Find out about Derby and Derbyshire music festivals held throughout the year in the city and across the county.
Ranging from blackened crust metal to folk and indiepop, and held in fields, parks and music venues there’s bound to be something that appeals to your ear. Know a Derbyshire music festival we’ve missed? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Derby and Derbyshire Music Festivals
2Q, Derby – April
The multi-venue city centre festival is taking a break in 2018 but is set to return in 2019 with a mix of indie and alternative rock at venues including The Venue, Hairy Dog, Silk Mill, and Guildhall. Previous festivals have included performances from IDLES, Temples, Milburn, and a stage curated by the BBC Introducing East Midlands team.
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Bearded Theory, Catton Hall, Derbyshire, – 24-27 May 2018
Jimmy Cliff will headline the Sunday night of the 2018 edition of this award-winning festival but headliners are yet to be announced on other days. The line-up is already looking packed with alternative acts including Sleaford Mods, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sleeper, Therapy?, Rews, and Altern-8.
Download, Castle Donnington, Derbyshire – 8-10 June 2018
Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica and Pearl Jam have all been announced to headline Download in 2018, with bands including Alice in Chains, Weezer, and Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes across the rest of the bill. The alternative festival has been running at Donnington Park for the last xxx years, formerly the home of the iconic Monsters of Rock Festival.
Ripley Music Festival, Ripley – July
A local festival with a DIY approach and charity at its heart Ripley Music Festival (formerly ROMFest) takes place each year and brings the best local acts – from singer-songwriters to brass bands – to stages in Ripley and Waingroves. A number of fundraiser events run throughout the year to support the event.
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- Ripley Music Festival continues this weekend
- Applications open for Ripley Music Festival
The Eyes Have It, Eyes Meadows, Duffield, Derbyshire – 6-8 July 2018
Growing year on year the boutique The Eyes Have It music festival is held on Eyes Meadow in Duffield and in 2018 will be headlined by Hazel O’Connor, From The Jam and Showaddywaddy with more acts, including local artists, still to be announced.
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Blok Out, Locko Park, Derby – 13-15 July 2018
A new music and food festival to be held for the first time in 2018, at Locko Park near Spondon, Derby. The festival has already announced indie stalwarts Hoosiers and Cast as well as Legends of GLC, Scribble Victory and Eyre Llew with more acts including headliners yet to be revealed.
Y Not Festival, nr Pikehall, Derbyshire – 26-29 July 2018
After an unfortunate run in 2017, which saw the festival cut short due to bad weather, the planned return is underway for Summer 2018. Now in its thirteenth year the festival focuses on music and acts that have a reputation for great live performances describing their line up as “a melting pot of emerging, established, eclectic, emotional, energetic, expressive and exhilarating live music”.
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- Y Not Festival issues refunds and commits to 2018 event
- Y Not Festival clear up underway after final day cancelled due to weather
- Y Not Festival closes early after poor weather leads to safety fears
Indietracks, Midland Railway Centre, Ripley, Derbyshire – 27-29 July 2018
A small festival with a big heart, Indietracks takes over Midland Railway Centre for one weekend of the year bringing classic indiepop to the vintage railway with past headliners including Belle and Sebastian, Camera Obscura, Saint Etienne, and The Wedding Present. The festival is committed to diversity across its line up with many emerging bands in the indiepop, cute core and punk pop genres playing – performances in recent years have included those from Desperate Journalist, The Tuts, and Martha – and has a real community and family-friendly feel.
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Bloodstock, Catton Park, Derbyshire – 9-12 August 2018
One of the biggest heavy metal festivals in the UK this year’s Bloodstock will be headlined by Judas Priest, Gojira, and Nightwish with performances from Suicidal Tendancies, Bloodbath, Mr Big and Combichrist across the weekend.
OsFest, Church Broughton, Derbyshire – 24-26 August 2018
Billing itself as Derbyshire’s best free music festival OsFest boasts a massive line up of (mainly) local bands across the three days of August Bank Holiday on its site in Church Broughton.
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Rec Rock, Buxworth, Derbyshire – September
In the heart of the Peak District and entering its fourth year Rec Rock is a family friendly festival which has included Tim Peaks Diner among its stages. In 2017 acts including Space and Cabbage took to the stage.
Derby Folk Festival, Derby – 4-7 October 2018
A multi-venue festival taking place in Derby city centre including making use of the Guildhall, The Old Bell and pop-up stages on Cathedral Green Derby Folk Festival is now an established event in the calendar bringing together acts including Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band, John Tams and Barry Coope, and Winter Wilson.
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