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Fringe, Busk Stop, Community Events

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(It's free!)

A chance to hear bands and artists you may not have heard before!  This is our second year of running the fringe, which is mainly for artists and bands who are new to the Bude folk scene; it lets those who do not appear on our main stage to perform at our festival; it's a shop window allowing them to be spotted by other  festival and club organisers. Some acts who were new to us on the 2017 fringe have been booked to play at our 2018 ‘Fringe Benefits’ concert.

The Fringe runs all day (from 11) on Saturday and Sunday, and from 10 – 1 on Monday morning.

Artists apply to play and sing on the fringe and the committee considers their music before they are booked, so you can be sure the calibre will be high!
Picture of Artist at 2017 Fringe
The Fringe takes place in the garden next to the Olive Tree Restaurant on the canal wharf, opposite the Falcon Hotel (where most of our events take place). Entry to the fringe venue is free-  and all are welcome, whether they are visitors to the festival, just visitors to Bude – or residents - and kids, dogs...

(It's free)

New for this year, on
Bude Wharf, this year there will also be a place where any artists or bands can play to the passing crowds! At the Busk Stop there will be a timetable with timed ‘slots’ and anyone who wishes to perform can sign themselves up for a slot.  We expect people who perform at the Fringe, and in the Church to sign up for slots – but who know who else we might discover at the Busk Spot,  who we may not have heard before. Come along and see who is busking in Bude during our Festival.
Logo of Busk Stop

(It's free)

Ashwater Community Steel Band were a great success last year and here they are again! On Monday 28th they will be performing on the Falcon Terrace from 1300-1400 and them offering a workshop from  1400 to 1500 - come and  join in!

Ashwater Community Steel Band

Children's Display Dancing
(It's free)

On Friday 25th May Bude schoolchildren will again be joining us with a dance demonstration at Bude Light. From 1345 to 1600 expect a traditional Bude Furry Dance, Maypole Dancing and other folk dances.