BILLY Bragg will headline Warwick Folk Festival which celebrates its 40th anniversary this summer.
The veteran singer-songwriter and political activist will play the first night of the four day festival taking place from July 25 to 28 at Warwick School and the surrounding town.
Bragg, who will perform on the Thursday in the main marquee, has been performing and recording for more than 35 years. He was honoured with the PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music award at the Ivor Novello awards last year.
Among the other acts from around the world performing will be Skerryvore, Karan Casey, Calan, Will Pound & Eddy Jay, Breabach, O’Hooley & Tidow and Nancy Kerr.
The festival will also feature dance, ceilidhs, workshops, children’s entertainment, real ale and more.
Festival director Dick Dixon said: “We are delighted to be celebrating our special 40th year and want everyone to come and enjoy that special Warwick Folk Festival magic.
“We have something for everyone, whether it’s great music, camping, workshops, singing, dancing, sessions and giggles galore at what is one of the friendliest and established folk festivals around.
“Billy is an exciting addition to a line-up that celebrates the full range of the eclectic folk world along with the rest of our superb award winning folk stars.”
To mark the 40th anniversary organisers are asking people to send in photographs capturing memories of earlier festivals – from engagements and births, to chance meetings that have sparked musical and personal projects, and generations growing up with the festival.
Email images to firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/warwickfolkfestival
Visit www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk for full details.