The best folk festivals this summer

Sit back, relax and tune up your acoustic guitar for 2014's folk festivities

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This year's folk offerings include a mix of contemporary and traditional vibes, with everything else in-between. Take your pick from soaking up some intimate music sets, getting stuck into a craft workshop, or getting on down at a bicycle-powered disco. It's up to you, folks!

Check out the best folk festivals of 2014

Cambridge Folk Festival

Line-up includes Van Morrison, Sinéad O'Connor, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Richard Thompson, Rosanne Cash, Afro Celt Sound System, Cara Dillon, Loudon Wainwright III, The Full English, Pokey LaFarge, Peggy Seeger, Jason Isbell, Sarah Jarosz, plus more TBA.

What's the deal? The daddy of UK – and arguably, European – folk festivals returns with another round of enticing artists and an easygoing, slightly hippy-ish vibe. The emphasis is on established/traditional talent, rather than nu-folk fare, and it's a mild-mannered festival, where folding chairs are encouraged rather than scoffed at.

  1. Cherry Hinton Hall Grounds Cherry Hinton Rd, Cambridge, CB1 8DW
  2. Thu Jul 31 - Sun Aug 3
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Moseley Folk Festival

Line-up includes Johnny Marr, Thurston Moore, The Felice Brothers, The Waterboys, Richard Thompson, plus more TBA.

What's the deal? Moseley's contribution to the festival circuit is an intimate affair with a friendly atmosphere. As you'd expect from the title, there's plenty of folksy vibes floating around, but this event isn't a one-trick pony – alternative and eclectic sounds come from ex-Smiths strummer Johnny Marr and Sonic Youth's Thurson Moore, as well as more traditional folk and blues from The Waterboys and Richard Thompson.

  1. Moseley Park
  2. Fri Aug 29 - Sun Aug 31
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July

London really comes to life as Lovebox, Wireless and British Summer Time kick off in the capital this month

August

Party like you're sixteen again at Reading festival or enjoy the more chilled, homely vibe of Wilderness

September

This summer's festival season concludes with the likes of Bestival and Reload Festival

Further ahead

Summer may have come to an end, but that doesn't mean the party's over. Check out festivals taking place this autumn

See our monthly guide to this summer's festivals

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