The Great British Folk Festival is viewed by many as being the last hurrah of the folk festival season and is a neatly contained entity that forms part of the Butlin's Music Weekends. The Butlin's Music Weekends being a series of events throughout the year spread across the three Butlin's sites and covering a wide range of genres and eras. Skegness is the home to the Great British Folk Festival, as indeed it is for the season opener, The Great British Rock And Blues Festival, but that's another story.
Until this year, the Great British Folk Festival has followed a two stage format with a number of smaller support activities spread around the other bars and cafes on the site, but following a number of suggestions from previous festivals, this year there's a third stage been added to act as an introducing stage.
The chosen location is the Skyline Stage which will put the selected acts right in the heart of the main complex, giving the selected acts plenty of opportunity to get seen without folk fans having to make a trip out into the potentially bracing Skegness air.
The great thing about the stage is that Butlin's have chosen to draw from a range of artists playing their trade in the folk arena, moving all the way from singer-songwriters, through to folk rock and folk pop and taking the odd detour into acts that have been more inspired by blues and Americana roots.
The other thing I like about the Introducing Stage is the age range of the acts involved, new acts don't just come from those in the first flush of youth, these days there has been a definite trend for the more mature artist to decide that now is the time to get out there and get their music heard, something they may not have been able to do even a few short years ago.
If you're at the Great British Folk Festival or if you've not quite booked yet, do take some time to get along to the Skyline Stage and check what may be gracing the bigger stages in the years to come.
More details, including booking: http://www.bigweekends.com/splash-pages/folk-festival-2014.aspx
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