Purbeck Folk Festival boosted by top acts

Photo by Sian Court

Photo by Sian Court

First published in News

MUSIC fans flocked to the Purbeck Folk Festival this weekend.

The four-day event, which is hosted at a Wilkswood Farm, near Swanage, boasted a packed schedule of music for the crowds to enjoy.

Beginning on Thursday and running through to Sunday, acts included Sally Barker from The Voice, Nizlopi, Vena Porte and Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker.

Festival director Mick Callaghan said he was delighted the event had attracted so many high quality performers and that the revellers had enjoyed a great few days.

“We think we’ve got 20 to 25 per cent more people here this year than last,” he added.

“Last year we had 2,000 so it should be around 2,400 this time round.

“The atmosphere has been terrific. We seem to get people coming back year after year because they know what they are going to get.

“The audience are really responsive and we have had a varied programme of acts.

“It is a festival where music really is the main focus.

“The weather has held out too which has helped.”

In total 80 acts took to the stage for the annual festival’s sixth year.

The fancy dress theme for this year was the letter P, which saw visitors sport costumes ranging from priests to pirates before taking part in a parade.

There was also an on-site cinema, workshops, a pig roast and a kids’ activity pen.

For those wanting to sample a drink, there was a beer festival with more than 70 local real ales and ciders on offer.

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6:08pm Sun 24 Aug 14

DemonDiva says...

Wonderful to see Eddi Reader has been singing down south again. Amazing voice that hasn't changed since I watched her fronting Fairground Attraction 22 years ago at what is now the Lighthouse in Poole.
Wonderful to see Eddi Reader has been singing down south again. Amazing voice that hasn't changed since I watched her fronting Fairground Attraction 22 years ago at what is now the Lighthouse in Poole. DemonDiva
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