For the best folk and world music festivals directory, head to our collaboration with Spiral Earth.

Bristol Folk Festival is being revived in 2019 across a variety of city centre venues.

Manchester Folk Festival: the successor to Bury’s Homegrown, focussing on music found in England that runs alongside English Folk Expo.

Woolf II is a fabulous occasional psych folk gathering at Virginia Woolf’s old pad in Wiltshire.

Sidmouth Folk Week is the grandmother of all UK festivals, a week-long event in a small seaside town where anything can happen – and sometimes does!

WOMEX is the world music expo, the biggest professional conference, showcase and trade fair event exclusively dedicated to world, roots, ethnic, traditional and local music.

Sauti Za Busara – “sounds of wisdom” – is an annual festival of Swahili Culture held in the heart of Stone Town, Zanzibar, the historic Indian Ocean gateway to Africa.