Folk event to warm up crowds for Keynsham Music Festival 2015

June 10 2015
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With musical events every night of the week in the run-up to Keynsham Music Festival on July 5, there’s no denying the event has grown hugely in recent years.

With musical events every night of the week in the run-up to Keynsham Music Festival on July 5, there’s no denying the event has grown hugely in recent years.

The biggest development this year will be Saturday afternoon and evening in the park, which will be full of activity and entertainment – introducing Keynsham’s first Folk Festival!

A procession of classic and vintage cars around the High Street and into the park will kick off proceedings on July 4.

Morris and folk dancing will take place throughout the afternoon in Market Walk and in the park, with local and international dance troupes, including Somerset Morris, Mr Wilkins Shilling and Kopenicker Folkloretanzgruppe from Berlin.

The stage in the Performance Tent will welcome some well-known local performers as well as up-and-coming acts from 2pm until late into the evening as the debut folk festival gets under way.

The line-up includes Bath's Inu, The Honeyfire, Helen James and Paul Barclay, Cindy Stratton and more. All-day tickets are available from Keynsham Town Council's offices at 15-17 Temple Street.

At 7pm, the now-traditional Gala Concert with Keynsham Orchestra will begin on the Top Stage.

So with so much going on on the Saturday, it should be a good warm-up for the Sunday when more than 40 acts take to the four stages in the Memorial Park, including BigTopp, The Funkinsteins, Natalie Holmes and Foreign Affairs.

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Festival Week 2015

June 29

  • Music around Temple

Street, including The Ship Inn, Bonzo Lounge and more. 7.30pm.

June 30

  • Midsummer Trio: Chris Docherty, Laura Baker and John Talbot, light classical music, The Old Manor House, 7.30pm, £8.


  • Acoustic music at The Ship

8.45pm, details to be announced

July 1

  • Annalise and Marco at Grounded, instrumental gyspy-jazz duo, 7.30pm.


  • Butterflies Voice Choir Project

Butterflies-Haven's choir gives a live performance, The Space, 7.15pm, £5

  • Early Music with The Cantabile Consort

Chamber choir with pre-performance talk, Victoria Methodist Church, 7.30pm, £7

  • An Audience with Emma Hutchinson

Selection of her own material, Old Manor House, 8.15pm

  • Jelli Records Acoustic Night at The Ship Inn, 8.45pm

July 2

  • Keynsham Film Works screens Whiplash (Cert 15)

The Space, 7.45pm, £5

  • Opera in The Park

Simply Opera perform outdoors at the Park Cafe, 7pm, donations.

  • A Taste of the Eastern Mediterranean

Chai for Three perform world music at Pomegranate, 7.30pm, £15 to include food, free first drink and music.

  • Timeout Stage: A Night of Acoustic Treatment at The Ship Inn

George Jones, Stone Cold Fiction and Just Parsons perform, 8.45pm

  • July 3
  • Acustica at Grounded

Latin-soul trio, 7.30pm

  • A Night of Drum and Bass - Round Two

Timeout Music Nights presents DJs and MCs in two arenas, Keynsham Town FC, 7pm. Tickets from – Early Bird tickets £7, Standard £13, age 15+.

  • Choir at St John's

Wide range of sacred music, 7.30pm, tickets £6/£5 concessions from the Parish Office.

  • Live Simply Event: Adam Lent

Keynsham Action Network hosts a talk on Small is Powerful by the former research officer for the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufacturing, The Park Top Stage Marquee, £6.50

  • Rock at The Trout

Singer and musician Pete Holden, 8.30pm

  • Cinema Under the Stars - Footloose

Film chosen by social media poll, Memorial Park, 10.15pm, donations

Saturday Festival
July 4, afternoon to evening

A procession of Keynsham-owned vintage and classic cars, High Street and into the Park

Traditional and folk dancing on Market Walk and in the Park – including Morris, clog and a guest side from Berlin

Folk and acoustic performers playing all afternoon and late into the evening  in the Performance Tent, all-day entry fee

Festival bar and hot food on site

Gala Concert with Keynsham Orchestra, 7pm

Sunday Festival
July 5, afternoon to evening

  • The main event – forty acts across four stages in Keynsham Memorial Park

Full details at keynsham