The Bulverton is party central at Sidmouth Folk Festival: a buzzing hub of activity each night from 7pm through ‘til the early hours. The standing venue features energetic evening roots shows and dance parties, Late Night Extra ceilidhs, early doors sessions with special catering/bar deals and a post-LNE Betsy’s Lounge, the social space dedicated to relaxation and late night playing and singing.
Note: The Bulverton is a standing venue. There is seating in Betsy’s Lounge which is adjacent to the venue but there are no sightlines to the stage from this seating.
Confirmed artists so far include:
What should you expect from legendary Scottish trailblazers Peatbog Faeries, from the Isle of Skye? How about…? “Nothing prepares you for the high octane music of the Peatbog Faeries. Powerful melodies are dextrously pumped out with a smart degree of techno attitude, while cross-rhythms ricochet over a heavy bass that hits you forcefully like a massive heart beat.” The Scotsman
Some bands are meant to be. The Anglo-French acoustic dance band Topette is one such…a collective of uninhibited musical adventurers (Andy Cutting, Julien Cartonnet, James Delarre, Tania Buisse and Barnaby Stradling) playing self-penned and traditional music from anywhere with a winning mix of bonhomie and grit. Impossible not to dance to!
Banter are rooted in English traditional dance music but incorporate influences of pop, jazz, soul and big band sounds. Simon Care on melodeon, Nina Zella on keyboards and vocals and Tim Walker on percussion and brass offer up an upbeat, danceable concert set for the opening night!
Taking a break from the Robert Plant musical juggernaut, and with his ninth studio album The Well Worn Path under his arm, charismatic Dartmoor singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman heads out with a new band line-up. No-nonsense, organic folk-rock, ignited by Seth’s trademark foot-stomping, fiddle bow-shredding and soaring vocals. The BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner’s previous albums include Mercury Prize nominated ‘Kitty Jay’ and the gold-selling ‘Freedom Fields’.
SAM KELLY & THE LOST BOYS
An intoxicating mix of youthful exuberance and instrumental virtuosity, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys breathe new life into traditional music, letting it rub shoulders with contemporary originals and even the occasional surprise rock cover.
BLACKBEARD’S TEA PARTY
Blackbeard’s Tea Party celebrate their 10th anniversary with a whole evening at The Bulverton culminating in a Late Night Extra: expect outlandish outfits, costume changes, DIY props, unhinged stage antics and chaotic choreography all add up to an engaging, high-octane show that frequently leaves audiences wanting more.