Derby Folk Festival 2024 announces autumn date and line-up in 17th-century pub

Derby Folk Festival's autumn date has been announced (pictured are Bob Rushton and Sarah from the festival)Derby Folk Festival's autumn date has been announced (pictured are Bob Rushton and Sarah from the festival)
Derby Folk Festival's autumn date has been announced (pictured are Bob Rushton and Sarah from the festival) | Derby Folk Festival 2024
The series of concerts means people can cherry pick what to attend, which is like a cool version of a musical pick-n-mix!

Derby Folk Festival has announced a date for its autumn return and a weekend jam packed with fun for the whole family is on the cards.

The three-day festival is a key fixture in the city’s cultural calendar, running from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 October, 2024.

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Not to do things by halves, the festival will take over a bustling city venue and 17th century pub, The Old Bell Hotel.

This pub’s location in Cathedral Quarter means it is ideally placed.

People can duck in and out of the venue, to enjoy a range of outdoor activities and entertainment that includes live music and dancing on the cobbled streets of Sadler Gate.

There will be seven concerts playing at The Old Bell Hotel over the course of three days.

Tickets for these will be sold individually, or there is the option to purchase a weekend pass.

People therefore have the option to enjoy just one concert or the whole weekend.

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Free street music and dancing will be a treat for people passing by, who may not have bought tickets, in a bid for organisers to ‘engage with the community.’

Ticket prices vary per artist, for example Michell, Pfeiffer & Kulesh / Hannah Scott tickets start from £11.

A spokesperson from Derby Folk Weekend told Derby World: “The concert will see artists that are a mix of well-known names from the broad folk genre, as well as younger or newer to the scene artists, plus those supported through the Mick Peat Bursary.

“Alongside the ticketed concerts there will be free music and dance on the streets around the Cathedral Quarter – brightening the October weekend, and bringing a great atmosphere to the city centre!

“The event attracts visitors from all corners of the country, as well as a few overseas travellers who make the journey each time.

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“The weekend is filled with great music, and just as importantly, a wonderful atmosphere as people come together to enjoy the artists alongside great company.”

Here is everything you need to know about the event that is set to delight Derby crowds in the autumn.

Derby Folk Festival 2024 including artists and where to buy tickets

Here are confirmed artists so far, more names are set to be announced.

Friday: Steve Turner, Gilmore & Roberts, The Brothers Gillespie.

Saturday: Hannah Scott, Michell, Pfeiffer & Kulesh, Detta Kenzie, Rachael McShane & The Cartographers, Phoebe Rees, Sam Carter.

Sunday: Arbrevyn, Beyond The Blue, The Underground Sun, Jack Rutter, Benammi Swift, The Rosie Hood Band

Date: Friday 11 - Sunday October 13, 2024

Time: Times vary per artist, check performance times here.

Location: Cathedral Quarter, The Old Bell Hotel, Derby

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Tickets: Tickets are available for individual concerts and weekend packages, click here for further information.

Updates about the event: Derby Folk Festival Facebook page

Derby Folk Weekend is a partnership between Bob On Arts, FOLK3D and Furthest From The Sea. It is supported by Derby City Council, through Derby LIVE and sponsored by Cathedral Quarter Derby.

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