Workshops and Competitions

Festival Workshops, sessions & meets

Have a chance of winning a performance slot at the 35th Ely Folk Festival in July 2020 by entering our Band Competition or Youth Folk Challenge. Details on how to enter are below. Closing date is 31 March 2020.

Festival Band Competition 2020
The festival Band Competition has gone from strength to strength over the years and is now noted as a key opportunity for up and coming amateur folk & roots acts to gain recognition on the festival circuit and perform on stage with some of the top acts around. The winning entry from the Band Competition will be awarded the opening performance of the 2020 festival on the main concert stage on Friday 10th July. Amateur solo, duo and group folk and roots acts are welcome to enter our Band Competition. To enter the Band Competition, please submit the following to artists@elyfolkfestival.co.uk including BAND COMPETITION in the subject line:
• A sample of your work either as an mp3 (or if video mp4) or a link to a website such as utube where you are featured (or email us at marketing@elyfolkfestival.co.uk if you prefer to send a CD instead)
• A 100 word biography
• Confirmation that you are not a professional performer
• A contact email address
Entries must be received by midnight on 31 March 2020 to be considered. The winning entry will be informed by end of April.

Youth Folk Challenge 2020
This is for solo or duo acts or groups all aged under 21 years as at 10 July 2020. Entries from those residents in East Cambridgeshire district are especially welcome, but young folk music acts from anywhere within Cambridgeshire are welcome to apply. We will select up to four acts to play a 15 minute set on Friday 10 July at Ely Folk Festival 2020. Winning entries will be provided with weekend tickets for themselves (and 2 adults in the case of winners aged under 18 if appropriate) and also automatically subscribed to our Saturday Club Tent competition where they can perform for a chance to open our main stage on Sunday. To enter, please submit the following to artists@elyfolkfestival.co.uk including YOUTH FOLK CHALLENGE in the subject line:
• A sample of your work either as an mp3 (or if video mp4) or a link to a website such as utube where you are featured
• A 100 word biography
• Details of the entrants’ names, dates of birth, & place of residence in Cambridgeshire
• A contact email address
Entries must be received by midnight on 31 March 2020 to be considered. Winning entries will be informed by end of April.

Congratulations to the following who were competition winners at our 2019 festival: Tell Tale Tusk who won our Band Competition; Abhainn, Jasmine Canham & Oliver Cross who were winners of our Youth Folk Challenge; 10 year old Niamh who won our ‘Name the Festival Dog’ competition with her suggestion of Banjo; Andy Taylor and Rita Jennings who submitted the winning entries below in our Festival Photo Competition. 

  

 

 

 

 

Booked for 2020

Show of Hands
Midnight Skyracer
The Young’uns
Blackbeard’s Tea Party
Daoiri Farrell
Steamchicken ceilidh band
Daphne’s Flight
Noble Jacks
Martyn Joseph
Megson
Thomas McCarthy
Thomas Ford
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage