Sidmouth Folk Festival celebrations announced for summer 2021

Organisers of The Sidmouth Folk Festival aim to put on a week of music, dance and family entertainment this summer.

Becca Gliddon

Billed as A Celebration of Sidmouth Folk Festival, the event from July 30 until August 6, will be an ‘authentic taste’ of the traditional event.

The Sidmouth Folk Festival plans to return in full in 2022, the organisers said.

John Braithwaite, festival director, said: “We are looking forward to this special celebration, as we thank everyone who helped the festival survive last year’s cancellation and to secure its future.

“All this year’s festival activities will be run in line with existing Covid-19 guidance.

“All relevant precautions and health and safety measures will be taken to ensure people’s comfort, and to maximise their enjoyment.”

He added: “Heartfelt thanks again to all who supported the Crowdfunding campaign.

“Some rewards will be redeemable this year, some will need to be deferred to 2022 and that option remains for all pledges.

“Please do join us in our beautiful seaside home in the first week of August to celebrate the ongoing future of The Sidmouth Folk Festival.

“And we look forward to returning in 2022 in grand style.”

The line-up for this year’s celebration event includes live headline performances by festival patrons Show of Hands, the Eliza Carthy Trio and Scottish folk band Talisk. Tickets go on sale later this month.

These outdoor concerts, at Blackmore Gardens, take into account the current preference for open air events, following results from audience surveys conducted by the festival team.

The gardens will also be the venue for a host of free daytime family entertainment, including dance music, street theatre, special events, plus stalls selling food and drink.

Festival activity and entertainment is planned for The Ham lawn.

And there will be live-streamed events and workshops, with details to be announced later this month.

The organsiers said: “Following on from the rip-roaring success of last year’s online festival, there will also be a major web-based presence again in 2021, including live streaming from the town and plenty of workshops, with more details to be announced in late May.”

For more information about the event, see here.