Roll on August!

There is no doubt that we are living in extraordinary times as the Covid-19 – or coronavirus – outbreak continues and we hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.

But we wanted to reassure you that preparation for the festival is very much continuing as normal and we fully expect to be enjoying four days of fabulous music, dance and much, much more in August. We have more than five months until our event and we hope it will be a chance for us all to come together and celebrate after this very testing time.

We have seen other festivals and events sadly have to make the decision to cancel or postpone and our hearts go out to all those organisers who have had to make this really tough decision. This level of epidemic is completely unprecedented so we are keeping a very close eye on how the landscape is evolving.

But, for the moment, as our team work remotely festival prep is going on unhindered and we are keeping a close eye on the developing situation. We’re putting the finishing touches to our 2020 line up with some great new names to announce soon so watch this space. You can buy weekend or day tickets on the link at the bottom of this email.

Now more than ever, the most important thing is that we look after ourselves and each other – something that’s not unusual for the folk family.

Please stay safe and keep washing those hands!

Sandra and the festival team

Support for artists

We know this is a really tough time for many people with the economic efforts of coronavirus already hitting home in some cases. Many musicians have had to abandon tours that will have a severe financial effect as they are self employed.

If you can afford to, and only if, there are a number of ways you can help them -buying albums or merchandise, taking online tutoring and supporting their fundraising efforts. There are some really creative ideas being offered to raise money including online gigs and more.

Here’s just a few of the projects we’ve come across:

Whatever you can afford to give to any of the musicians who have lost temporarily lost their livelihoods will be truly appreciated. Please share any fundraisers you spot on our Facebook page for others to see.

And also please, please show your love for our festival friend,Miranda Sykes from Show of Hands. Following a recent breast cancer diagnosis, she is taking a step back for treatment but not before she performs one final concert on Saturday (March 21) at 7.30pm live from her living room!

Click here to find out how you can watch and donate to her ‘tip jar’