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After a challenging couple of years for the industry, it’s been heartening to see so many iconic festivals finally making a full comeback this summer. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the fun was all over with the impending summer’s end, but Hartlepool’s legendary Folk Festival is making a long overdue full comeback after an understandably challenging two years.

From Friday 30th September-Sunday 2nd October the festival will return to its previous multi-venue form, with the main stage returning to the 1200-capacity Borough Hall, and shows also being played at the nearby Royal Museum of the Royal Navy, and even on board the HMS Trincomalee (the oldest war ship in Europe!).

As always, the line-up is a staggering who’s-who of the burgeoning folk universe, with headliners including Edward II, Flook, Urban Folk Quarter, Daoirí Farrell, Melrose Quartet, Urban Folk Quartet, Hannah James & Toby Kuhn, Nick Hart, Sam Carter, The Shackleton Trio, Sam Baxter, Ríoghnach Connolly and Banter, alongside a staggeringly extensive selection of other artists, and entertainment including plays, interactive workshops, dance events and even cabaret!

Hartlepool Folk Festival takes place from Friday 30th September-Sunday 2nd October at various venues in Hartlepool.

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