The last decade has seen a considerable revival of folk festivals in the UK. Besides the Bob Dylan nostalgia, new and diverse acts have emerged, such as Devendra Banhart and King Creosote. Therefore, the UK folk festivals scene is a fusion of new brands of balladeers and strummers and the traditional folk. So, there’s undoubtedly something for both the young and old to enjoy. The following are some of the popular festivals in the UK.
The Big Tent Festival
Big Tent is a two-day festival that takes place in July in Fife. First held in 2005 as a response to the G8 summit in Gleneagles, the event features music, art, and all things green. The film screenings and debates focus on environmental issues, including biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable living. This is a must-attend festival for the folky at heart.
Green Man Festival
Set in Brecon Beacons, Wales, Green Man remains one of the most outstanding folk-oriented festivals in the world. For a long time, the event boasts a stellar line up of acts and performers such as the folk guru Bert Jansch and Robert Plant. In addition to musical events, there are other fun-filled ventures to keep participants going. They're also sure to enjoy the verdant scenery of the Beacons.
Cambridge Folk Festival
Since its conception in 1964, when Paul Simon performed to a crowd of 1,400 people, the Cambridge Folk Festival has remained vibrant. It continues to evolve into one of the most popular folk festivals in the world. Some of the famous acts to grace the festivals are James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Toots & The Maytals, and Joan Baez.