Local attendees are invited to purchase tickets for the main folk festival, with residents receiving a generous discount on weekend tickets. Ticketholders will enjoy performances from some of the best in British and international folk, including Martin and Eliza Carthy, Edward II, Flook, and Urban Folk Quartet as well as specially commissioned concerts, workshops, and screenings.
All are welcome at popular fringe events, including now-legendary singing sessions at Headland pubs including The Fisherman’s Arms, a brilliant traditional pub hosting a beer festival all weekend. Other local favourites like The Pot House will be providing cozy workshop and performance spaces, and there will be events in partnership with the Heugh Battery Museum.
The Free Family Folk Festival is a new addition to the folk festival programme, which brings together folkies and local families for a celebration of Hartlepool’s rich culture. Everyone is invited to take part in a spectacular twilight procession to the sea on Sunday evening.