Dust off the tarps — Edmonton Folk Fest is returning this summer

Edmonton Folk Music Festival on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Eric Beck, Global News

Get your tarps and folding chairs ready: the hill will be alive with the sound of music once again this summer in Edmonton, where a beloved music festival is returning after a two-year absence.

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival announced Monday afternoon it will return to Gallagher Park from Aug. 4 to 7.

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On March 1, folk fest released an early glimpse at this year’s lineup by announcing five artists.

The War on Drugs, Allison Russell, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Lord Huron, and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will all perform at the festival this summer.

“This will be one of the most exciting lineups in the history of the Edmonton Folk Festival,” Festival producer Terry Wickham said in a statement

“I can’t think of a better spirit than Buffy Sainte-Marie to welcome us back to Gallagher Park on Thursday, August 4th.”

The full festival lineup will be released on May 25.

Folk Fest was cancelled two years in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more: Edmonton Folk Fest will not take place this summer

Last summer, the festivals changed things up by offering COVID-friendly street concerts in local neighbourhoods.

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For more than four decades, the music festival has taken over Gallagher Park in Edmonton’s North Saskatchewan River valley, welcoming both Canadian and international artists.


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