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You are invited to join us for The Derby Folk Festival

Derby City Council is delighted that Derby Folk Festival is returning this year and we would like to invite you and your guests to join us at The Old Bell Hotel on Friday 30 September.


The event begins at 6pm with various performances available across the city centre to enjoy, tickets for these performances are available on request.


Please RSVP to by 5pm on Tuesday 27 September with this information:


  • How many tickets you will require (up to 4 tickets in total)
  • If you wish to attend the Derby Cathedral Concert, From Pub to Pulpit
  • If you would like a ticket for the full evening’s events on the Mick Peat Stage

The festival proudly returns to the city centre for its 16th year and will be hosted between three venues to bring audiences a celebration of folk music as well as dance sets and fringe events.

The event starts at The Old Bell Hotel at 6pm with a welcome chat from Bob Rushton from Bob on Arts and local patron and folk music star Lucy Ward at 6pm.

You then have the choice of:

  • Joining the Welcome Ceilidh at The Old Bell Ball Room
  • Listening to the traditional music session hosted in the Old Bell Tudor Bar
  • Heading to Derby Cathedral to catch some of From Pub to Pulpit (entrance will be likely during the interval)

Following on from this, there will be the chance to watch Treacle City Dance Band and Winter Wilson’s Jukebox in The Old Bell Ball Room. Alternatively, the main concerts from Lucy Ward, Lady Nade and Sound of the Sirens will be performed on the Mick Peat Stage in the Market Place.

Parking information and frequently asked questions can be found on the Derby Folk Festival website. You can also view the trailer on social media.

Friday 30 September marks the opening of Derby Folk Festival, and we would be delighted to offer complementary tickets for you and your guests to the other two days:

Saturday 1 October: A morning of fringe events in The Old Bell Ball Room and Marc Block performing in Derby Cathedral. The afternoon will feature Old Sea Legs, Granny’s Attic, The Pitmen Poets, Bob Fox & Billy Mitchell and Spiers & Boden on the Mick Peat Stage. Elsewhere, The Carrivick Sisters, Janice Burns & Jon Doran and Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage will take to the stage at Derby Cathedral.


Sunday 2 October: To end the festival, Janice Burns & Jon Doran will head to The Old Bell Ball Room along with performances from Baggaley & Varnam, Old Sea legs and Robb Johnson. On the Mick Peat Stage will be one of the first performances of the musical Nelly, along with Jez Lowe, Narthen, Baggaley & Varnam and finally Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman will close the performances.


If you would like complimentary tickets to these events, please email as soon as possible.

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