The Folk Forest returns for Summer 2019

The Folk Forest returns for Summer 2019

18 June 2019

The Folk Forest festival returns for its ninth year this summer in Sheffield, set in a stunning river and woodland location at Endcliffe Park. Taking place 6 - 7 July 2019, organisers Regather are promising their biggest and best year yet with five music stages, locally-produced food & drink, arts, crafts and fun for the entire family.

The line-up includes: Roy Ayers – Among the world’s most iconic musicians and godfather of the Neo-Soul; Yussef Dayes – One of the UK’s most exciting drummers and one half of electrifying duo Yussef Kamaal (on Giles Peterson’s Brownswood records); Lau – From the epicentre of the new folk boom and BBC Folk Award best band winners 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013; and Honeyfeet -Melting down blues and pop, jazz and disco.

They join Sheffield favourites The Sheffield Beatles Project -this time performing the legendary Abbey Road in full; and Oh Papa - Currently enjoying coverage on BBC Radio One for their dreamy Californian sound, plus many more. The Folk Forest prides itself on being a very family-friendly festival, with 2 dedicated stages to go along with the forest school, kids’ area, craft activities and workshops.

The Concerteenies Stage exclusively for 0-3 year olds and their grown-ups gives audiences the unique opportunity to hear live, quality music in a baby-and-toddler-friendly environment, with informal introductions and set alongside sensory activities for little ones, including bubbles, colourful ribbons and little-hands percussion. Sheffield’s Site Gallery returns for their ‘Introducing’ stage and Video Art Tent, presenting a fantastic line-up of contemporary performance, music and video art, commissioned and selected by and for young people in Sheffield.

All activity will be curated and produced in collaboration with the Society of Explorers, Site Gallery's art collective of 14-19 year olds who are encouraging young people to express their interest via www.sitegallery.org. Other attractions include: a forest school run by Middlewood Nature Nursery, with free positive outdoor experiences in the woods; a kids’ area packed full of activities and organised games; and an expanded arts & crafts market with some of the best local craftspeople showcasing their work.

The popular Heritage Craft Workshops will return, meaning opportunities to work with and learn from some of the finest crafts people in the area, including blacksmiths, woodworkers, and wool spinners. Workshops can be booked in advance at www.folkforest.net 

As usual you can expect Sheffield’s world-famous beer scene on full display in various beer tents, with Kelham Islands Stancill Brewery as the official drinks partner. The event will also feature a wide range of top-quality independent food traders from across Sheffield. Folk Forest organisers Regather will also beshowcasing their latest small batch craft beer and seasonal cider, fresh from their very own onsite brewery at The Regather Works.

New for 2019 is the Tree Fayre - a celebration of all things tree! This new area will provide opportunities to meet tree scientists, artists, climbers and thinkers, and be amazed and inspired by Britain’s biggest plants. Join them for a programme of walks, talks and things to do, all about trees, woodlands and the wildlife that inhabits them.

Regather’s co-op structure and focus on local, independent values-driven business models is a major part of the festival and the people involved, with the event celebrating the best of Sheffield, local partners, suppliers and traders.  For more information visit: www.thefolkforest.net