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Cromer’s Folk Festival returns to the Pier for 20th birthday

Folk on the Pier music festival with performances on Cromer Pier and around the town. Kemp's Men of Norwich Morris Dancers performing of the pier forecourt. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Folk on the Pier music festival with performances on Cromer Pier and around the town. Kemp's Men of Norwich Morris Dancers performing of the pier forecourt. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Archant Norfolk 2016

Cromer’s popular folk rock festival will be returning to the Pier for it’s 20th birthday this May.

Folk on the Pier music festival with performances on Cromer Pier and around the town. Kemp's Men of Norwich Morris Dancers performing of the pier forecourt. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMOREFolk on the Pier music festival with performances on Cromer Pier and around the town. Kemp's Men of Norwich Morris Dancers performing of the pier forecourt. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

At the end of the festival last year, the audience was invited to suggest which acts they would like to see at the milestone evemt.

Festival organiser Scott Butler said: “I am pleased to say that I have managed to book about 80pc of those suggested””

“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.

Folk on the Pier music festival with performances on Cromer Pier and around the town. Kemp's Men of Norwich Morris Dancers performing of the pier forecourt. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMOREFolk on the Pier music festival with performances on Cromer Pier and around the town. Kemp's Men of Norwich Morris Dancers performing of the pier forecourt. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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.

Headliners Fairport Convention are often attributed to 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.

The event will be taking place on May 11, 12 and 13.

A limited number of weekend passes are available and tickets for individual concerts are now on sale at the box office 01263 512495, www.thecromerpier.com

Folk on the Pier music festival with performances on Cromer Pier and around the town. Nick Barraclough's Brokedown Palace.

Picture: MARK BULLIMOREFolk on the Pier music festival with performances on Cromer Pier and around the town. Nick Barraclough's Brokedown Palace. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Details of the Fringe Festival will be announced shortly.

For more information visit www.folkonthepier.co.uk.

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