Levellers to play Levelling the Land at Folk by the Oak 2017 in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 20:24 20 December 2016 | UPDATED: 11:13 06 January 2017

Levellers will close the main stage at Folk by the Oak 2017 at Hatfield House

Levellers will close the main stage at Folk by the Oak 2017 at Hatfield House


Levellers will play the main stage at the 2017 Folk by the Oak festival in Hatfield.

Formed in Brighton in 1988, the folk-rock group will close the all-day festival taking place in the grounds of Hatfield House on Sunday, July 16.

Currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of their best known album, the group will play second release Levelling the Land at FBTO 2017.

Fronted by singer and guitarist Mark Chadwick, Levellers will be appearing at Folk by the Oak for the first time.

Levellers will play Levelling The Land at Folk by the Oak at Hatfield House in 2017Levellers will play Levelling The Land at Folk by the Oak at Hatfield House in 2017

Regulars to the Hatfield festival, which takes place in the oak lined grounds of the historic Hertfordshire stately home, have come to expect a dramatic closing set with Folk by the Oak’s trademark fireworks finale.

That honour went to Afro Celt Sound System this summer and Bellowhead in 2015.

Levellers will join that FBTO roll of honour in 2017 by closing the main stage with Levelling the Land live, a blistering set that has recently enjoyed an international sell-out tour celebrating 25 years since the release of the platinum selling album in 1991.

The album includes anthemic single One Way, as well as tracks Fifteen Years, The Game, The Boatman and Battle of the Beanfield.

Festival director Adam Slough said: “I caught one of the recent Levelling the Land gigs and immediately knew I had to book them and treat our audience to one of the most energetic performances around.

Levelling the Land has lost none of its potency since its release.

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


• Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

• Patch & The Giant

• Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

• Kitty Macfarlane

“It’s still a blistering folk/punk experience that stirs the soul and it’s no wonder they are still selling out international tours 25 years later.”

Having announced Kate Rusby last week, the Folk by the Oak team has also added Show of Hands to the 2017 line-up.

Being a one-day festival with two stages in a compact and leafy site, Folk by the Oak organisers are able to create a day packed with wall-to-wall folk and acoustic music.

Folk by the Oak 2017Folk by the Oak 2017

With Shake the Chains announced earlier in the year, there are now just three more acts to be announced for the main stage.

But all seven slots on the smaller Acorn Stage are still to be announced.

Established in 2012, the Acorn Stage has become a platform for a new generation of folk artists and has seen such up-and-coming talent as Sam Kelly, The Young’uns, Keston Cobblers’ Club, Lynched and Kelly Oliver perform in recent years.

• Early bird tickets for Folk by the Oak are now on sale for at www.folkbytheoak.com

Adult early bird tickets cost £33 until midnight on January 31, 2017.

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