Shrewsbury Folk Festival is to host a two-day online event in August, following its announcement last month that this year's get-together would be cancelled due to Covid-19.

Organisers of the four-day festival - which usually takes place over the August bank holiday weekend - have created Virtually Shrewsbury Folk Festival to fill the gap.

Featuring musical performances recorded exclusively for the event, workshops, dances and broadcasts of some of its most popular past shows, Virtually Shrewsbury Folk Festival will be available to watch online on 29 & 30 August. 

The award-winning festival draws crowds from across the UK and abroad, and regulary welcomes 7,000 visitors through its gates on each of its four days. The festival line-up annually features the cream of folk, roots and acoustic music from across the UK, as well as international Americana and world music stars.

Virtually Shrewsbury Folk Festival is funded by grants from the National Lottery via the Arts Council England Emergency Response Fund and Shropshire Council’s Emergency Arts Fund.

Festival Director Sandra Surtees said: “We have incredibly loyal supporters, and the festival is often their most-anticipated weekend of the year.

“Although we can’t be together, we hope that people will enjoy recreating their own festival at home by joining in our virtual activities, including workshops, dances or listening to their favourite artists. 

“Of course it won’t be the same as being there, but we hope that Virtually Shrewsbury Folk will go some way to filling the big void that we will all feel over the festival weekend. We are very grateful to the Arts Council and Shropshire Council for supporting us to deliver this programme that everyone can get involved with.”

A full programme will be available at  shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk from early August. Updates will also be available on the festival’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms.

Organisers are in the process of confirming the line-up for next year’s festival, which will take place from 27 to 31 August.