5th September 2023

Famous rock star backs folk festival. Rock legend and Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson has given a ringing endorsement to Malmesbury’s folk festival plans.

Supported by Malmesbury Town Council, the Folk & Roots Festival is being staged on September 23 in Malmesbury Abbey Cloister Gardens. It’s timed to tie in with the inaugural European Folk Day.

Ian Anderson, who has stars in a promotional video for the event, said:
Malmesbury is a beautiful little town. It’s an ancient town, with amazing historic connections. It also has the partially ruined abbey, and the festival is in the grounds. It will be a super event, so do take a trip to Malmesbury and enjoy this folk and roots festival – maybe I’ll see you there!’

Ian Anderson with his band Jethro Tull  - Rock star backs Malmesbury folk festival
Ian Anderson with his band Jethro Tull – Rock star backs Malmesbury folk festival


Helping to organise the event on behalf of the town council is local resident Catherine Burke. Catherine runs the popular Purbeck Valley Folk Festival.

Catherine has booked some great acts, including headliners 3 Daft Monkeys. Other performers include Martha Tilston, Old Baby Mackerel, The Carrivick Sisters and Wiltshire band Fly Yeti Fly.

During the day Morris dancers will be performing at different places around the town. And there will be food and drink stalls at the festival itself. Burton Hill campsite is offering a discount to festival-goers. And local cafes, shops and restaurants are getting ready for a busy day’s trading.

Mayor, Cllr Gavin Grant, said he was looking forward to welcoming residents and visitors to the festival. It follows hot on the heels of the successful Music in the Cloisters evening, staged as part of Malmesbury Carnival.

Malmesbury is so strong in live music. It seems only natural for our beautiful town to host a folk music festival in this amazing location. I’m delighted that the town council are backing the inaugural festival and a group of musicians and festival organisers have come together to make it happen. It’s all the more impressive knowing that any festival profits could help my Mayoral good causes’ fund too. I hope Malmesbury and folk music lovers will get behind this inaugural festival and make it a great success.’

Festival info!

Malmesbury Folk & Roots runs from 1.30pm to 10.30pm and tickets are available from https://www.universe.com/events/malmesbury-folk-roots-tickets-H6BL71?ref=universe-discover

They’re £25. Under 12s are free and but must have an adult with them.

You can buy tickets from Malmesbury Tourist Information Centre and high street shop Renew.

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