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Bermondsey Folk Festival 2019

On Sunday September 8th, 2019 the 5th annual Bermondsey Folk Festival is back in Bermondsey for an unmissable free folk music event in London.

In addition to the main stage at the iconic Biscuit Factory, the #BFF2019 offers the opportunity to enjoy a guided walk across The Blue Bermondsey with poet John Constable in a morning event and the performances of Stick In The Wheel and local artists for the closing event at Partizan Brewing

Taking The Biscuit with Poet John Constable

Bermondsey Folk Festival 2019 | A guided walk Of Bermondsey | 11am to 12pm

Tour starting point: St James’ Church,  Thurland Rd, Bermondsey, London SE16 4AA

As part of the 2019 Bermondsey Folk Festival celebrations, John Constable, renowned poet and playwright, is leading a free guided walking tour through our streets, revealing hidden stories and forgotten heritage that will intrigue, delight and surprise.

John is a true authority on Southwark history, endowed with honours such as The Liberty of the Old Metropolitan Borough of Southwark and honorary fellow of South Bank University, for his service to the arts and community.

John will transport you back to the birth of the industrial revolution and the captivation Bermondsey has in abundance, if you only knew where to discover it.

The free walk starts at 11.00am with participants gathering from 10.45am at the churchyard of St James’s Church, one of the iconic landmarks in Bermondsey, and the starting point of the tour which is to end at the Biscuit Factory for the main stage acts.


The tour will follow streets and roads across Bermondsey with street level access whenever possible for people with mobility issues.

Bermondsey Folk Festival 2019 at The Biscuit Factory

100 Clements Road, London SE16 4DG  | Times: 12pm to 6pm

Cunning Folk Music in partnership with Blue Bermondsey BID and the sponsorship of Grosvenor have prepared a fantastic day out for all the family with great music and activities for all.

Entry is entirely free with headlining sets from Irish folk legend Andy Irvine and Sheffield’s own Martin Simpson, with a host of performances from local and national acts.

  • 12:00 Marisa Jack & Davy
  • 13:00 Alison & Jack
  • 13.30 John Constable
  • 13.45 Ben Walker
  • 15.40 Thrale’s Rapper
  • 16.15 Martin Simpson
  • 17.15 Andy Irvine
  • 18.00 Event at the Biscuit ends

Traditional Irish dancing and sword dancing alongside attractions for all the family, street food and drinks stalls and community engagement space, will complement the day’s proceedings. In addition to the music and dance performances, there will be:

  • Surrey Docks Farm Petting Zoo
  • Face painting
  • Hook a duck
  • Coconut shy
  • Big Local Works
  • Peek and Frean Museum
  • Blue Bermondsey BID info tent
  • Street food
  • Bar and coffee
  • Cake stall
  • Charity raffle

Stick In The Wheel At Partizan Brewing

34 Raymouth Road, London SE16 2BD  | Times: 6pm to 10pm

Bermondsey Folk Festival 2019 at The Biscuit Factory is followed by the evening session from 6pm at nearby Partizan Brewing where you can join us for a free concert from nationally acclaimed folk band Stick In The Wheel. They will be headlining a stout line up of talented performers from the burgeoning local folk scene in one of the finer breweries of the Bermondsey Beer Mile, Partizan Brewing.

Due to licensing restriction, you must be 18 or over to attend

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This event is organised by Cunning Folk Music in partnership with local Blue Bermondsey Business Improvement District and the support of Grosvenor

Organised by Cunning Folk Music

Cunning Folk Music stages regular folk, roots music and spoken word events in interesting places, with a mission to bring a wonderful interesting vibe to likeminded souls. In 2015 Cunning Folk staged the first Bermondsey Folk Festival, which has grown organically to become one of the best Free folk events on the London Folk scene. We are proud to feature established artists, but also acknowledge how difficult is to get there. So at the BFF we give aspiring local performers a share of the action on the Stage.

Sponsored by

Blue Bermondsey BID

Blue Bermondsey Business Improvement District (BID) is an independent, not-for-profit company funded and led by local businesses. Our activities are geared to provide services to benefit them, whilst providing a unified voice on issues that concern them. We work with the local stakeholders, residents and visitors to help make The Blue in Bermondsey a better place to work, live and visit by funding many innovative initiatives and events.


Over the last four centuries, Grosvenor have guided the evolution of some of the most celebrated urban neighbourhoods. We acquired part of the Biscuit Factory site in 2013 and consider ourselves a part of the Bermondsey community, with a stake in its continued success. We are excited to be partnering with the Blue Bermondsey BID to host this year’s Bermondsey Folk Festival at the Biscuit Factory.  We hope to see you (and the sun!) on 8th September.

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