Ely Folk Festival is ‘possibly’ the best one yet

Ely Folk Festival 2015. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ely Folk Festival 2015. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Organisers of this year’s 30th Ely Folk Festival have claimed it was “possibly the best one yet”.

Rain did not put a dampener on the music or fun at the festival’s final day on Sunday when an array of artists captivated audiences in both marquees.

The three day event got off to a rousing start on Friday (July 10) with blue skies and hot sunshine. Band competition winners Rusty Shackle kicked off the festival with a high energy performance, followed by Steve Tilston.

Marquee 2, saw the local bands showcase event which highlighted the diversity and talent of the area.

Threepenny Bit played to a packed dance floor for the late night ceilidh.


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Day two featured the soulful voice of Hannah Sanders and afternoon swing of New Essex Bluegrass Band and on to the electric sound of Eliza Carthy & the Wayward Band.

Crowds sat on the grass in bright sunshine to enjoy the music while kids had a great time at Jan’s Van & crafts tents.

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Organisers on the festival’s official website said: “It’s been a great festival thanks to the incredible musicians, talented kids entertainers, magnificent volunteer stewards, helpful traders, and of course wonderful festival visitors who ensured the atmosphere was fun, vibrant and chilled-out.

“Now, we get on with the clean-up. Do remember if you’ve got a great photo of the 2015 festival that you think captures the vibe and essence of Ely Folk Festival, enter our photo competition - you could win tickets to the 2016 festival.”

To enter the competition visit: www.elyfolkfestival.co.uk/workshops.asp

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