Mon 23rd April 2018
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It is with immense sadness and regret that that this year’s festival cannot go ahead.

Beverley Folk Festival is a non-profit-making organisation, run by a dedicated team of volunteers. Unfortunately having recently discovered that they have lost the primary source of funding, they simply do not have the money to pay for either the infrastructure or the performers.

There will be a lot of people who are disappointed but hope that people understand that, under the circumstances in which the Folk Festival find themselves it is not possible to run the event.

Unfortunately the company is unable to refund those people who have bought tickets in advance of the festival.

The directors, who are also volunteers, have taken the steps to place the company into a creditors’ voluntary liquidation as the company is insolvent. The directors have instructed a firm of licensed insolvency practitioners to assist them with this process and if you are owed money or have bought a ticket in advance then they will be in touch with you shortly.

If you have made a deposit for or paid for goods or services by credit or debit card and the goods or services are not going to be received by the due date, you may be able to get your money back by claiming a refund from your card issuer. Please contact your card issuer as soon as you can if this may apply to you. Further information including on time limits that apply is available from the UK Cards Association Credit and Debit Cards: A consumer guide

The directors would like to thank all those who have supported Beverley Folk Festival over the years, especially the sponsors, funders, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Beverley Town Council and the hundreds of wonderful volunteers and artists.

In addition, whilst thanking the thousands of loyal festival-goers who have made the event a joy, the directors also offer their deepest and most sincere apologies to all those who are owed money by the company. 

This has been an incredibly difficult and heart-breaking decision for all involved.  However, the directors acknowledge that for almost 35 years Beverley Folk Festival has brought something special to the town, which was loved and enjoyed by so many people from far and wide.

Please note that the company has ceased to trade with immediate effect and any voicemail / messages will not be read or dealt with.

The corporate recovery licensed insolvency practitioners:  

Redman Nichols Butler, The Chapel, Bridge Street, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 5DA Tel: 01377 257788 


Beverley Folk Festival: Statement from Beverley Racecourse

We have received the statement from Beverley Folk Festival announcing the cancellation of this year’s festival.

We are deeply disappointed that this event will not go ahead and sympathise with everyone who has bought tickets and may be left out of pocket.

Beverley Racecourse has been delighted to host the folk festival and to have helped the event grow over recent years. This year’s festival was due to be the sixth held on the Westwood and we were looking forward to a successful and enjoyable weekend.

We have provided the racecourse as the festival venue at a significantly subsidised rate, as we wanted to support the festival as a major event for Beverley. We also offered to be paid following the event, to help the festival’s cashflow. Event organisers would usually be required to pay a deposit to secure the racecourse, as is normal commercial practice.

We have not been paid for hosting the festival in 2017, so we are among the creditors.

It is a great shame that this long-established and much-loved festival will not be held this year. Beverley Folk Festival was enjoyed by thousands of people and boosted the local economy and the profile of Beverley, so it will be sorely missed.


Beverley Folk Festival: Statement from East Riding Council.

An East Riding of Yorkshire Council spokesperson said : "We are very disappointed that the organisers of the Beverley Folk Festival have had to cancel the event this year. It will be a sad loss to the local music scene, as well as for the local tourism industry and to the economy of Beverley.

"We have been happy to offer limited financial support to this event in the past, and were due to do so again this year.

"Should we receive any proposals to revive the Festival in the future, we will be open to discussions, to see if there might be a way forward." 

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