WIN: Warwick Folk Festival returns for 40th anniversary

A BIG event on Warwick’s music calendar this year will see Billy Bragg return to headline the hugely popular Warwick Folk Festival from Thursday, 25th – Sunday, 28th July.

And one lucky winner will find themselves in the thick of the action with this great tickets giveaway. ChalmersNewsPR has teamed up with Warwick Folk Festival to offer a pair of day tickets worth £98.

The successful family-friendly festival, back for its milestone 40th anniversary, will bring together leading names from around the world including Skerryvore, Karan Casey, Calan, Will Pound & Eddy Jay, Breabach, O’Hooley & Tidow and Nancy Kerr for a four-day music and dance extravaganza.

The Festival, at Warwick School, has something for everyone from dedicated folk fans to music lovers and covers a wide range of tastes and styles including blues, rock, country and funk. 

Visitors can enjoy a full programme of energetic ceilidhs, concerts, singarounds, dance, intimate acoustic performances or full-on gigs. Attractions also include a beer tent, craft stalls, learn a new skill sessions, street food and wine and cocktail bar.

There’s also a full programme of activities for 12 – 18 year olds and spectacles that spill into the town’s streets, including dance displays, pub music sessions and open air concerts.

Billy Bragg will perform on the Thursday in the main marquee. Honoured with the PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music award at the Ivor Novello awards in 2018, he is regarded as a valuable statesman. Billy will be supported by ‘hypnotically original’ new folk collective Bird in the Belly. Singers should seek out the Big Sing, and for the party animals, Spa Strummers return to their late night slot in the festival bar. Mick Ryan’s Folk Opera ‘Here at the Fair will delight all with a strong cast of folk favourites.

On the Friday Ceilidhs get underway with Random and Urban Folk Theory, plus Skerryvore will get everyone on their feet. Festival patron Will Pound brings his harmonica skills to duet with Eddy Jay’s masterful accordion. Trials of Cato return after wowing audiences last year: “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Folk Show.

On Saturday audiences can listen to the award-winning Scottish sounds from Breabach, celtic bluegrass with Bella, Polly and the Magpies, ‘brave and beautiful’ song from O’Hooley & Tidow, tender love tales and impressive virtuosic guitar playing from critically acclaimed Blair Dunlop, and high energy ceilidh with Tautas Roks and the inimitable folk heavy metallers Glorystrokes.

On the Sunday there will be infectious rhythms from Welsh Calan, a rare chance to hear one of the most innovative voices of the Irish tradition: Karan Casey, the brilliant Banter, reinvented global sounds with Kabantu, the hilarious Bar Steward Son’s of Val Doonican and, who knows what Keith Donnelly might have planned after 2018’s Songs of Abba!

Dick Dixon, Festival Director said: “We are delighted to be celebrating our special 40th year and want everyone to come and enjoy that special Warwick Folk Festival magic. We have something for everyone, whether it’s great music, camping, workshops, singing, dancing and sessions at what is one of the friendliest and established folk festivals around. Billy is an exciting addition to a line-up that celebrates the full range of the eclectic folk world along with the rest of our superb award-winning folk stars.”

To help celebrate their 40th year the organisers are asking people to send in photographs capturing memories of earlier festival moments such as engagements, births, chance meetings that have sparked musical and personal projects and generations growing up with the festival. Please send images to: or via Facebook at

Tickets can be booked online. For more information visit

To enter just send your name and email address through my contact page here.

Winner announced on Monday, March 18th here and on social media.

Terms & Conditions: The day ticket can be used on any day of the festival.
The winner must agree to being named on social media.


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