The Bedford Hotel on the Esplanade is a long established festival venue with popular concerts in their function room and sessions in the bar. Access is via three steps. A wheelchair ramp is available.
Artists appearing at The Bedford Hotel so far include: NANCY KERR & JAMES FAGAN, MARTIN CARTHY, RACHAEL MCSHANE, KIM CARNIE, THE ASKEW SISTERS, BRIAN PETERS, MATTHEW BYRNE, BROOM BEZZUMS, HANNAH RARITY, GRANNY’S ATTIC, ROBB JOHNSON, JEFF WARNER, RAGGED TROUSERS, DAMIEN BARBER, OBT (OAKES, BEWS, THORPE), EILEEN O’BRIEN & CONOR KEANE, KEITH KENDRICK & SYLVIA NEEDHAM, HARBOTTLE & JONAS, THE BROTHERS GILLESPIE, NICK HART. Many more to come.
EFDSS continue to support and co-curate a concert series in the Bedford Hotel featuring emerging young artists including ALICE JONES, KIM LOWINGS, FINN COLLINSON, THE BROTHERS GILLESPIE,NICOLA BEAZLEY, OWEN SPAFFORD & LOUIS CAMPBELL and HARRI ENDERSBY.
EFDSS support extends into Betsy’s Lounge at The Bulverton with Open Mics and Showcases. We also showcase some of the recipients of bursaries presented by EFDSS through its Creative Seed Funding programme including BEN WALKER & ROB HARBRON, GRACE SMITH and THOM ASHWORTH.
Some of the Finalists from the annual New Roots Competition in St Albans; BURDOCK, MISSING RICHARD and MOLLY PIPE will also showcase.
This year the Festival will programme afternoon music and song sessions in Pyne’s Bar at The Bedford Hotel with hosts including JON SHAPLEY, KEITH KENDRICK, JIGFOOT, MRS MIDNIGHT’S, BILL CRAWFORD, THE OLD CHAPEL BAND, HARBOUR LIGHTS TRIO and OUT OF HAND.