Originally published on Thurs 14 April 2011 at http://www.digyorkshire.com/HighlightDetails.aspx?Article=1210
27 April – 2 May
Wath-upon-Dearne, South Yorkshire
Wath’s festival of music and dance returns for another year at the end of the month, with six days of events happening all around the town.
Now in its 39th year, Wath Festival has grown from a tiny May Day event to become South Yorkshire’s biggest musical festival. The organisers have been careful to ensure that the festival remains true to its community origins – although much larger in size than in 1972, the heart of the festival is still centred firmly in Wath.
With a lineup of roots, world and folk music, this year’s exciting lineup features both big names and some unusual ones too. The headliners include folk ‘supergroup’ Drever McCusker & Woomble – featuring Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble. Also appearing will be celtic musician Frances Black, the Orlyk Ukrainian Dancers and a range of folk musicians.
Plus, there’s Irish dancers, bhangra musicians, samba bands and – that all important festival feature – facepainting!
Other highlights include a huge procession through the town on Saturday, finishing at the church to bun-throwing from the steeple – clearly worth attending for this alone! Besides the concerts and dancing, there’ll also be music workshops, including African drumming sessions and ukulele masterclasses.
Tickets are on sale now, with prices ranging from £15/£16 for a day ticket to £60 for the whole weekend. Camping is available too. For more details, visit wathfestival.org.uk