Folk Forest goes solo

The Folk Forest at Tramlines
The Folk Forest at Tramlines

The Folk Forest returns for an eighth year this summer in Sheffield but it’s staying in Endcliffe Park and splitting off from Tramlines.

Organisers Regather Co-Op are promising their biggest and best year yet, with a programme of music, local food and drink, arts, crafts and fun for the entire family stretching all the way from Hunters Bar and up the Porter Valley to Shepherds Wheel.

Having been one of the central attractions at Tramlines Festival over the past years, the festival has announced it is is set to operate independently of Tramlines this year.

Festival organiser Gareth Roberts said: “We’ve been very privileged to work alongside Tramlines over the years.

“However over this period we’ve built such a bond with Endcliffe Park that we just couldn’t leave the site to join them at Hillsborough Park where they are set to operate this year.”

Mercury Music Prize-nominated Portico Quartet, Nubiyan Twist, John Smith and Anchorsong with a live string orchestra are among the first wave of announcements for the Folk Forest main stage, in what organisers are calling their best line-up yet.

They’ll join Sheffield favourites Jim Ghedi, The Buffalo Skinners and the ever-popular Sheffield Beatles Project, plus many more.

A second music stage will celebrate the best in local music.

The Folk Forest will also be launching a new partnership with the parent and baby-friendly Concerteenies, who will be hosting a variety of workshops and sensory performances across the weekend for parents with small children aged 0 to three years.

Representing Sheffield’s world-famous real ale and craft beer scene, the Sheffield Brewery Collective will be hosting a beer tent, alongside top quality independent food traders from around Sheffield.

Folk Forest organisers Regather Co-Op will also be showcasing their latest small batch craft beer, fresh from their very own onsite brewery at The Regather Works in Sharrow.

Walk to the café and the free entry, family-friendly Folk Forest Fair will be back, alongside a forest school, children’s tent and play area,

Heritage Craft Workshops will return with opportunities to work with blacksmiths and woodworkers.

The arts and crafts market will be upgraded and enlarged with new guests the Northern Craft Collective, alongside the Site Gallery’s Art Van. The van transforms into an area for drop-in creative activities in music, moving image artwork and live performance.

The Shepherd’s Wheel will host its own programme of storytelling, music and poetry as part of the event.

Tickets for the Folk Forest, which takes place on July 21 and 22, are now on sale for £30 plus £3 booking fee.

Go online at www.thefolkforest.net/tickets/

lThe Sheffield Beatles Project, a 30-piece orchestra who have re-created two classic albums on stage, have announced this week that their next project will be the White Album.

Highlights will be played at the Folk Forest weekend, ahead of a concert on December 15 at the O2 Academy.

Tickets are already on pre-sale and go on general sale tomorrow on www.sivtickets.com.