The time has come to share our plans for this year’s festival! We can’t wait to be back with you doing what we love best over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Before we tell you more about what to expect this summer, we want to explain why we’re making changes despite the very positive signs about life being expected to return to ‘normal’ in June. We know this isn’t guaranteed and big events like ours may still need some special measures in place. And we know that not everyone may be comfortable with the traditional format of the festival this year.
We also have to book our infrastructure and plan our programme way in advance so that’s meant some changes so the festival can take place this year. You can read all about the changes below.
Thankfully we have a generous greenfield site so we can still create a very special festival where you can enjoy the great music, dance, family fun and the friendly Shrewsbury atmosphere you know and love!
If we do need to make any more adaptions ahead of August, we’ll keep you informed every step of the way. Do take the time to read our guide so you know what to expect – if you have a question about what’s happening this year, it’s likely to be answered there or in our FAQs. We’re sorry to give you so much information to digest but it’s very important you read this and our T & Cs!
We’re sure you understand why we’re having to rethink our format for this year and we do really appreciate your support. If, for any reason, you don’t want to come, you can roll over your ticket to 2022 – see our refund policy here. And, if you haven’t already booked your tickets, now’s the time.
This year there’ll be three open air stages (The Cuckoo stage, The Skylark stage and the Purity Village stage) so we can accommodate everyone at a safe social distance – you’ll need to bring your own chairs or picnic rugs. We’ll publish a new site map before the festival.
With the uncertainty surrounding foreign travel, red list countries and potential quarantine for overseas artists, we will be hosting a wonderful celebration of British based folk and world music performers – click here for more. We’ve invited the international artists booked for this year to join us in 2022 instead.
For 2021 only, we feel it will be safer not to have a dance tent. But there will be a fabulous dance programme with the not-to-be-missed folk ballet! We will also have performances, workshops and daily ceilidhs on the Purity Village Stage plus pop-up performances around the site, featuring our regular, cherished, colourful array of morris and dance.
Children & Young People
As always, there will be plenty to keep our young folkies busy. Our Pandemonium! and Refolkus teams are organising plenty of fun outdoor activities with open sided bell tents or gazebos if we need a bit of cover. the scorching August sun! And Professor Panic and his team will be with us too. Visit the Pandemonium! and Refolkus pages to find out more about their exciting plans.
We’re putting together a programme of workshops including the popular Tuneworks sessions and will update this on our website in the coming months. We’ll use The Studio with the sides off and that will become ‘The Goldfinch’ but we may not use The Hub as it’s a very enclosed space. The Siskin is a new sessions and workshop tent for this year.
Open mic & festival fringe
We won’t be hosting the open mic due to the enclosed nature of the venue and we’ve put our fringe events (pub sessions, dance parade and performances in town) on hold as it would be impossible for us to manage these off-site events in a covid-safe way.
Food & drink
The team at Moongazing Hare Bars will lay on the usual great selection of beers, ciders and cocktails at their open air bars around the site. Our food court will be in the same area but more spaced out and you can eat under the cover of the food tent. Cleaning equipment will be provided for you to wipe down the tables and chairs before or after use in addition to our enhanced cleaning regime.
There will be lots of opportunity for a spot of shopping in the craft fair around the Village Stage. Please be prepared to make contactless payments.
Our spacious site means there is plenty of space for campers. Some of the designated camping areas will change but there will still be a quiet area, a late night area and family area. We’ll share a new map for you ahead of the festival.
We’ll be following government and local council guidelines on entry requirements, if any are necessary, and will let you know what procedures will be nearer the time.
We’re planning lots of additional cleaning and there will be hand sanitising stations around the festival site. Face coverings may be required in indoor spaces, unless exempt, for everyone over 10-years-old. And you’ll be delighted to know we have also secured some fabulous new showers!