PLANNING is under way to bring a popular music festival back to Weymouth quayside next summer, after it was replaced with a virtual event this year due to the Covid pandemic.
Wessex Folk Festival – one of the biggest free folk music festivals in England – regularly attracts thousands of people who line the quayside to listen to dozens of live music acts, eat local produce and watch morris dancing performances.
The event was an early casualty of the pandemic this year, but hopes are high that the event will return next year from Friday, June 4 to Sunday, June 6, featuring musicians, dancers and trade stalls.
Organisers said they hoped the event would bring the festival atmosphere back to Weymouth next summer.
The line-up of musicians is currently being drawn up and the first performers are set to be announced soon. Morris dance sides are also keen to sign up to the programme.
The new chair of the festival’s organising committee, Eileen Bramley, said: “Whether you’re an old friend or a new visitor, we are so very pleased to let you know that plans are well in hand for Wessex Folk Festival 2021.
“Over the past 20 years, the Festival has grown hugely from its beginnings in local pubs.
“The committee and the location have changed over the years, but the ethos is the same – to bring wonderful live folk music to everyone, completely free of charge.”
She added: “Wessex Folk Festival is particularly keen to support young musicians and this year there will be a spotlight on young talent.”
Organisers are on the lookout for artists and bands who would like to perform at the 2021 event. They said they were particularly interested in new and upcoming folk bands and players/acts living in the area.
Closing date for applications to perform is December 13.
Full details can be found on the festival website at www.wessexfolkfestival.com