Warwick Folk Festival returns this summer - The Leamington Observer

Warwick Folk Festival returns this summer

Leamington Editorial 22nd Mar, 2024   0

WARWICK FOLK Festival is tuning up for its 45th staging this summer.

The four day celebration of roots music returns to Castle Park from July 25 to 28.

This year the headline acts include Oysterband, The Unthanks, Spooky Mens Chorale, and Breabach.

Punk ceilidh outfit Oysterband have been on their musical journey for 45 years, during which they have won several BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including Best Band twice. Warwick Folk Festival will be one of the stops on their final tour before they retire as a touring band.




The Unthanks are known for their eclectic approach combining traditional English folk, particularly Northumbrian folk music, with other musical styles. With 14 albums to date, they have earned a Mercury Music Prize nomination, won Mojo Magazine Folk Album of the Year twice and were the only British folk representation in The Guardian’s and Uncut’s Best Albums of the Decade.

Australia’s all male The Spooky Men’s Chorale turn their hand to everything from


Georgian church songs to unique covers, including Abba’s Dancing Queen, while also producing a few memorable tunes of their own.

Breabach are ranked among Scotland’s most skilled and imaginative contemporary folk acts. Their most recent studio album Fàs was accompanied by them being named Folk Band of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

More than 80 musical acts will be performing during the weekend, alongside many traditional dance acts.

Festival director Dick Dixon said “Warwick Folk Festival is renowned for being a very friendly, relaxed, and chilled out event and the location is stunning.

“We will be increasing our ticket prices on April 6 so now is your chance to get a great deal on a wonderful weekend where you can enjoy live music from a variety of local, national, and international talented folk performers over a gorgeous long summer weekend.”

Warwick Folk Festival moved to its new location, next to Warwick Castle in 2022, which meant all the venues and camping were on one site.

For more information and to book tickets visit www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk

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