Hatfield music festival stage times and line-up confirmed

ORGANISERS have announced the stage times for music festival Folk by the Oak at Hatfield House next weekend.

The fifth edition of the family-friendly folk feast takes place in the grounds of the Hertfordshire stately home on Sunday, July 22.

The first group on stage will be at 2pm, with music in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field finishing around 10pm, with an approximate 15-minute change-over period between acts.

Acclaimed Devon acoustic duo Show of Hands will headline the day, with the 2012 line-up also including award-winning Irish vocalist Cara Dillon and the renowned Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

Folk by the Oak organisers have confirmed the running order.

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Approximate set times are:

* 2pm–2.45pm: Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo;

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* 3pm–3.45pm: Nancy Kerr & James Fagan;

* 4pm–4.45pm: Chris Wood;

* 5.05pm–5.55pm: Breabach;

* 6.15pm–7.05pm: Cara Dillon;

* 7.25pm–8.15pm: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain;

* 8.35pm–10pm: Show of Hands.

Access to the festival site will be from 1pm, with FBTO ticket holders able to enjoy the rest of the parkland – but not Hatfield House or gardens – for free from 11am.

Ample free parking is available, with the festival car park open from noon onwards, or for a greener option take the train to Hatfield station, which is just five minutes walk from the site.

Festival-goers are welcome to bring along a picnic and their own drink, including alcohol, but not barbecues.

However, there will be stalls serving hot and cold food and drinks available and a fully licensed bar on site.

Unfortunately, because Folk by the Oak is only a one-day event, there will be no camping facilities.

However, gazebos can be set-up at the back of the auditorium, with space allocated on a first-come-first-served basis at the discretion of the stewards.

Adult tickets cost �34, rising to �38 on the gate, with 50p from every ticket donated to Old Hatfield-based charity The Willow Foundation.

Children aged five to 15 get in for �16 and it’s free for those aged four and under.

To order tickets by phone, call 01432 355416 or visit the festival’s website at www.folkbytheoak.com

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