Purbeck Folk Festival Preview

Returning for a sixth year the Purbeck Folk Festival brings an eclectic mix of local, national and international stars.

Gigsandbands.com have been invited over to cover the whole event and internet allowing we'll be tweeting and posting until you're heartily sick of us.

Here we present our picks of what promises to be a busy but ultimately satisfying bank holiday weekend

Friday kicks off the festival with a great mix of old and new delights.

Three times BRIT award winner Eddi Reader headlines and no doubt the ex-fairground attraction songstress will be giving us some new stuff from her new EP.

JCB band Nizlopi are also on the bill on Friday which we are particularly looking forward to.

Alongside these luminaries we also have home favourites Tim Somerfield, Drew Allen, Beth Johnstone and the Jack Ratts as well as tons of other bands that I can't be bothered to google.

Friday is looking like a great start to the weekend so get there early and take advantage of the beer festival.

Saturday looks like a cracking day with The South, Idlewild and Gigspanner all of which we like and will be watching.

Local acts include the magnificent and not a little barking Mother Ukers ably assisted by Kadia and the lovely Kaia Viera

My pick of Sunday is most deffo Coco and the Butterfields. They are awesome. Sort of folky indie but with beatboxing and mucho jumping around these are ones not to miss.

Honourable mentions go of course to Lloyd Cole, Blair Dunlop and Caravan of Theives.

Do not however miss the excellent Fearne or indeed Will McNicol.  Also holding up the local music end of the deal are Kadia, Jimmy Hillbillies & Krista Green 

Did I mention there's a beer festival?

Friday Line up

At the time of writing no one has any idea what order people will be appearing in.


My suggestion is that this is a festival so you need to chill out and go with the flow.

Appearing Friday are:

Eddi Reader, Nizlopi, Martha Tilston Band, Furrow Collective, ODi, Dan Whitehouse, Moscow Drug Club, Flats & Sharps, Macaferri Club, Winter Mountain, Murphy’s Lore, Drew Allen, Big Tent & the Gypsy Lantern, Kadia, Beth Johnstone, Tim Somerfield, East Creek Union, Djambo, The Jack Ratts, Threadbare Ravens, Tred, Aimee McKenzie



Saturday line up

again we don;t know timings but if you chill, check out the beer tent, have a burger then mooch around a bit you're bound to come up against some great music


Look at this lot;

The South, Idlewild Acoustic, Sally Barker, Sarah Savoy, Phil King Band, Gigspanner, Martha Tilston Band, Roving Crows, John Langan Band, Gren Bartley Band, 4Square, ODi, Lizzie Nunnery, Louise Jordan, Threepenny Bit, Sarah Savoy (workshop), Sound of the Sirens, Macaferri Club, Big Tent & the Gypsy Lantern, Kadia, Mother Ukers, Catherine Burke Band, Feral Beryl, Kaia Vieira, Aimee McKenzie

Super Sunday

Did I mention there's a beer tent? Well there is.

You know the drill. We don't know times but we do know it's going to be good.

Line up Sunday;

Turin Brakes, Lloyd Cole, Blair Dunlop, Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo, Caravan of Thieves, Coco & the Butterfields, Chris Wood, Amadou Diagne Band, Vena Portae, Gren Bartley Band, Alex Roberts, Tinderbox, Polly Paulusma, Fearne, Aimee MacKenzie, Ian Brown, Will McNicol, Flats & Sharps, Gill Sandell, Emily Barker (solo), Tori Read, Kate Lomas, The Jimmy Hillbillies, Ceilidh Band, Quinns Quinney, Krista Green, Inu

Tickets n stuff

Until August 20 weekend tickets (Fri-Sun) include free camping are on sale at just £100 (£50 12-17 years, £20 4-11 years, under 4s free). Day camping is available on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at £10 a night on arrival. (so weekend tickets are a deal, Get in quick)

You couldn't get a better location as the festival is located in the village of Langton Matravers between Corfe Castle and Swanage. It's easy to get to, there's buses and roads and stuff and you can even cycle there (I've done it more than once).

Go on you know you want to

Box office: 023 8071 1818 or online at www.purbeckfolk.co.uk

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