Latest News | 14 March 2022

Derby Folk Festival set to return with stellar line-up

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Derby LIVE has announced that the Derby Folk Festival is set to return this autumn bringing some top acts to the city centre.

Produced by Derby LIVE, in association with Bob on Arts, this year’s festival will run over three days from Fri 30 September to Sunday 2 October.

Last year’s festival, which saw visitors travel from around the UK and Ireland, was a sell-out success.

This year, events will be taking place in venues including Derby’s Market Place, The Old Bell Hotel and Derby Cathedral.

The festival will also be working with Derby Museums’ Museum of Making and QUAD on more activities.

Artists lined up to perform include Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Sound of the Sirens and Spiers & Boden.

Organiser Bob Rushton from Bob on Arts said: “This year’s list of artists continues our long tradition of mixing well-known established acts with those who are newer to the scene.

“We’ve tried to reflect the wide range of genres from across the folk scene and really hope you’ll enjoy it as much we know we’re going to!”

Councillor Ross McCristal, cabinet member for wellbeing, leisure, culture and tourism at Derby City Council, said: “We are pleased to be welcoming back Derby Folk Festival for its 16th year.

“This hugely successful event attracts both residents and visitors from around the UK and beyond, right into the heart of Derby.

“This unique weekend provides a fantastic range of folk events with an ever-growing fan base.

“We’re particularly proud to be involved in this event, as it continues to go from strength to strength working with more cultural partners across the city.”

Tickets are now on sale for the festival. For more information visit

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