11th - 13th May 2018
"When a folk legend such as Dave Pegg from Fairport Convention says that a festival is 'The best gig on the North Sea', you know that event must be something special. That man knows what he's talking about - and he was talking about Folk On The Pier.
The weekend plays host to 6 concerts of the best folk and folk rock acts, not only from the UK but overseas as well. The line-up is now finalised and announced, you can be sure it will be a cracker of a musical extravaganza."
- UK Festivals Guide
Cromer’s popular folk rock festival returns to the town’s Pavilion Theatre on 11, 12 and 13 May with a very special line-up to celebrate its 20th birthday.
At the end of last year’s festival the audience was invited to suggest favourite acts they would like to see on the 2018 stage to celebrate the 20th milestone. “I am pleased to say that I have managed to book about 80% of those suggested” says festival organiser Scott. Butler. “Many of the acts have played the festival a number of times in those twenty years” he adds “so over the years I must have got something right!”
Butler’s love of folk rock inspired the very first festival in 1999. He admits to being surprised that twenty years on he is still producing the festival – and more so that it now regularly sells nearly two thirds of the available tickets before he has announced the line-up.
This year’s line-up reads like a Who’s Who of the folk rock and acoustic world. Four of the headliners have each taken English traditional songs and tunes to new levels and given them their own identity - Fairport Convention single-handedly invented the British folk rock genre, Edward II bring summer sounds of reggae, Little Johnny England bring driving rock rhythms and Home Service bring brassy big guns to the party. Add a plethora of talented musicians, a diverse mix of styles, collaborations and creativity, this year’s line-up offers something to please every musical taste.
Published on 27 January 2018 by Ben Robinson - UK Festivals Guide