29 Apr-02 May 2016

Travel alert: no trains between Sheffield & Doncaster

Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd May.

See www.northernrailway.co.uk/travel/engineering-works


Since 1972 Wath Festival has been all about great music, community spirit and having a good time.
Some of the biggest names in roots music have played at Wath including, Fairport Convention, Lau, Show of Hands, Adrian Edmondson and The Bad Shepherds, Chas n Dave, Dougie McLean, The Doonan Family Band, Eliza Carthy, Martyn Joseph, The Strawbs, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon & many more.

Our unique tradition of Bunthrowing from the church tower on Saturday at noon, commenced at the bequest of local statesman Thomas Tuke in 1810, to distribute alms to the poor of Wath in the form of 40 dozen penny loaves.

We have lots of community events for all ages including:

  • Bunthrowing
  • Maypole dancing
  • Morris Sides
  • Sword rapping
  • Street theatre
  • Local artists and bands
  • Music and dance workshops
  • Childrens' activities
  • Stalls, Hog Roast, Coffee bar & outdoor bar


Every May day weekend Wath comes alive for 4 days of song, dance & community events.



From Montgomery Hall to The Green & the Town Square there are plenty of free events for all ages as well as ticketed evening and afternoon concerts. Not to mention the legendary "Bun Throwing" from the Church roof top.



2016 is set to be our biggest and best line up yet. We have some huge names signed up already with many more diverse acts to follow.


The 2016 line-up is now complete.

Click the images below to find out more.

  • Show of Hands

    Jez Lowe

    Edward II

    Tom McConville Band

  • Rob Heron & The Teapads

    The Willows

    Merry Hell

  • Billy Mitchell

    Ciaran Algar Band

    Joe Topping

  • Josienne & Ben

    Jon Palmer Acoustic Band

    The Emma Sweeney Trio

  • Jessica Simpson

    The Jaywalkers

    Hannah Sanders

  • Sophie Hosken-Taylor


Online booking is now closed.

All tickets available from the box office in Montgomery Hall from 12 noon on Friday 29th April

or phone 07982 658467 to reserve.
S63 6ER

    • Weekend

    • All concerts

      • Access to all paid concerts
      • at Montgomery Hall
      • Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon
      • £85

    • Friday

    • Evening

      • Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
      • Billy Mitchell (ex. Lindisfarne lead vocalist)
      • Rob Heron & the Teapad Orchestra
      • £20

    • Saturday

    • Afternoon

      • Young Performers Competition
      • Sophie Hosken-Taylor
      • Jon Palmer Band
      • £10

    • Saturday

    • Evening

      • Jez Lowe
      • Tom McConville Band
      • Edward II
      • £23

    • Saturday

    • All day

      • Access all afternoon
      • & evening concerts

      • £30

    • Sunday

    • Afternoon

      • The Jaywalkers
      • Hannah Sanders
      • The Willows
      • £15

    • Sunday

    • Evening

      • Joe Topping
      • The Ciaran Algar Band
      • Show of Hands
      • £25

    • Sunday

    • All day

      • Access all afternoon
      • & evening concerts

      • £36

    • Monday

    • Afternoon

      • The Emma Sweeney Trio
      • Jessica Simpson
      • Merry Hell
      • £8


    • Hotel

    • Double room inc. B&B

      • Special discounted rate
      • Tel: 01709 760666, OPT 3 - reception (NOT reservations)
      • Quote Wath Festival when booking
      • £46 per night

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    • Camping

    • 1 night

      • Friday,
      • Saturday
      • or Sunday night
      • £10 per pitch

    • Camping

    • 3 nights

      • Friday,
      • Saturday
      • & Sunday night
      • £20 per pitch

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Young Performers' Competition

Are you young? Are you a musician? Would you like the opportunity to perform on the main stage of an established folk festival?

Our free entry Young Performers' Competition is open to entrants under 24 years old who perform acoustic, roots, blues or folk music.

Past winners have gone on to release albums, secure national tours alongside established artists and receive nominations at the Radio 2 folk awards. Click the images below to hear more.

  • Hannah Cumming

    Last year's winner. Violinist and singer with a passion for Folk, Klezmer & Classical music

    Sunjay Brayne

    Folk & blues guitar virtuoso recognised as one of the UK's rising stars.

    Rose Redd

    A deep songwriter and flamboyant performer with a unique voice reminiscent of Amy Lee and Alison Moyet.


Prizes include:

  • A slot on the main stage at Wath Festival next year.
  • One day recording session at Purple Pro Audio studio, Leeds.
  • Photoshoot with Sammi Sparke Photography
  • Cash prizes
  • Trophies & more

  • sammi sparkes photography link to website

How to enter

Please send an MP3 attachment of one of your tracks to dannerstockdale@yahoo.co.uk. The quality of the recording is not too important.

Be sure to include your full name, age, location and email address.

Why not have a go? We look forward to hearing from you!


We're always on the look out for volunteers. If you'd like to help out at the festival or just want more information please get in touch.

Artist Submissions

Artist submissions for 2016 are now closed. We welcome submissions for next year from October 2016 onwards.


Wath Festival Organising Committee,
36 Swangate,
Brampton Bierlow,
South Yorkshire,
S63 6ER


07982 658467