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..."the best gig on the North Sea..." - Dave Pegg

Urgent Announcement - 31st July

Just in case anyone has read the ill thought out  article in the Eastern Daily Press for which I have requested an apology, I wish to confirm that 'Folk on the Pier' has not moved to my village in Overstrand as 'Folk on the Strand' is a pilot project apart from the fact that I will be working with Cromer festival favourites and using the 'Folk on the...' branding so to speak !

Scott Butler

Announcement - 29th July

Further to my recent post regarding 'Folk on the Strand' I have decided to extend the release of individual concert tickets until Friday 14th August. As with 'Folk on the Pier' this allows patrons who wish to travel to and stay in North Norfolk to purchase a full set for the weekend. Scott Butler - Festival Director

The programme will be as follows:

Friday 17th September - all seats £14.00

7.15pm - Doors
7.30pm - Richard Digance (plus Johnny Steinberg - Support)

Saturday 18th September - all seats £14.00

1.45pm - Doors
2.00pm - Kevin Dempsey & Joe Broughton (plus Joe & Mary - Support)

Saturday 18th September - all seats £14.00

7.15pm - Doors
7.30pm - Banter with Special Guests (plus Anto Morra - Support)

Sunday 19th September - All seats £14.00

1.45pm - Doors
2.00pm - The Spikedrivers (plus Hayley Moyses - Support)

Sunday 19th September - All seats £8.00

7.45pm - Doors
8.00pm - 'The East Anglian Concert' featuring Rattlebox and The Bounty Hounds.


Announcement - 22nd JULY

The main concerts from 17th to 19th September at the Belfry Centre in Overstrand will be Friday evening featuring Richard Digance with support from Johnny Steinberg, Saturday 18th afternoon featuring Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton with support from Joe and Mary, Saturday evening features Banter with Special Guests plus support from Anto Morra and Sunday afternoon features the Spikedrivers plus support from Hayley Moyses . Finally, a special East Anglian concert on Sunday evening will feature Rattlebox from Norfolk and the Bounty Hounds from Suffolk.

Tickets are limited to sixty per concert and on sale initially as a full set of five concerts only from the ‘Folk on the Pier’ shop on the website until Friday 14th August. Any leftover after that will then be offered individually from the Belfry Arts Centre. Tickets bought individually would cost a total of £64.00 whereas a full set are discounted to £60.00. Again, concerts will be limited to 60 tickets and any Covid recommendations prevailing at the time will be adhered to. Please go to this link to purchase your set:
There will also be a small number of other events taking place over the weekend and there will be more news soon on this. I also take great pleasure in announcing that Richard Digance will be pulling out and announcing the winning tickets of our (now physical) prize draw at his concert on Friday 17th September! With this in mind we are extending the closing date until Thursday 16th September which will give those who have yet to enter a chance of winning and of course helping the festival.

Folk on The Pier 2020 & 2021 saved for 2022 

Following its inevitable postponement in 2020, Cromer’s popular music festival had hoped to be taking place at the town’s Pavilion Theatre on 7, 8 and 9 May in 2021. However, despite the crossing of many fingers for some months now, sadly Boris Johnson’s recent announcement of the Government’s ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ strategy regarding the Covid-19 crisis has forced the organiser to consider certain options for this year. With many hours of provisional negotiations already in hand, festival curator Scott Butler has worked tirelessly to secure the original line-up of artists booked for the 2020/2021 event to be the line-up that will make Folk on the Pier a special event in 2022. The new dates for the event will be 6, 7 and 8 May 2022.

Scott explains ‘the longer the latest lockdown continued and despite the roll out of the vaccine, it remained uncertain whether certain types of events could take place at their normally full capacity for the foreseeable future, and I felt it was unfair for the many loyal fans to be kept in the dark about any plans. With many coming from afar, as usual accommodation and travel needed to be arranged, so making the announcement now relieves them of those concerns’.

Renowned as ‘the best gig on the North Sea’, the event attracts a plethora of well-known and up-and-coming folk, folk-rock and acoustic artists from across the UK. ‘The line-up for 2020 was always going to be a special line-up; I am totally overwhelmed that those artists have such faith in Folk on the Pier that they have been willing to commit to a second postponement’.

With the unchanged line-up now in place, Scott and the Pavilion Theatre management are keen to reassure fans who had already purchased weekend passes for the original 2020 event, as well as individual concerts, that their tickets are valid for the same seat bookings in 2022.

The line-up is once again a ‘who’s who’ of award winners. Among the headliners are BAFTA Nominated TV Entertainer of the Year and The British Academy Gold Award of Composers recipient Richard Digance, and Wizz Jones who picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

The ever-evolving Demon Barbers XL also won a BBC Radio Award for Best Live Act will present their new show ‘Rise Up’ and as always festival Patron Ashley Hutchings MBE who has been the recipient of numerous awards will present one of his latest special projects for the festival.

But it is not all about award winners – supporting acts include festival favourites the  Gerry Colvin Band, Feast of Fiddles, the Spikedrivers, Kevin Dempsey, Alan Reid, and the Urban Folk Quartet; plus newcomers to the Cromer Pier theatre - Linda Watkins, Martin Harley, Ninebarrow and the Redhills. Also making their first appearance at the festival are local acts Alden, Patterson & Dashwood, the Shackleton Trio and Klezmerized!

To close the festival on the Sunday evening is 'the band without whom' there would not be a Folk on The Pier - Fairport Convention. Little did they know when they invented British folk-rock that it would become the inspiration for what has become a very popular and enduring music festival. 

Individual and season tickets tickets are now back on sale from the Pavilion Theatre box office: Ticketsolve - Cromer
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Scott Butler - Festival Director

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The Folk on the Pier store is now open!

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