Chris Wood to headline Brighton & Hove Folk Festival 2021

Brighton and Hove Folk Festival poster by Chris Riddell

Six time BBC Folk Award winner Chris Wood has been announced as the headliner for Brighton and Hove’s first folk festival. Established local promoters Folkroom have announced their full line-up for the festival, which takes place at The Brunswick in Hove on September 11th 2021. As well as the critically-acclaimed Chris Wood the festival will see performances by established traditional folk acts like Bird in the Belly and Frankie Armstrong, and upcoming contemporary musicians including Ellie Gowers and Ringlefinch. As an added bonus, renowned illustrator and political cartoonist Chris Riddell is a patron of the festival and will be live-drawing to the music across the day.

Announcing the full line-up, Folkroom’s Stephen Rötzsch Thomas says: “We’ve been working hard to build a line-up that captures everything we love about the folk scene today. It was important to bring audiences a real mix of traditional and contemporary artists because folk music is as much about the stories that we bring to the world as it is those we hold onto from the past.

“This line-up also celebrates the sounds of the Sussex folk scene, showing off the wealth of talent in the local scene. Many of these artists, including Jacko Hooper, Hickory Signals and Naomi Bedford & Paul Simmonds have been key voices in promoting the scene over the years, so it’s an honour to have them on the bill for the festival.”

There are only 35 tickets left for the festival, which takes place on 11th September.

The full festival line-up as announced is:

Amateur Orchestra, Ben Walker, Bird in the Belly, Chalk Horse Music, Chris Riddell, Chris Wood, Dryadic, Ellie Gowers, Emily Mae Winters, Forty Elephant Gang, Frankie Armstrong, Hickory Signals, Jack Harris, Jacken Elswyth, Jacko Hooper, Kate Stapley, Kirsty Merryn, Laura Hockenhull & Chloe Overton, Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds, Patch & the Giant, Thom Ashworth

Tickets are on sale now at

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