Laura J Martin and The Lost Brothers set for Folk Festival on the Dock

Laura J Martin

Laura J Martin

With new additions and a big-name host announced for August’s waterfront Folk Festival, GetintothisDavid Hall looks forward to a bank holiday by the shores of the Mersey.

BBC Radio 2 DJ Janice Long has been announced as the host of the main stage at August’s Folk Festival on the Dock. The Liverpool-born DJ and patron of Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, was the first female presenter of Top of the Pops and is renowned for promoting new talent, giving early coverage to artists such as Amy Winehouse, The Smiths and Primal Scream.

The latest announcement sees The Lost Brothers joining the bill on August 27. The Arctic Monkeys-affiliated duo are set to perform songs from their fourth album New Songs of Dawn and Dust, which was produced by Bill Ryder-Jones. Liverpool-born singer-songwriter Laura J Martin, fresh from the success of this year’s dazzling On The Never Never album, will also make a hometown appearance at Folk Festival on the Dock on August 28, ahead of a set at Festival No. 6.

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They join a line-up including Blair Dunlop, The Christians, Henry Priestman, Gilmore & Roberts, Alasdair Roberts Trio, Tom Kitching, John Loomes, Merry Hell, Winter Wilson, Benji Kirkpatrick, and Sam Winston.

The three-day Albert Dock-based Folk Festival on the Dock celebrates its inaugural offering of live acoustic folk, sea shanty and roots music this year over the August bank holiday weekend.

The event is free, with ticketed elements, and takes place August 26-29.