Festivals news

Hats off to Hank at Bridport

ALT country hat-wearing icon Hank Wangford returns to Bridport with his Lost Cowboys, on Saturday 1st September to provide the musical icing on the titfer cake of Bridport’s Hat Festival weekend. The festival is one of the biggest (and most eccentric) days in the West Dorset calendar, with the main focus on “Haturday” – Saturday…

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Feast of folk in store at Bath festival

BATH Folk Festival, now in its ninth year, comes to the city from 11th to 19th August with a feast for performers and listeners. There will be concerts, pub and café sessions, storytelling and dance around the city, as well as the popular Bath Trad­it­ional Music Summer School, where students learn for five days under…

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Record year for Bath’s 70th anniversary festival

SEVENTEEN days of world-class music and literature saw  the 70th anniversary of the Bath Festival achieve record results, with audiences of more than 37,000 up by 70 per cent on the previous year, and the best music sales since 2004. The finale party weekend on the Rec, with a stellar line-up that included Paloma Faith,…

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Exciting weekend at Plush

THE middle weekend of the 2018 Plush Festival, 3rd to 5th August, brings some of the brightest young stars of both the classical and folk worlds to the beautiful little chapel above the Piddle valley. On Friday 3rd August, there is an enthralling programme of ancient and modern. The exciting young Fieri Consort will sing…

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Voces8 and Rachel Podger at Milton Abbey

VOCES8 and the “Queen of the Baroque Violin” Rachel Podger are the stars of this year’s Milton Abbey International Music Festival, from 30th July to 4th August. The festival opens with Reflections, a free interactive experience with piano, strings, voices and electronics, with Paul Smith and Neil Valentine, on Monday 30th at 8.30pm. Voces8 begin…

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Once Upon a Time there was a foodbank

THE Once Upon a Time in the West festival, at Stowford from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July, is this year running in  partnership with Trowbridge’s Storehouse Foodbank, and encouraging all festival goers to donate to the charity The inspiration for the link came at last year’s performance by Ferocious Dog, whose audiences always support…

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Billy and Steve at Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

STEVE Knightley and Billy Bragg are among the musicians performing at this year’s Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, from 20th to 22nd July this year, a little later than usual to avoid a clash with the Durham Miners Gala. The programme is the familiar mixture of talks, radical films, comedy, workshops, and music. Other performers include Captain…

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Southern Cathedrals Festival at Salisbury

ENGLISH Cathedral music is one of this country’s national treasures. It offers sacred choral and organ music performed to the very highest standard and the Southern Cathedrals Festival, this year at Salisbury from 18th to 21st July, offers an opportunity to hear outstanding music by the renowned choirs of Chichester, Winchester and Salisbury. The choirs…

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