Like folk music? Live in London (or somewhere where you can get to London easily)? You, friend, will surely dig the London FolkFest. Now in its fifth year, the event returns to the Bedford in Balham, where you can enjoy a fine mix of contemporary to traditional folk and everything in between. A seminar and workshop programme also takes place over the weekend, and the whole thing culminates in a free Sunday all-dayer.
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I attended the opening night of London Folkfest 2016. It delivered way beyond my expectations. Live music was available constantly over three stages.The quality of the acts was superb , and the audience was visibly and audibly "up for it" . If you don't know The Bedford , its a pub worth discovering , with a big public bar area as well as the festival spaces. Good local beer ( Sambrooks ) is on tap , as well as decent food at very reasonable prices. At Folkfest its the music that makes it great. Highlights for me were Hunter and the Bear , The Beaubowbelles , Fraser Churchill, Harry Pane and Hattie Briggs . I now have a stash of new CDs as I wanted to take the music home. I am certainly returning over the weekend, and have just bought two wristbands for my son who is studying music. This festival is just too good to miss.
An awesome line up of artists. I have seen many play elsewhere.
I love the venue too. The Bedford at Balham is one of my favourite live music hang-outs.
I am going to be there on Thursday and Friday.
See you there !