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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 Starters

    11:45am — 1pm

    Martin Simpson will be showing us exactly why he’s won so many awards! This is a great way to start an incredible Sunday of music, and if that’s not enough, we’ve got a star of the future – Abbie Rechert – to open the concert!

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  • Sunday Evening

    5pm — 6:30pm

    Bringing one venue in the festival to a close will be two acts that we know you’ll love, and that you’ll certainly see more of in years to come… Sunjay kicks things off, followed by David & Elly

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  • Friday Guildhall Concert

    8pm — 9:15pm

    Having appeared at the festival a few years ago, we’re really pleased to welcome back a wonderful man with a great band… The Guildhall Theatre is sure to be off to a roaring start!

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