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Following the news that the Assembly Rooms will very sadly be closed for 18 months after a serious fire in the plant room on 14 March, the festival will not take place within the spaces that we have enjoyed over the last 7 years… BUT!

We’re absolutely delighted to say that the festival will go ahead this year, as scheduled, from  Friday 3 October to Sunday 5 October 2014 – all within Derby’s Cathedral Quarter: on The Market Place, in the Guildhall Theatre and The Old Bell Hotel.

As we can’t use the Assembly Rooms, we’ve made alternative plans, and will be putting a marquee onto the Market Place – right outside the Assembly Rooms – and this will be the venue for all of the concerts that were in the Great Hall.  Events that were in the Darwin will now take place in the Guildhall Theatre and the Old Bell Hotel on Sadlergate.  The foyer folk club events will happen in the Guildhall Clubrooms, and we’ll be using some more space in the Old Bell for sessions and workshops.  The free fringe music and craft fair will still be on the Market Place as last year.

We’ll be updating the venue details, and and minor changes to timings over the next few weeks, so please bear with us and keep checking back onto the website, or our Facebook Page and Twitter Feed.

And really importantly… please tell everyone that the festival is going ahead!  Tickets available from the Derby LIVE website and Box Office.

Some of the events on offer

  • Sunday Early Folk Club

    1:30pm — 2:30pm

    Led by our lovely friends Kip Winter and Dave Wilson, you’ll find a mix of performances  festival artists, invited guests, and maybe yourself!

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  • Saturday “LNE”

    10:45pm — 0am

    We’ve added in a “Late Night Extra” concert this year – finishing slightly earlier in the Great Hall, but giving something for those with energy to spare.  You’ll certainly need that as Merry Hell bring the full live band into the Darwin, having given us an acoustic treat in the Market Place earlier… Dance, listen, […]

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  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    6pm — 7:15pm

    Commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, we are delighted that Aftermath are presenting this moving piece. Short passages of text from Erich Maria Remarque’s anti-war classic will be read by students from Chellaston School, interwoven with narrative extracts from Mick Jones’ play “The Soldiers Have Taken Our Horses Away”. The […]

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