St Ives September Festival

9 Sep 2017 to 23 Sep 2017
St Ives September Festival
St Ives September Festival
St Ives September Festival
St Ives September Festival
St Ives September Festival
Show of Hands St Ives September Festival
Flats & Sharps, St Ives September Festival
Toploader, St Ives September Festival
Venues around the town
Venues around the town
St Ives
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What’s it all about?

Started in 1978, the festival lasts for fifteen days offering a wide range of music, arts and literature events in locations throughout St Ives, attracting visitors from far and wide.

What happens?

With music, visual arts, poetry, literature, theatre and cinema on offer around St Ives, in Cornwall. 

This year’s Festival will take place over 15 days from Saturday, September 9 , to Saturday, September 23.

The first three major attractions have been announced for the three prime Saturday night concert slots at the Guildhall, St Ives, and all are former BBC Radio Two Folk Award winners.

The John McCusker Band headline the opening night on September 9, Cornwall-based group The Changing Room take the middle Saturday night on September 16 with iconic Irish singer Cara Dillon closing the Festival on September 23.

Festival regulars Show of Hands, winners of three BBC 2 Folk awards, will perform at St Ives Guildhall on Sunday, September 10. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer - the patrons of the St Ives September Festival - will be appearing with Miranda Sykes. Show of Hands last appeared at the Festival in 2015.

Line up also include Flats and Sharps who will appear at the Guildhall in St Ives on Monday, September 11.

Toploader, who have sold more than two million albums worldwide are also being welcomed to the town in 2017.

Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, from the famous London jazz club, will be back in St Ives for two more nights at this year's September Festival following their double sell-out success last year. They will perform their Soho Songbook at The Western Hotel on Tuesday, September 19, before showcasing 100 Years of Ella Fitzgerald the following night to mark a century since the birth of the incomparable jazz singer. The hotel's Festival fortnight begins with London-based Almagro Ensemble's contemporary tango night on Monday, September 11, bringing new innovations in tango from Argentina to a European audience. The following night Jazzolea present "The mystery of jazz through Flamenco". Wednesday, September 13, features saxophonist Gilad Atzmon with his John Coltrane Project, an interpretation of the music of the legendary American musician.

For further information about  the 2017  Festival - which will includes music, theatre, poetry, film, walks, talks and arts events - go to


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Ticket prices vary depending upon event, from £20 to £24

Ticketed gigs take place at The Guildhall and The Western Hotel which hosts a full programme. There will be music of all types in the Guildhall and the Pubs.

Other attractions

Other attractions include arts workshops and classes, arts exhibitions, talks, walks, theatre, comedy, films, cabaret, street entertainment, poetry, and many other events. As well as Open Studios, where local artists open their workspaces to the public in order to feature their work in art, ceramics, textiles and glass; there will also be an art exhibition in the St Ives School of Painting and ceramic pit firing on Porthmeor Beach.

Did you know?

There are only four Tate Galleries in the world and one of them is right here in St Ives. Opened in 1993 in recognition of the international importance of art in Cornwall and St. Ives in particular, the impressive gallery holds hundreds of works produced by the St. Ives School from the late 1800's through to the 21st century.

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