17/11 19/11 GMT

A new village-wide, multi-venue weekend music festival for Hurstpierpoint

17–19 November 2023

HURSTfolk. is the brainchild of Hurstpierpoint resident, Debbie Clare, who has worked in the music industry – both on and off stage – for over 20 years.

A vocalist for Massive Attack, and the agent for a plethora of ground-breaking alternative music artists, Debbie is drawing upon her extensive live music career to weave together this community-focused weekend of live music performances.

When Debbie put a call out for Hurstpierpoint-based musicians to register their interest in being part of the event, she was inundated with enquiries; what she thought might be a one-night line-up has turned into a sprawling 3-day event, featuring traditional venues as well as lesser-utilised spaces.

“HURSTfolk. – it’s not a folk festival!” should have been the tagline; but this is very much a festival for all genres – featuring the “folk” of Hurstpierpoint.

HURSTfolk. showcases the very best of Hurstpierpoint music-makers, as well as the village’s fantastic venues, and a community that wants to get out and support local talent. HURSTfolk. offers a “pay-what-you-can” ticket option, as well as many entirely free-entry events, making it accessible for absolutely everyone. 

100% of the income for the ticketed events will be paid directly to the artists performing.

Jazz etc at Ditchling Village Hall

The fabulous Aneesa Chaudhry sings jazz, blues and Asian fusion, backed by K2: Ashley Knowles (piano/organ/accordion), Patrick Knowles (guitar), Gary Fairchild (bass) and Dave Uden (drums) with special guest Dave Morgan (trumpet) in a relaxed cabaret setting with bar and delicious food available from Tiny Thai.
Tickets £15 from Ditchling Post Office or online – if you’re buying online you have the option of booking for all the year’s events for a special combined discounted price.
See you there!