FREE fringe events at Derby Folk Festival

Derby Folk Festival

Fri 26 Sep 2014

We’re only a week away from the eighth Derby Folk Festival taking place and everything is slowly falling into place – if you’re around the City Centre this time next week you’ll see the City Marquee up and taking over the Market Place! This years’ event has proved so popular that weekend tickets have completely sold out, and there’s a very limited amount of other day/evening tickets available.

Don’t worry though if you’ve not managed to get a ticket, as there are plenty of activities taking place around the City Centre that you don’t need a ticket for and are completely FREE! Come along over the weekend (Fri 3 – Sun 5 Oct) and get involved with the spirit of the festival.

Throughout the Sat and Sun there are a variety of dance displays taking place at various locations across the city centre. You can turn up at any time and watch as the dance groups take to the streets to perform. Below is a list of times the events will be on;

                                          Sat                                          Sun

Market Place                      10am                                     10:30am

Sadlergate                         11:30am, 2:15pm                   11am, 12:30pm, 2pm

St. Peter’s St                     11:30am, 3pm                        11:45am, 1:15pm, 2:30pm

Cornmarket                        10:30am, 1:30pm                   11am, 12:30pm

East St                               12:15pm, 3pm

St. Peter’s Cross                10:45am, 11am,                       1pm, 2pm

                                         12:45pm, 2:30pm


As well as dance, there is also the Free Fringe stage where a variety of performers will take to the stage for small sets throughout Sat and Sun, a full list of performers can be found below;

 Sat 4 Oct

12noon                 Sam Kelly Trio

1:15pm                 Steve Turner

2:15pm                 Sophie Revell

3pm                      Lucille

3:45pm                 Alice Macy

5pm                      Merry Hell (acoustic)

6:15pm                 Mather & Robinson


Sun 5 Oct

12noon                 Luke Whittemore

1:15pm                 Mather & Robinson

2:30pm                 Hannah Howe

3:30pm                 Red Ruff

4:15pm                 Tom Ash

5pm                      Treacle City Trio

6:15pm                 Lucy Ward (solo)


The Annual John Birmingham Cup will take place between 3:30pm – 5pm on Sat at the Old Bell Hotel Brewhouse, the competition to promote songwriters or unaccompanied songs in the folk tradition is always a favourite at the festival!

On Saturday evening there will be fabulous folk music in the relaxed atmosphere of The Book Café between 7pm – 10:30pm. But, if you fancy getting a bit more involved why not take part in the Flashmob Ceilidh? Taking place at 11am on Sat in the Market Place, it’s a great way to get a real feel of the festival!

There will also be a craft fair running throughout the whole of the festival in the Market Place, so why not come and take a look at the unique hand made goods on offer whilst taking in some of the music and dance on offer?

Craft Fair opening times;

Fri  12pm – 9:30pm

Sat 10am – 9:30pm

Sun 10am – 7pm

A leaflet with all the free festival events will be available throughout the weekend, as well as a map of the city centre, so come along and explore!