It's less than a week until Shrewsbury Folk Festival gets underway for 2021 and with the exception of enclosed marquees being replaced by open air stages, It's business as usual.

Celebrating British-based artists, this year's festival features a stellar line-up of folk favourites including Kate Rusby, Oysterband, Show of Hands, Afro Celt Sound System, Seth Lakeman, The Christians, Dervish, Lindisfarne and The Young'uns.

Shrewsbury Folk will also host the only festival appearance of the acclaimed Lost Words: Spell Songs project and shanty sensations The Longest Johns will also perform. Other noteable acts are leading kora musician Sona Jobarteh, Joji Hirota and the London Taiko Drummers, Band of Burns, Seckou Keita Quartet, BBC Folk Award winners The Trials of Cato, Calan and James Yorkston.

Kids and teens will be catered for with their own children and youth festivals with packed programmes of music, song, crafts, circus skills, drama and fun. There are also ceilidhs, dance shows and workshops including yoga, music and more.

An artisan craft fair focuses on handmade and ethical products and there’s a food village featuring international cuisine and vegan and veggie dishes, on-site camping and glamping and real ale & cocktail bars including Olive, the eye catching double decker cocktail bus!

Festival Director Sandra Surtees said the festival was expecting an influx of visitors this year who are opting for UK based holidays and looking to try something new. “With so many other festivals having cancelled, Shrewsbury is a beacon of light in the festival calendar! Many people come to the festival as a holiday in itself as there’s so much to do.

“Music stages and venues are surrounded by camping and glamping so everything is within easy reach. With onsite showers, a festival shop and our team of friendly stewards ready to help, all people need to do is pitch up, relax and enjoy the weekend!

“It’s been a really tough time for everyone, including event organisers, over the past 16 months and we can’t to wait to put that all behind us over the August Bank Holiday weekend.”

Shrewsbury Folk Festival takes place at West Mid Showground from 27-30 August.

Weekend and day tickets can be booked at shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk/booktickets/ with onsite camping and glamping available for weekend ticket holders.