Folk legends set up their own festival

Joining the booming summer festival scene is Spanfest 2007, with folk legends Steeleye Span taking a leaf out of Fairport's Cropredy book and setting up their own.

Joining the booming summer festival scene is Spanfest 2007, with folk legends Steeleye Span taking a leaf out of Fairport's Cropredy book and setting up their own. Spanfest - Steeleye's only UK date this year - runs at lovely Kentwell Hall, near Long Melford. There'll be two stages - the Main one is in front of the Tudor mansion, plus the Barns Sward stage, which is front of the 14th-century aisled barn. Gates open today, July 27, at 2pm.

Friday features Tanna (Peter Knight, Kevin Dempsey, Tom Leary), who kick off the main stage from 6.30pm, Maddy Prior and Friends (performing material from The Quest project), with headliners Bellowhead, an 11-member riot of sounds and visuals. Bellowhead recently picked up the awards for best live act and best group at the BBC Folk Awards.

After Bellowhead's set, the fun continues in the barns with more music. Earlier, the Barns Sward stage (4-6.30pm) features Laura Younger, the Askew Sisters and Ruth Notman, and (from 11pm) Davis and John Ramirez, then Bof!

Saturday's line-up is Whapweasel (courtyard, from noon, then main stage from 2pm), Ken Nicol, Ashley Hutching's Rainbow Chasers, Feast of Fiddles, Oysterband, Katie Doherty and Steeleye Span. The Barns Sward stage features (11am-2pm) Rosie Eade, Simon Ritchie, Chris and Siobhan Nelson, plus Penni Mclaren Walker and Bryan Causton; from 11pm, it's Mary Humpreys and Anahata, plus the Hosepipe Band.

The hall itself will not be open on the two days. Festival-goers can visit the rare breeds farm, take part in pub and maze games and even try long bow archery and alchemy!

t 01865 241717, 01787 310 207 (weekend: adults £39, child £19.50-£44/£22 on night - Friday only £22/£11, Saturday only £35/£17.50 on night, camping tickets available at £5 pp). www.parkrecords.com

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