Britain’s Got Talent finalist announced for Hatfield music festival’s 2017 line-up

PUBLISHED: 16:59 25 January 2017 | UPDATED: 14:02 07 February 2017

Peach & The Giant will play the Acorn Stage at this summer's Folk by the Oak festival in the grounds of Hatfield House [Picture: Marcus Duran]

Peach & The Giant will play the Acorn Stage at this summer's Folk by the Oak festival in the grounds of Hatfield House [Picture: Marcus Duran]


A former Britain’s Got Talent finalist has been added to the line-up of an all-day music event returning to Hatfield this summer for its 10th festival.

Two more acts have been confirmed for Folk by the Oak’s smaller second stage.

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys and Patch & The Giant will both play the Acorn Stage at FBTO in the grounds of Hatfield House on Sunday, July 16.

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They join the previously announced Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage and Kitty Macfarlane on the stage.

The Levellers will close the main stage at Folk by the Oak 2017, with Show of Hands, Eric Bibb, Kate Rusby and Shake the Chains also on the bill.

Since its inception in 2012, the second arena at FBTO, the aptly named Acorn Stage, has been offering a platform for a new generation of folk musicians, showcasing some of the best up-and-coming talent in the folk world.

Sam Kelly first played the Acorn Stage in 2013 and this year makes a welcome return to headline with The Lost Boys.

He first came to national prominence as a teenager on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2012.

Sam reached the series six final, which was won by Ashleigh and Pudsey, and made his FBTO debut the following year.

Winner of Radio 2’s Horizon Award for emerging new artists 2016, the Cornwall-based singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist will be back this summer as headliner with his band The Lost Boys.

Sam tweeted: “Can’t wait to play this amazing festival again!”

FBTO organisers added: “An all too easy choice this year for us, we are only too happy to welcome back Sam Kelly, this time to headline our Acorn Stage.

“Sam‘s band will fill you full of festival gladness and smiling energy.

Folk by the Oak 2017 line-up so far


• Levellers performing Levelling the Land Live

• Kate Rusby

• Eric Bibb

• Show of Hands

• Shake the Chains

• Leveret


• Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

• Patch & The Giant

• Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

• Fara

• Kitty Macfarlane

• London Youth Folk Ensemble

“Already well respected in the folk world for his passionate rekindling of traditional songs, it feels like he’s been with us for much longer than just five years.

“Sam Kelly’s love of folk music shines through his lively and captivating performances.”

Patch & The Giant are a folk group featuring Luke Owen (lead vocals, guitar, mandolin), Angie Rance (trumpet, flugelhorn, accordion, piano, vocals, harmonica), Gabriel Merryfield (violin, drums), Nick Edward Harris (bass guitar, percussion, harmonica, vocals) and Derek Yau (cello, double bass, piano).

Organisers say on the festival’s website: “Simply brilliant to see live, this London-based band will have you on your feet dancing to their euphoric foot-stomping balladic loveliness.

“Rich vocals are accompanied by a variety of instruments including cello, flugelhorn, accordion, mandolin and trumpet.

“We are really looking forward to this set.”

There are still three more Acorn Stage acts to be announced and two more Main Stage slots to be filled

Early bird tickets for the festival cost £33 until the end of January.

The adult price from February 1 is £36.50.

• Tickets are on sale at

For more on Sam Kelly, visit his website at

For more on Patch & The Giant, visit

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