The Big Session folk festival will enjoy four-day extended event over May Bank holiday

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Following its sold-out success last year, The Big Session Festival is back in Buxton for 2017, is taking place for an extended four days over the May Bank holiday weekend, from Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May.

Hosted by the Oysterband in the beautiful spa town of Buxton, the gateway to the glorious Peak District – join a sparkling selection of musicians and welcome in May at the first folk festival of the summer!

There will be a mini beer festival in the Pavilion Gardens Drinks Emporium with 30 barrels of beer and for gin lovers a ‘gin garden’ along with an assortment of wine and other spirits on offer.

Entry to the Pavilion Gardens Drinks Emporium is free for all Big Session ticket holders (excl. Sunday afternoon) and there will be music sessions running throughout. A small charge for access to the drinking sessions will be payable for none ticket holders.


Big Session Buxton

The Big Session line-up 2017 will once again feature the cream of English folk music with the Oysterband and special guests Eliza Carthy & Saul Rose, Levellers Acoustic with support from Honey Rider, Blackbeard’s Tea Party supported by Candi’s Dog, The Hut People supported by Ray Cooper and Nancy Kerr & the Sweet Visitor Band with support from Jess Morgan.

Big Session Buxton

Blackbeard’s Tea Party

Big Session Buxton

Nancy Kerr And The Sweet Visitors Band

Staged within the glorious setting of the Pavilion Gardens at the exquisite Edwardian Buxton Opera House, its contemporary sister venue Pavilion Arts Centre and the Big Session Tent, there’s activities to enjoy all weekend!

To work up a thirst for the many beers available at the Big Session Tent, revellers can take to the floor for the Big Session Ceilidh led by the Oysterband and Eliza Carthy. Music sessions by Big Session concert artists will also be led throughout the weekend. The Hut People will bring everyone together for a Saturday afternoon percussive workshop linked to their music, with various instruments, for festival goers to pick up and join in!

Big Session Buxton

Big Session beer tent

Big Session Buxton

Big Session beer festival

To entertain those travelling to the festival by train, the dedicated ‘Folk Train’ will run from Manchester Piccadilly to Buxton leaving on Saturday at 11.49am, arriving just in time for the afternoon workshop and evening concerts. Buxton’s Fuzzy Felt World and Tom Bailey will play on the folk train to keep festival goers entertained!

Fuzzy Felt World

On Monday morning, ‘blow the cobwebs’ away and take in the glorious Peak District countryside with The Big Session May Day Ramble led by Oysterband’s own John Jones.

The Big Session May Day Ramble led by Oysterband’s own John Jones

Tickets are now on sale for all events – but hurry they’re selling fast and the festival is anticipated to sell out!

To purchase tickets call Buxton Opera House Box Office on 01298 72190 or visit

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