The Bulverton is the hub for high energy festival action each night from 7pm through ‘til the early hours. The standing venue features dynamic evening roots shows, 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. There are exciting plans for developments across the Bulverton site so look out for more news.
Confirmed artists so far include:
Sidmouth favourites, these Highland trailblazers draw on a dazzling myriad of influences from jigs and reels through dance music, jazz, African, and more. They bring the sound of Scotland – fresh-faced and breathless – to the new audiences around the world. Their mainly instrumental music explores exciting themes and soundscapes, as well as locking into a trademark hypnotic ‘Celtic Dance’ sound that no-one can resist moving to!
Upbeat rock-steady rhythms, blazing horns, fabulous harmonies and fiery melodeon melodies promise to keep this night rocking. An English roots band that uniquely blend the rhythms and songs of the traditional music of the Caribbean and the UK, celebrating the similarities between the two and the long-standing links between the evolution of the two traditions.
LIVE SILENT CEILIDH with URBAN FOLK THEORY
Fantastic folk musicianship meets technology in a full tilt dance extravaganza. The Urban Folk Theory are back to bring their shiny Silent Live Ceilidh Band to Sidmouth with top trad tunes played live versus classic and ground-breaking dance, pop, reggae, folk and just plain awesome tracks re-mixed specifically for the ceilidh. Two channels, two worlds of dance, one Sidmouth! Bring your dancing shoes, people.
GRACE PETRIE with Ben Moss
Grace Petrie stands out as one the most important songwriters working in the UK today with an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. She’s toured arenas with Frank Turner, has done a prestigious live session on the BBC Radio 2 Jo Whiley Show and reached the top 40 in the UK album charts in autumn 2021 with her new album ‘Connectivity’. ‘She’s the urgent, pulsing, compassionate talent this world desperately needs.’ The Observer
Sheelanagig have been bringing their barn-storming, foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe for over a decade. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West England create a real dynamic, inherent in both their furious, grooving dance medleys and their originally arranged original pieces.
JOSHUA BURNELL & BAND
Revamped with a new sound, look and album, Joshua and his incredible band eagerly return to the stage. Having cut his teeth playing the folk festivals of the UK and releasing two albums of traditional songs, Joshua now returns to his original songwriting, exploring themes from traditional folk fused with his dynamic brand of retro pop-infused folk.