2020 tickets will be available from early January

Notwithstanding the change in the Early May Bank Holiday 2020 after various consultations, we have decided to stay with the advertised dates; 1st – 4th May. As Monday 4th is no longer a Bank Holiday we are, reluctantly, shortening the Monday programme aiming to end mid afternoon. We will return to the extended Bank Holiday Monday programme in 2021.

“We have just got back after a BRILLIANT weekend at Upton, can’t work out why we have never been to your event before, all of those years ‘lost’”

 Just one of the many lovely comments we have had from those who attended our 2019 festival. Thank you all so much for such a positive response.


Many thanks also to everyone who attended and supported us – whether customers, dancers, singers, musicians, organisers, patrons, artists, Sealed Knot, stewards, stall holders, owners/managers/licensees of the venues we have used, police, paramedics or residents and visitors to Upton. We have had a wonderful weekend.

2019 Competition Winners

  • Acoustic Talent Contest: Eskrigg
  • John Birmingham Cup (Upton Heat): Mitch Reynolds – we wish her every success in the Final at Whitby Festival.
  • Demon Barber Clog Competition: Jnr: Cadi Jones, Snr: Sam & Cadi Jones. Sam has agreed to be a judge for the competition next year!


Plans are in Progress for 2020 with John Tams and Barry Coope; Damien Barber; Dovetail Trio; Jackie Oates; our Patrons, Jim Mageean and Graeme Knights; by popular request, the return of Phoebe Rees; Trio Threlfall; the Vintage Cock and Bull Band as well as many of our regular performers, session leaders and competition winners.


Click here for live images from the riverside Festival site and river


John Tams and Barry Coope

Phoebe Rees

Damien Barber

Jackie Oates

Dovetail Trio

Vintage Cock and Bull Band

Mitch Reynolds


Rod Penlington

Worcestershire Levellers