SATURDAY 8TH AUGUST


BATH CITY FARM FAMILY FUN DAY

Live music, workshops, a bouncy castle, treasure hunt, craft fair, animals and loads of activities for all the family.

Bath City Farm | 10am – 3pm | FREE

FLOOK | DISKAN

One of the most exciting and innovative bands to emerge from the English/Irish folk scene with a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and bold, adventurous musical imagination.

Beechen Cliff School | 7:30pm | £15 advance (£17 on the door)


SUNDAY 9TH AUGUST


BATH ARTISAN MARKET

Live music and 70 stalls selling the best of the west’s upcycled vintage, handmade and art treasures.

Green Park Station | 10am – 4pm | FREE

NEW SHOOTS COMPETITION HEATS 1 & 2

Fresh, upcoming folk acts compete to win a day of recording at the legendary Real World Studios.

The Nest | 4pm | £3


MONDAY 10TH AUGUST


SUMMER SCHOOL

Our five day traditional music summer school, including group classes in flute, fiddle, guitar, mixed instruments and piano accordion. Open to all ages and abilities.

The Edge, University of Bath | 9:30am – 1pm | £140 Adults | £100 Children

WORKSHOP

A specialist workshop exploring a specific aspect of folk culture. Free to summer school students.

The Edge, University of Bath
2pm
£20

STUDENT SESSION

An open session for summer school students to develop their session-playing skills.

The Edge, University of Bath
2pm
FREE

NEW SHOOTS COMPETITION HEATS 3 & 4

Fresh, upcoming folk acts compete to win a day of recording at the legendary Real World Studios.

The Nest | 7:30pm | £3


TUESDAY 11TH AUGUST


SUMMER SCHOOL

Our five day traditional music summer school, including group classes in flute, fiddle, guitar, mixed instruments and piano accordion. Open to all ages and abilities.

The Edge, University of Bath | 10am – 1pm | £140 Adults | £100 Children

WORKSHOP

A specialist workshop exploring a specific aspect of folk culture. Free to summer school students.

The Edge, University of Bath
2pm
£20

STUDENT SESSION

An open session for summer school students to develop their session-playing skills.

The Edge, University of Bath
2pm
FREE

CEILIDH

An exciting open air ceilidh for all ages.

Green Park Station | 6:30pm | FREE


WEDNESDAY 12TH AUGUST


SUMMER SCHOOL

Our five day traditional music summer school, including group classes in flute, fiddle, guitar, mixed instruments and piano accordion. Open to all ages and abilities.

The Edge, University of Bath | 10am – 1pm | £140 Adults | £100 Children

WORKSHOP

A specialist workshop exploring a specific aspect of folk culture. Free to summer school students.

The Edge, University of Bath
2pm
£20

STUDENT SESSION

An open session for summer school students to develop their session-playing skills.

The Edge, University of Bath
2pm
FREE

NEW SHOOTS COMPETITION HEATS 5 & 6

Fresh, upcoming folk acts compete to win a day of recording at the legendary Real World Studios.

The Nest | 7:30pm | £4


THURSDAY 13TH AUGUST


SUMMER SCHOOL

Our five day traditional music summer school, including group classes in flute, fiddle, guitar, mixed instruments and piano accordion. Open to all ages and abilities.

The Edge, University of Bath | 10am – 1pm | £140 Adults | £100 Children

WORKSHOP

A specialist workshop exploring a specific aspect of folk culture. Free to summer school students.

The Edge, University of Bath
2pm
£20

STUDENT SESSION

An open session for summer school students to develop their session-playing skills.

The Edge, University of Bath
2pm
FREE

RSVP BHANGRA

A unique brand of Bhangra music, mixing classic Indian music fused with the very latest in the global music scene.

The Nest | 8pm | £6 adults, £5 students (£7 on the door)


FRIDAY 14TH AUGUST


SUMMER SCHOOL

Our five day traditional music summer school, including group classes in flute, fiddle, guitar, mixed instruments and piano accordion. Open to all ages and abilities.

The Edge, University of Bath | 10am – 1pm | £140 Adults | £100 Children

WORKSHOP

A specialist workshop exploring a specific aspect of folk culture. Free to summer school students.

The Edge, University of Bath
2pm
£20

STUDENT SESSION

An open session for summer school students to develop their session-playing skills.

The Edge, University of Bath
2pm
FREE

CROSSHARBOUR

A dynamic new band emerging from London’s thriving traditional Irish music scene. Fusing well-loved traditional tunes and songs with self-penned material and original arrangements, CrossHarbour are gaining recognition for their highly virtuosic and energetic yet polished performances.

The Nest | 8pm | £6 adults, £5 students (£7 on the door)


SATURDAY 15TH AUGUST


FOLK ON THE CLIFF

Live music and a party atmosphere overlooking the beautiful world heritage city of Bath. Featuring performances from the Bath Folk Youth Band.

Beechen Cliff School | 1pm – 7:30pm | FREE

FABULA RASA | HIMMERLAND

International folk as you’ve never heard it. Both back by popular demand, Fabula Rasa from Hungary and Himmerland from Denmark deliver a bumper evening of electrifying modern folk music.

Beechen Cliff School | 7:30pm | £15 Advance (£17 on the door)


SUNDAY 16TH AUGUST


NEW SHOOTS FINAL | SIMON ALLEN

Finalists from the first six heats of the New Shoots Competition battle it out to win a day of recording at the legendary Real World Studios.

The winner of the Bath Folk Festival New Shoots Competition 2014, Simon Allen will perform the closing set.

The Nest | 4pm | £3






More To Follow

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ACCOMMODATION IN BATH


FESTIVAL CAMPSITE


Our dedicated Bath Folk Festival campsite offers the cheapest camping available in Bath.



LOCATION: Avon Rugby Ground, Hicks Field, London Road, Bath, BA1 7DA
TRANSPORT LINKS: Direct bus to Bath city centre
FACILITIES: Showers, toilets, bar
PRICE: £20 per tent/vehicle per weekend, £30 for the whole festival

The bar will be available for sessions in the evening.

HOTELS




FESTIVAL INFORMATION


Where is Bath Folk Festival held?
Bath Folk Festival takes place at venues across the world heritage city of Bath, North East Somerset.
What makes Bath Folk Festival different?
Bath Folk Festival is not a traditional field-based folk festival. Instead, concerts, sessions, dances and workshops are held at a variety of venues across Bath, so the whole city becomes alive with traditional music, dance and storytelling.

You’ll experience folk culture in unconventional places, and get the opportunity to join in at any of our lively pub and cafe sessions. If you want to develop or improve your own performing skills, you can join us at our week-long traditional music summer school, where you can learn from our world-class tutors.

Your visit to Bath Folk Festival is not confined to a muddy festival field: Bath is a World Heritage City, and whilst you’re here you are free to explore the city’s wide range of museums and attractions, including the Roman Bath Museum and luxury Thermae Bath Spa.

Bath Folk Festival celebrates all flavours of traditional music, from English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh music to Americana, gypsy jazz, French, bluegrass, world folk and more. Whatever your taste, there will be something for you in Bath between 8th – 16th August.

I'm a musician. How can I play at Bath Folk Festival?
 
Bath Folk Festival is run by and for musicians, so there are lots of opportunities to perform and join in with a tune. Here are some of the ways you can take part:

APPLY TO PLAY

We accept applications from acts and their representatives all year round.

We will be closing applications for Bath Folk Festival 2015 on 13th March 2015 and will be in contact by the end of May if we have a suitable slot for you. Subsequent applications will be considered for Bath Folk Festival 2016.

Apply here

ENTER OUR NEW SHOOTS COMPETITION

Our New Shoots Competition aims to find the best upcoming folk talent.

If you are an unsigned act, you can enter the New Shoots Competition for a chance to win a day of recording at Peter Gabriel’s legendary Real World Studios in Box, and a guaranteed spot to play at Bath Folk Festival 2016.

Apply here


JOIN A SESSION

Everyone is welcome to play in our lively festival sessions.

We host a wide range of sessions in venues across the city throughout the festival and we encourage all musicians, singers and storytellers to get involved. Some venues are also welcome impromptu sessions. Check out our session guidelines for more details:

Session Guidelines

BUSK IN BATH

Many of our visiting musicians enjoy busking around Bath.

Tourists and residents in Bath love our vibrant street entertainment culture and this can be a great way to promote yourself whilst visiting Bath Folk Festival. Please check out our busking guidelines for more information about busking in Bath:

Busking Guidelines

I'm a trader. Can I book at pitch at Bath Folk Festival?
 
Bath Folk Festival is a venue-based festival, rather than a field-based festival, so opportunities for vendors are limited. However, we will be hosting several events where pitches will be available:

BATH ARTISAN MARKET

We will be partnering with Bath Artisan Market to provide music and entertainment on Sunday 9th August at Green Park Station.

Bath Artisan Market is a vibrant, monthly, Sunday market that plays host to over 70 stalls selling the best of the west’s upcycled vintage, handmade and art treasures with gourmet food stalls and a craft workshop area.

Apply for a stall

BATH CITY FARM FAMILY FUN DAY

We will be hosting a small arts and crafts market at the Bath City Farm Family Fun Day on Saturday 8th August.

The Bath City Farm Family Fun Day will feature live music, workshops, a treasure trail, bouncy castle and other activities for children and families. We encourage stall applications from local businesses and charities, particularly those based or working in the area surrounding the Bath City Farm.

To enquire about a stall, please contact info@bathfolkfestival.org


FESTIVAL MARKET

We will working with the organisers of the Bath Artisan Market to run a week-long craft and instrument makers’ market at Green Park Station.

If you are a traditional craftsperson, instrument maker or repairer offering ethically sourced products, you are welcome to join us from Monday 10th – Friday 14th August. There will be live music and dance demonstrations throughout the week, creating a unique atmosphere at this great under cover market.

To enquire about a stall, please contact info@bathfolkfestival.org

OPEN AIR CEILIDH

We will be running a free, open air ceilidh at Green Park Station in central Bath.

There will be a restricted number of pitches available for traders selling high quality, ethically sourced street food. The date for the ceilidh will be announced shortly.

To enquire about a stall, please contact info@bathfolkfestival.org

I run a local business. How can I get involved?
 
We’re really keen to involve as many local businesses as possible. Here are some of the ways you can support the festival:

BECOME A SPONSOR

Sponsoring Bath Folk Festival 2015 is a great opportunity to show your support for local live music scene.

Sponsors benefit from a range of opportunities to promote their brand to our growing audiences, including a free advert in the Bath Folk Festival programme, your logo on our website, your banner displayed at key events, free tickets to headline concerts and more.

More information

ADVERTISE IN OUR PROGRAMME

We will be printing 10,000 Bath Folk Festival programmes this year and distributing them across the city.

If you have a product or service that you think will be of interest to our local festival goers or to tourists visiting the city for the festival, please check out our advertising rates and get in touch to book a place in our programme.

More information


HOST AN EVENT

We want to bring live folk music, dance and storytelling to every corner of the city.

If you would like to host an event at your work place, we would love to make that happen. We can arrange public or private performances and sessions in any space, from pubs, cafes and restaurants to museums, offices, art galleries and even hospital wards!

Please contact info@bathfolkfestival.org to arrange an event with us.

PROMOTE BATH FOLK FESTIVAL

We want everyone to know about the fantastic range of events happening throughout Bath Folk Festival 2015.

If you think these events will be of interest to your customers or colleagues, we would be delighted to supply you with colour posters, leaflets and copies of our programme for you to display or distribute at your place of work.

Please contact info@bathfolkfestival.org to request promotional materials.

I'd like to volunteer. Are there any stewarding opportunities available?
 
Bath Folk Festival is run entirely by volunteers and we are always looking for stewards to help us to run our events and the festival campsite.

If you would like to volunteer at Bath Folk Festival 2015, please contact info@bathfolkfestival.org

Bath Folk Festival operates an equal opportunities policy. Some volunteer positions may require a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. Please contact us for more information.



CONTACT US


PLEASE NOTE


Bath Folk Festival is run by a small but enthusiastic team of volunteers. We do our very best to respond to all messages as quickly as possible.

If you are an artist or a manage an act that would like to play at Bath Folk Festival, please complete our artist application form.