Hartlepool Folk Festival tickets are on sale now

The Young 'Uns will be performing at Hartlepool Folk Festival.
The Young 'Uns will be performing at Hartlepool Folk Festival.

Hartlepool Folk Festival is set to make waves again with a great line-up of performers and a new venue.

The inaugural festival was held around the Headland last October.

From morris dancing and sea shanties in the streets, to intimate performances on HMS Trincomalee, to pub sessions, ceilidhs and more formal concerts, it’s a fantastic venue for the event

Joan Crump, festival director

This year’s event, which has received another generous grant from Arts Council England, will take place against the backdrop of Hartlepool’s Historic Quay in a new partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool.

“One thing people loved was the villagey feeling of the Headland, and the Historic Quay definitely has that cosy village atmosphere,” said festival director Joan Crump.

“From Morris dancing and sea shanties in the streets, to intimate performances on HMS Trincomalee, to pub sessions, ceilidhs and more formal concerts, it’s a fantastic venue for the event.”

There will also be craft activities, maritime re-enactors and family workshops over the weekend.

Mainstage concerts will take place at the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, including the world’s first-ever Ska Ceilidh.

This year’s festival, from October 21-23, brings together some of the best-loved names in folk with Andy Irvine, BBC Folk Awards Folk Singer of the Year 2015 Nancy Kerr, Hartlepool’s own Young’uns and many more.

Folk fans with a Hartlepool postcode can buy a full weekend ticket for £65, a £25 saving on full-price tickets. Others can save £10 by buying their tickets before September.

The festival is also still accepting applications for volunteer stewards, who get to see events for free.

For tickets and further information, visit www.hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk or call (01429) 299330.