Swanage Folk Festival to go ahead but jazz festival bows out for 2021

It’s been announced that the Swanage Folk Festival will take place in September 2021, as long as Covid restrictions are lifted as planned, but now the jazz festival has been cancelled until 2022.

The folk festival organisers said:


“You will be pleased to hear that if everything goes to plan with the government’s road map we will be having the folk festival on 10th to 12th September 2021. It’s time to dust off your dancing shoes and tune your musical instruments!”

Simon Spillett Big Band
Simon Spillett Big Band

“We have decided it is safer to postpone until 2022”

It was hoped that the Swanage Jazz Festival could also take place later in the year but the committee has decided that it isn’t feasible and has postponed the event until the weekend of the 8th to 10th July 2022. It said:

“We have looked very carefully at staging the festival this September in place of our normal July date. There are only two possible September weekends we could stage it.

“There are uncertainties about the availability of accommodation on those weekends, so we have decided it is safer to postpone until 2022.

“We are looking at the feasibility of staging a special one off concert in autumn 2021 or spring 2022 and will announce more information when we have it.”

Jazz musician Bruce Adams
Bruce Adams

“Grateful for the positive messages of support we have been getting”

This will be the second year that the Swanage Jazz Festival has had to be cancelled after the coronavirus pandemic meant events couldn’t go ahead in 2020.

Many jazz fans have been holding onto their 2020 tickets in the hope that it would get the go ahead this year. The jazz festival organisers added:

“Ticket holders who rolled their tickets from 2020 to 2021 and now wish a refund, please contact us at treasurer@swanagejazzfestival.co.uk.Tickets for 2020 will be valid for the 2022 festival and if you roll your ticket over until then you will receive a loyalty gift.

“We are sorry to disappoint and are grateful for the positive messages of support we have been getting.”

Further information

  • More about the Swanage Folk Festival can be found on its website
  • For further updates about the Swanage Jazz Festival, check its website

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