The annual Spitz Festival of Folk kicks off today (September 6) – for the last time at the legendary East London venue.
The 11-day festival will see bands such as Circulus and Lone Pigeon bring contemporary folk artists together.
This year’s line-up also comprises Oysterband, David Viner and former Cast member John Power as well as several other leading folk musicians.
However, this will be the last time the event is held at the historic Spitz venue overlooking the Old Spitalfield’s Market as the property owners have served an eviction notice to the festival organisers.
The Spitz is now looking for a new home after a petition of over 10, 000 people and a letter of support from the Mayor of London has failed to change the landlord’s mind. The organisers are also seeking financial donations.
“Unless we can find a new home for The Spitz there will be no more Spitz Festivals of Folk, Country or Blues or any other genre”, a spokesperson for the venue said. “The Spitz will cease to be the cultural hub of the Spitalfields Community”
For more information about the folk festival or to donate money to the cause, visit the official Spitz website here.
The 11-date Festival of Folk listings:
Alasdair Roberts + support (September 6)
Circulus + Lisa Knapp + Takao Ito (7)
Lone Pigeon + Parkbench (8)
John Power + The See See (13)
Ralfe Band + support (14)
Oysterband + Mary Hampton (15)
Twisted Folk and The End Of The Road Festival presents: The Young Republic + Dawn Landes + Charlie Parr (19)
Frank Turner + Jonah Matranga + Jacob Golden + Joshua English (20)
Rachel Unthank & The Winterset + Devon Sproule + Bob Rafkin (21)
The Local presents: The Moon Music Orchestra + The Folk Orchestra + Indigo Moss + Natty + Alexi Murdoch + Function (22)
Loose Folk Night featuring: Paris Motel + Mr David Viner (26)