Bristol Folk Festival is a not-for-profit social enterprise which has grown into one of the UK’s best known and loved May Day weekend festivals.
Bristol has a well-deserved reputation as a centre of innovative and influential music-making and has a thriving live music scene. The city has been home to acts ranging from the Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra through trip-hop pioneers Portishead to the drum’n’bass of Roni Size’s Reprazent. Equally vibrant is the city’s grass-roots music community: every night of the week there is a traditional music session, open mic night or folk club where anyone can get up from the floor and perform. Dance teams meet up to practice, and in summer dance out at the city’s pubs. Community choirs raise their voices in glorious harmony.
BFF is proud to place itself in the midst of this creativity, and bring a diverse range of world-class artists into the heart of our city.
Check our programme pages to find out what’s happening this year.
Some responses to previous BFFs:
“Bristol Folk Festival is firmly in the top ten for Quirky Festivals!” – The Guardian
“A stellar line-up” – Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3
“Proved itself a world-class event” – Taplas
“Festival returns to a storming success” – Bristol Evening Post
How to Get Here
Information about how to get to the festival via car, train, bus or on foot, including parking details can be found here: How to get here.
Although there are a large number of accommodation options in and around the city, these can book up fast a long time in advance so we recommend booking ASAP! For a list of all Hotels, B&Bs, serviced apartments, campsites and more please click here. trivago has also provided a list of hotels please click here to view the best hotel deals close to the festival.