One of the oldest music festivals in the country returns with a broad, eclectic mix of folk and many other styles
Soak up some mellow, rootsy vibes at the Ely Folk Festival, taking place 13 to 15 July. A bijou shindig in the heart of the Cambridgeshire Fens, the weekend will serve up great live music, kids’ activities, a real ale bar and workshops.
The bill this year includes local heroes Ezio, plus the dynamic Celtic stylings of 3 Daft Monkeys (above) and the heavenly harmonies of The Willows, amongst many others. Part of the charm of this festival is its small size and intimate atmosphere, and the event offers opportunities to see artists in ‘unplugged’ sessions and workshops.
There’s also yoga and Morris dancing, plus plenty to keep little ones out of trouble. Onsite camping is available and tickets start at £85 for weekend adult tickets and £29 for children aged 12-17 years; children under 12 years go free if accompanying a ticket-buying adult.
This image: Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening headline on Sunday evening, 15 July