28th - 31st May 2021

Save the date for Chester Folk Festival 2021

Following Chester Folk Festival Online 2020, we want to build on that success and ensure Chester Folk Festival 2021 is an even more fantastic celebration of folk music.


A detailed feasibility study conducted by the festival organisers has concluded that, if social distancing and strict hygiene and safety measures were still in place, our normal festival in Kelsall would not be viable.  We also have been closely monitoring the public announcements on the forthcoming vaccination and testing programmes.  As a result, it is clear to us that it is highly doubtful that we would be able to run our normal physical festival in Kelsall. So, to give certainty to artists and visitors, we have decided to run a significant proportion of the festival online and hope to be able to add some physical events to the festival programme if circumstances allow.


While we are sorry not to be in Kelsall next year, we hope to get back there as soon as it is safe to do so.  In reaching this decision, our overwhelming priority has been the health and welfare of all the people who help to make Chester Folk Festival such a wonderful place to be, be that as audience, performer, supplier, trader, technician or volunteer.


If you have carried forward your ticket from 2020, we will contact you shortly to explain your options.