The Hub Band

The Hub is a music-making area exclusively for young people attending the festival. There are workshops throughout the day, run by experienced musicians and tutors, and it’s also the home of The Hub Band Project. Sessions in the morning are aimed at primary school aged children with the fun wake-up workshops run by The Hub team also appropriate for little ones who haven’t started school yet (and their parents). Children can take part in music, dance and song over the course of the weekend as well as making new friends.

Afternoon workshops are for young people who are aged between 11-18 led by the artists who are performing at the festival. In recent years we have been lucky to have masterclasses by some brilliant musicians including Sam Sweeney, Darlingside, Rhiannon Giddens and Le Vent Du Nord.

For instrumental workshops please bring your own instruments unless otherwise stated.

The Hub Band

The Hub Band Project is a series of workshops at The Hub youth music area, where, led by 4 fantastic tutors from the world of folk and roots music, around 20 young musicians (14-18 years) collaborate with one another, forming The Hub Band. This culminates in a performance by The Hub Band on stage in the Club Tent on the Sunday evening.  It is aimed at those into traditional music from around the world (either individuals or bands) who have already bought tickets for the Festival, plus each year we have a limited number of free tickets to offer to young people in order to take part.

Hub Band Project Co-Ordinator: Folk singer and songwriter Rosie Hood has been co-ordinating The Hub Band project since 2015 having taken over the reigns from Bella Hardy. Rosie is known for her strong, pure voice and enchanting solo performances as well as being one third of The Dovetail Trio. A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and a 2016 Horizon Award nominee, Rosie has taught at folk festivals around the country along with delivering music workshops in care homes and SEN schools. 2017 saw Rosie release her first full-length solo album The Beautiful & The Actual, a collection of old and new folk songs, described by The Guardian as “a classy arrival” ****.
Hub Area Co-Ordinator: Nicola is one half of an award winning Fiddle and Accordion duo Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley. The transatlantic duo have performed at clubs and festivals up and down the country, with tours in America and Canada. Their latest album 'Across The Water' is on release now. Nicola is also an experienced instrumental teacher and workshop leader, running instrumental workshops and community folk bands in Sheffield and across the country at many of the top festivals. Nicola is studying for a PhD researching English contemporary folk music traditions and creativity and change.
2020 Tutors to be announced soon.

IMPORTANT:  Ticket winners will be selected according to the strength and suitability of their music by a panel of music industry professionals. Under 18’s will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. These tickets are extremely limited. If you wish to attend the Festival and take part in The Hub Band project regardless of whether you win free tickets or not, you should buy them in the normal manner when they go on sale, before they sell out. For more info, contact

The number of young people participating in The Hub Band will be limited to 20 to ensure everyone can make the most of the experience. Limited sign up spaces are available at the Festival. However, if you miss the sign up you will not be able to attend. In order to avoid disappointment please make sure you arrive in plenty of time, sign ups start at 11am on Friday at The Hub area and spaces fill up very quickly! This is a weekend long project and you must commit to all sessions in order to be eligible for the performance in the Club Tent on the Sunday.


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