Festival postponement

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we have decided to postpone this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival. It will now take place from August 27th – 30th, 2021.

We know that many people will be disappointed – we are too. Our small team is hugely passionate about the festival and our summer just won’t be the same without it.

But, as our festival preparations move into full swing, we feel we have no alternative given that the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic will be felt for some time to come. We wanted to make this announcement now to give you as much notice as possible.

Our priority must be the health and welfare of our festival family – the festivalgoers, volunteers, performers, caterers, traders, contractors and many, many more people who come together to make it the magical event it is.

Although the festival is more than four months away and government restrictions may be lifted by August, we appreciate that people may understandably be nervous about taking part in large gatherings.

In addition, our site – the West Mid Showground – was very badly affected by severe flooding earlier this year and the team there has been unable to continue restoration work due to the restrictions in place.

Therefore it is a sensible move to postpone this year’s festival so we can deliver an event of the quality you expect from us in 2021.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly when many musicians are already feeling the pressure with gigs and tours on hold. Please continue to support them where you are able. We will be transferring our 2020 line up to 2021, providing performers are available, and we hope people will retain their tickets and join us for the mother of all parties next year!

We know that our loyal contractors, traders and our charity partner will be adversely affected by this postponement but these are unprecedented circumstances for which none of us could have been prepared. We look forward to working with them again in 2021.

In the meantime, we want to thank everyone for your ongoing support and we will see you next year. Please keep well, stay safe and look after yourselves and those around you.

With love from Sandra and the festival team.



I would like to transfer my ticket/s to 2021. What do I have to do?

Nothing. We truly appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing you in 2021! You’ll need to hang on to your 2020 tickets and bring them to the 2021 festival.


What is the date of Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2021?

August 27 – 30. Tickets for 2021 are on sale here.


Can I have a refund?

If you would like a refund, you’ll need to send photographic evidence of your destroyed tickets and your name and postal address to customerservices@gigantic.com within 21 days (before May 5 2020). If you have a query, please email customerservices@gigantic.com.


I was due to volunteer this year. Do I need to reapply next year?

We understand people’s situations may change from year to year so we’ll be opening applications for volunteer steward places later this year. Please apply – we’d love to have you. You’ll be able to apply here.


What about my catering pitch?

Please check your inbox for an email from the festival. We will be contacting the caterers who were selected for this year’s festival and holding their place for 2021. If we need more caterers next year we will open applications in the autumn.


What about my craft / music stall application?

We will reopen applications for craft stalls, music stalls and traders later this year and hope that you will reapply again to join us in August 2021.


I have booked glamping for 2020. What do I do?

Please contact Black Dog Tipis here to discuss your booking.


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