Fairport Convention to headline 2012 Wath Festival

Fairport Convention
Fairport Convention

It may only be the start of 2012, but South Yorkshire’s biggest festival of music and dance is taking shape, with a whole host of acts and events on the bill.

Wath Festival, based in Wath-Upon-Dearne, takes place on the May bank holiday 4th – 6th May 2012 and is pleased to announce the full artist line-up including headliners, Fairport Convention, the Home Service featuring festival patron John Tams, Chris & Kellie While, the Billy Mitchell Band, Dick Gaughan, Boo Hewerdine, Lucy Ward, Reg Meuross & Bethany Porter, Jennifer Crook, Ray Hearne & Ciaran Boyle, Tom Mitchell, Johnny & The Prison Didn’t Help Boys, Skyhook, Charlie Barker & Harriet Bartlett, Monkey’s Fist, Brooks Williams, Flaxenby, Holly Taymar, Jenna & Catherine Bindon.

Tickets have already gone on sale and prices have been held again for 2012, making Wath Festival continuing value for money, with an Early Bird Full Weekend ticket available at £55 until January 31 2012 and £60 thereafter. Tickets are available from the box office on 0798 2658567 or on Wath Festival

Aside from the range of national and international folk, acoustic and roots acts, the festival holds annual community events around Wath town centre, the Montgomery Hall, the Red Lion, the Sandygate Hotel and All Saints Parish Church.

Whilst this year sees the festival celebrating 40 years since it was founded by the Wath Morris team and local music community. It also sees the 700th anniversary of Wath market charter and the founding of trade, which has become central to the local community.

2012 will see the return of the Wath Young Performers Award, where performers of folk, roots and acoustic music, aged between 16 – 24 can win the chance to perform on the festival’s main stage as well as other prizes to be announced.

Last year’s winners, Luke Hirst & Sarah Smout have gone on to play folk clubs and festivals around the UK and are making a name for themselves on the acoustic music scene. Details of how to enter can be obtained from Wath Festival’s website.