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11th - 18th August 2017
Broadstairs Folk Week takes place all around the town - around 70 events a day from the first Saturday onwards - concerts, dances, workshops, children's festival.
A Festival ticket is incredible value - if you add up the various events that you will go to in a day - it's a real bargain.
You can buy tickets for single events as well as Festival Day Tickets or Weekend or Week tickets - with or without camping.
The opening weekend is always very busy - but the pace does not really drop during the rest of the week - and the artistes line-up remains very exciting throughout the whole week.
The At A Glance page will be updated later in the year as more acts are booked - and these are not only the 'headliners' but also the equally important musicians and dancers who give the festival its friendly and folkie atmosphere.
Events start on Friday afternoon with a warm welcome at the campsite, concerts, dances, the Singaround and a late night dance and sessions. The first full day of Folk Week is the Saturday and from then until the final Friday there is an absolutely Regular fixtures are: the Hobby Horse Club at the Bandstand, the dances and shows at the Pavilion, the Sailing Club Face the Music, the children’s festival, the workshops and music, song and dance around the pubs.
These are some comments from some performers during 2016:-
A quick note to say thank you for having London Klezmer Quartet back for another klezmer keilidh this year. We had an even better turnout than the first time around, and the atmosphere was really great.
I always get to the end of August and then remember I haven’t contacted you to say, as always, we had a fantastic week, thank you to all “The Team” I don’t know where you get the energy to do it year after year but we are certainly very pleased you do. Mike Nicholson
I just wanted to say a huge thank you on behalf of all of us at Noble Jacks for all your help getting us to folk week!!! We had an amazing time and we were all saying it was one our favourite weekends of the year!
It truly was a pleasure, an honour and a privilege to work for you. What a lovely festival it is. Jez Hellard
we just wanted to say it was lovely to meet you and thanks a million for booking us. We had never been to Broadstairs before and we both fell in love with the place, we had a smashing time, the gigs were great, we made a lot of new friends and caught up with several old ones (and sold a stack of CD's). Winter Wilson
Hi everyone, just to say a big thank you to the whole crew for putting together another fantastic Festival Triality
thank you all in the office for making a great week of it! I think this was one of the best years ever, with an excellent blend of young and established acts and plenty for people to workshop too. Glad to see the lunchtime music session back, with that, the Neptune, the folk club and the woodshed there's something for everyone. The Shed was as full as it could be every day, footfall about 55-60, largely due to an excellent run of guests-thank you! Bob Kenward
Thank you for all the hard work you have done organising Broadstairs Folk Week. The program was masterfully put together and I had a great time listening to some brilliant musicians. ….My own gigging experience at the festival couldn't have gone better. The sound crew were like magicians both times. Both pub gigs I had the privilege of playing to a really attentive audience,…. I got such a positive response from people and made some really great friends. Broadstairs is by far the best festival experience I've had and I'd consider myself very lucky to get to play there again. Sam Jefferson
Thank you for our gig slots at Broadstairs 2016. Simon and I had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere at the Festival Ian Roland
Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you for having us perform for you at Broadstairs Folk Week this year. We had an outstanding time both performing and just enjoying the atmosphere/events. We ended up camped next to some lovely people which always helps and all of the staff/volunteers we met were helpful, polite and efficient which makes a great change from some places. Particular mention must go out to Chris and his team of sound technicians who worked really hard, did a cracking job under a lot of pressure and never missed a beat. Very professional outfit, very well organised and a real pleasure to work with. Also to the guys who helped me break into my car to get our gear out for the Friday gig. I've certainly learned something there, ha ha. Love the 'show must go on' spirit. Something I hold dear to myself. Rumours of Spring
Wanted to give you a chance to catch your breath before I dropped you a line. Just wanted to say thanks once again for having me at Folk Week. I can't tell you how much of a lovely time we had. Lucys highlight was The Turbans though I think Against the Grain got it for me =) Funke & the TwoTone Baby
Thanks for having us back again! Had a lovely few days - really friendly crowds at the gigs, and a lot of fun with the workshops! Hope you managed to enjoy it too.. ;) Against the Grain
I would like to say a big thank you on behalf of Katy and I. We had a great weekend with some lovely little gigs. We met lots of great people and heard some fantastic music. Thanks again for having us along Leo James & Katy Hooper
I just wanted to say Thank You so much for asking us to play for you at Broadstairs Folk Week. We had an absolute ball. Your hard work, which I can only imagine all that entails, certainly pays off and the festival obviously benefits and runs so well. I know though it's a team effort and we can only be truly successful if we have an extremely good team. I am very proud of my team in the band and I know that they loved playing at both venues. They were very different and were enjoyed by them all in totally different ways. The dancers at The Pavilion were up for every number and yesterday we got some lovely feedback from the audience. I know that Marion, Mark and Rick had a blast doing the workshops, with Mark and Ricks groups at the museum joining forces at the end in a jamming section. Loads of fun. Can I last (but not least) thank you for arranging the wonderful accommodation, the "1970's house" took us all back and we had many happy reminiscing discussions. The Jigantics