Barking goes electric with record Folk Festival crowds

PUBLISHED: 17:43 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:43 11 June 2018

Barking Folk Festival took place over the weekend. Pic: Gurpreet Bhatia

Barking Folk Festival took place over the weekend. Pic: Gurpreet Bhatia


The borough went electric last weekend with record crowds at the Barking Folk Festival.

Warm weather made the two-day event one to remember for the 10,000 visitors who soaked in the carnival atmosphere at Abbey Green.

Fan favourites Beans on Toast returned to the historic Abbey Ruins in a line-up headlined by Ferocious Dog on Saturday and The Unthanks on Sunday.

Craft workshops and magicians entertained families while the crowd got on their feet to Ukrainian, Slovak, Bhangra and Irish dance performances.

Sunday’s show was a female-led, exploring the ‘art of protest’.

Barking Folk Festival took place over the weekend. Pic: Gurpreet BhatiaBarking Folk Festival took place over the weekend. Pic: Gurpreet Bhatia

The day included a first rendition of the borough’s Women’s Anthem by a choir of locals who live and work within Barking and Dagenham.

The song marked a century since the first British women won the right to vote.

The festival was a “fantastic weekend” with something for the whole family”, said council leader Darren Rodwell.

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