Top Folk Festivals Around the World

Folk festivals have their own unique place in the world of music events. Even the most famous music festival of all, Woodstock, was ostensibly a folk festival, and there are those that are adamant that the humble folk festival started the whole music festival chain of events off.

There is something quite endearing to folk festivals, they still have that home-made feel to them and are completely family friendly, which you cannot say about most rock and pop festivals. In the last couple of decades there has been somewhat a revival in folk music, and it is shedding its stale 60s image. Acts such as King Creosote, and Devendra Banhart are putting folk music back on the map. In Britain this has kicked off a new festival scene and here are some of the best.

The Big Tent Festival

Scotland hosts the Big Tent Festival in Fife, and came about as a response when the G8 summit was held in nearby Gleneagles fourteen years ago. Strictly speaking this is not just a music festival as the issues of all things green tend to be the most important influence. The festival focuses on sustainable issues and has workshops on how to live with more responsibility to the environment. Top acts that have appeared here have been, The Fence Collectiveand King Creosote.

Green Man Festival

We travel from Scotland to Wales for our next festival which is set in the beautiful Brecon Beacons. As folk festivals go in the UK this is probably the most popular and well established. There have been some top performers that have played on the stage at Green Man including Bert Jansch and Robert Plant. Due to perform in 2019 is James Yorkston, Caribou, and Laura Marling. Many festival goers take advantage of the wonderful landscape of this most beautiful part of the world when the bands are not playing.

Cambridge Folk Festival

This popular festival dates back to 1964, when Paul Simon played at the inaugural event just to fourteen hundred fans. Today the Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the longest running and famous folk festivals in the world. And during its lengthy tenure some of the biggest names in popular music have appeared there. Although the music policy is quite open this festival sticks to its folk roots, but some of the artists that have appeared include Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Jaon Baez, Ry Cooder, and John Martyn.

Fairport’s Cropedy Convention

One of the most influential folk bands of the 60s and 70s has to be Fairport Convention, and the band was responsible for starting this Oxfordshire festival in the early 1970s.

Since then the festival has grown bigger and bigger from a one-day event to its current format of three days. The festival regularly attracts over twenty thousand fans from all over the UK, and the lineups of artists are getting stronger and stronger. Recent performers include, The Levellers and Supergrass and more top bands are scheduled to perform this year in front of an expected record crowd.


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