folk Festival relies on a committee of volunteers and other supporters to ensure it happens each year. We’ve steered its growth from a small local event to a firm fixture on the national festival calendar combining the best of national and local talent. We’re on the look out for fresh talent to join our festival committee or help in other ways to ensure Ely Folk Festival continues to thrive and grow. If you are interested in lending time or other support to help us make it happen, please drop an email to No previous festival-organising experience necessary, just a willingness to help a greet weekend music event continue in Ely. Download our Festival Volunteering leaflet here which provides more information We_need_your_help_v2[6560]




2022 acts include:

The Sharon Shannon Trio

De Temps Antan
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