Hartlepool Folk Festival will be biggest yet, say organisers

Morris men at the Hartlepool Folk Festival last year.
Morris men at the Hartlepool Folk Festival last year.

Music fans are descending on Hartlepool for an annual celebration of folk.

The Hartlepool Folk Festival got underway last night, and is continuing throughout the weekend.

The event brings a lot of revenue and positive feeling to Hartlepool

Joan Crump

The festival site is the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool, home to the Historic Quay and HMS Trincomalee.

Main stage concerts, meanwhile, are taking place at the nearby Town Hall Theatre.

Across the weekend, there will be concerts, worksops, talks, dance displays and sessions, including spaces on the Trincomalee.

Joan Crump, one of the event’s organisers, said: “We did some research last year, and found that 80% of our audiences come from outside Hartlepool.

“They’re not just spending time at the Historic Quay, but also in local pubs spending money and boosting the local economy.

“The event brings a lot of revenue and positive feeling to Hartlepool.

“A lot of people we spoke to last year said that they had never been to Hartlepool before and had only come for the festival, but had such a positive time that they wanted to come back.

“This is the third year of the event and it grows every year.”

The weekend performances will culminate at the Town Hall Theatre tomorrow, with Jon Boden and Lady Maisery to appear on stage, as will the Barrack-Room Ballads.

About 650 people are expected to watch the festival over the weekend.