Ely Folk Festival is just around the corner!

Children's parade on the festival site

Children's parade on the festival site - Credit: Archant

With less than two weeks to go until the 31st annual Ely Folk Festival final preparations are underway for what promises to be the best festival yet.

The morris procession

The morris procession - Credit: Archant

Held from July 8 to 10 at Ely Outdoor Centre, Downham Road, the festival showcases the best in roots and folk music

The 2016 festival will be opened by this year’s festival band competition winner, Georgia Lewis and Friends. The full line-up includes Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Heidi Talbot, Gigspanner, Wizz Jones, Fred’s House, Keith Donnelly, Rusty Shackle and RURA.

As well as concerts, there will be workshops and three ceilidhs led by bands including Monster Ceilidh Band and Steamchicken.

Fionnuala Lennon, from the festival organising committee, said: “There’s a real buzz about the festival as it’s bigger and better than ever.

“We’ve got a fantastic varied line-up this year with over 30 music acts performing from The Young’Uns who are one of folks hottest properties on Friday night, the distinctly Caribbean influenced vibe of Edward II on Saturday night and some of the best Irish and Scottish musicians around on Sunday night with Altan & Dougie MacLean.

“There’s even more activities and events for kids on the festival site with a distinctly ‘bug’ theme this year, and of course the festival procession around Ely on Saturday morning where around 20 morris teams will dance their way along High Street. “

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Tickets for Ely Folk Festival are still available. Single day tickets start at £24 for Friday and £79 for a weekend ticket. Reduced price tickets are available for concessions and young people; and children under 10 get free entry.

For more information visit www.elyfolkfestival.co.uk