Previous winners:

2016 – Delphis
2015 – Aidan & the Wildfires
2014 – Lily of Barbary
2013 – Big Tent & the Gypsy Lantern

Purbeck Rising

We have thousands of applications from bands to perform at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival every year. We think we make pretty good choices when it comes to the music but as Purbeck Valley Folk Festival is your festival as well as ours, we thought it might be a good idea to let you do some of the deciding!

How do I enter?

We’re changing our Purbeck Rising format for 2017 and currently working on a cunning plan to make things run better for everyone. We’ll update the website when we have more news. If you’d like to register your interest, please email us at and we’ll give you more info as soon as it’s available.

The showcase final will still be during the festival weekend. Finalists can enjoy the whole festival weekend.

The prizes

The winning act will win a slot on a main stage at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival next year, a spot at Folk on the Quay festival in Poole June 2018, and one day of recording in Freestyle Studios, Poole.