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New Forest Folk Festival at Powell's Farm in Plaitford will go ahead in July




ORGANISERS of the New Forest Folk Festival have confirmed the much-anticipated event will be going ahead this summer.

The festival at Plaitford, near Romsey, will kick off on Wednesday 7th July and run over five days, ending on the Sunday.

Nick Curtis, his wife Helen and his brother Keith organise the festival at Powell's Farm, the family's home for six generations.

The main stage at the New Forest Folk Festival (47027231)
The main stage at the New Forest Folk Festival (47027231)

The main stage line-up includes folk duo Show of Hands 'Now we are Four', Home Service, Cregan & Co, Feast of Fiddles, Phil Beer Band, Martyn Joseph, Ranagri, Luke Jackson Trio, Granny’s Attic and Red Shoes.

The family said that due to the event being fairly low-key and the farm having an abundance of space, it was considered safe to go ahead.

Previous festivals have been a family affair, with Helen running the café and daughter Jo managing the bar.

Surrounded by trees and with a gentle slope down the stream that runs through the centre of the farm, the site offers the perfect backdrop for a relaxed and friendly folk festival,

A weekend ticket costs £105, and for now day tickets have been suspended until government Covid guidelines become clearer on 21st June.

The family has now moved over to a new ticket provider, TheTicketSellers; however, passes already purchased using Eventbrite will still be valid.

Like many other festival organisers, the Curtis family has struggled over the last year to make ends meet.

"But with your generosity for the Crowdfunder in the summer and our successful application to the government's Culture Recovery Fund, we are in a great position to see you all in July," they said.

"It was a very in depth application that took a lot of work, but we were fortunate to receive £50,000 that we can now filter down to our artists, crew and suppliers to see them though - if we lose them we lose our industry."

They added: "Thanks for all your support over the past year; it won’t be long before we will all be sampling Helen's food and JoJo’s rhubarb cider in July."

Local traders will also be selling a range of goods at the festival, including leathercraft, recycled jewellery, wire sculptures and ironwork and retro items.

Visitors can also learn to play musical instruments, morris dance or meditate at the various workshops on offer.

Camping pitches are £8 per night, with caravans and motor homes welcome.

For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.newforestfolkfestival.co.uk



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