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Southdowns Folk Festival

Thursday 20th September 2018 - Sunday 23rd September 2018



Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 September 2018


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Weekend Ticket
£69.50 Full Price / £31.50 Under 16s / £150.50 Family Ticket

Individual Concerts
£20.50 Full Price / £12.50 Under 16s

Studio Sessions
£10.50 Full Price / £5.50 Under 16s


The 6th eagerly awaited SOUTHDOWNS FOLK FESTIVAL takes place in Sunny Bognor Regis from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd September 2018.

We've put together a really ‘wow’ line-up – with our super headliners STEVE HARLEY (Acoustic Trio), TRADarrr with support from KADIA, O'HOOLEY & TIDOW, MERRY HELL, DERVISH plus a wonderful line-up in the studio.


Includes entry to all evening concerts and both afternoon studio sessions. Plus entry to all other events across the Festival.


Buy for either the Saturday or Sunday (or both) and have unlimited entry to the studio concerts between 12pm and 7pm.


Thursday 20 September - 7.30pm

Punningly recalling the assault of the new which Fairport’s 1969 LP represented, this band have re-imagined folk rock, painting from a much larger palette, introducing the tints, tones and textures of a whole panoply of musical genres. Here are the precision percussion, searingly tasteful guitars, melodic basses and fiery fiddles that one associates with the genre. But in addition, one finds brass in truly British styles – the dazzling brightness of Purcell, the oomph of Elgar, the emotive richness of a Yorkshire brass band soloist - but also hints of jazz, trad and modern, and even the occasional mariachi riff, string sections, and countless astute references to a long legacy of pop and rock in its many forms.

With support from - KADIA
Kadia are a fast rising acoustic trio from Dorset who perform a galvanizing mix of traditional folk and cutting edge original songs. Combining cello, fingerstyle guitar, and mandolin with stunning three part harmony, they create rich and uplifting music interspersed with history and storytelling. Their live performances have built them a fearsome reputation, and are often described as “sublime” and “innovative”. Together, Lee Cuff, Chris Bailey, and David Hoyland have gained widespread prestige for creating new and vibrant arrangements of traditional lyrics and stories.


Friday 21 September - 7.30pm

O'Hooley & Tidow
With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2, five star reviews and a feature in The Guardian, the songwriting, voice and piano partnership of Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow is regarded as ‘One of British folk music’s mightiest combinations’ (Mojo Magazine).

Merry Hell
Merry Hell is a band founded on the ever evolving Folk tradition – music made by the people and shared by the people. Though their hearts and souls are tuned to the songs which came before them, they bring new words and music forged from their own experiences, from the lows and the loves of their lives.


Saturday 22 September - 7.30pm

Steve Harley, the original Cockney Rebel, plays an intimate, unique and atmospheric show; subtle lyricism, mingled with great improvisation and rocky rhythms. Steve will be accompanied by his Cockney Rebel band-mates of long-standing - Barry Wickens [violin & guitar] and James Lascelles [piano and percussion].

Expect all-time favourites like Mr Soft, Judy Teen, Mr Raffles, Sebastian, and of course the world-wide classic hit, Make Me
Smile (Come Up And See Me), blending in with more recent tracks from Steve's critically-acclaimed albums.


Sunday 23 September - 7.30pm

Dervish concert performances are a myriad of tones and moods ranging from high energy tunes, played with fluidity and intuitiveness, to beautifully measured songs, from charming lyrics of life and love, to inspiring melodies that lift audiences from their seats.
All the elements are drawn together by Cathy Jordan's masterful stage-presence.


Thursday 20th September 2018
Sunday 23rd September 2018
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Regis Centre
Belmont Street
Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 1BL United Kingdom
01243 861010