With the ever-increasing popularity of acoustic music, festivals are popping up all over the UK and Europe to celebrate this wonderfully authentic genre of music. Here is our guide to some the best acoustic music festivals you should look out for…
Songbird Festival, 23rd – 24th November 2013, Rotterdam, Netherlands
If you’re looking for a chilled winter holiday, why not visit Rotterdam this November to see a fantastic selection of unplugged performances at the Songbird Festival. As one of the most popular festivals in the Netherlands, Songbird attracts big name artists from around the world. This year’s line-up includes Newton Faulkner, Tom Odell and James Vincent McMorrow from the UK, and international acts such as Maria Mena, Alain Clark and Valerie June.
Zermatt Unplugged Festival, 8th – 14th April 2014, Zermatt, Switzerland
This festival in Switzerland specialises in unplugged music and opens the Swiss festival season each year. Check out the cheap flights available from Monarch Airlines to Grenoble or Verona, and hop across the border to Zermatt for the Unplugged Festival. The next festival will take place in April 2014, and although the line-up is yet to be announced, the 2013 program shows what Zermatt has to offer. Performers this year included Marlon Roudette, Skunk Anansie, Marianne Faithful and Bryan Ferry.
Bushstock, 14th June 2014, Shepherd’s Bush, London
In just three years, Bushstock has become one of the UK’s most popular city festivals. It takes place in venues around Shepherd’s Bush in West London and with recent impressive line-ups it’s giving North London’s Camden Crawl a run for its money. 2013 performers included Willy Mason and Scott Matthews. The festival is organised by cool British record label Communion, which specialises in acoustic music and indie-folk. The 2014 Bushstock date has been announced as Saturday 14th June.
Cambridge Folk Festival, 31st July – 3rd August 2014, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge
For fans of folk music, Cambridge Folk Festival is an unmissable annual event. The festival mixes traditional folk music with more modern artists such as KT Tunstall and Lucy Rose, who both played there in 2013. As one of the longest-running folk festivals in the UK it is one of the most famous folk festivals in the world, and of course this means it attracts some of the biggest name artists, not just from folk but also other related genres such as world music and jazz. Since it started it 1964 the festival has grown to attract 14,000 people each year.
End of the Road Festival, 29th – 31st August 2014, Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset
End of the Road Festival gets its name from the fact that, at the end of August each year, it’s the finale to the festival season. With its relaxing atmosphere it’s the perfect place to wind down after a summer of fun music adventures. End of the Road offers an eclectic mix of indie artists, with performers from the acoustic genre at the 2013 festival including Jens Lekman, Daughter and Belle and Sebastian. The event has a fantastic reputation for its music and other activities, and was named “festival of the year” by The Independent.