European Shanty Festivals in 2018

Maritime Music Festivals across Europe for you to get stuck into!

The Gloucester Shanty Festival has been postponed until next year, in the mean time we’ve had a look around for some other festivals that you’ll be able to get your Sea Shanty fix at.

Although there might be dozens of Folk Music Festivals where Sea Shanty music would be able to slot nicely in at, these festivals are purely dedicated to Maritime Music and Seafaring culture, making them rare and unique events that are well worth attending.

Take a glance at this list of European Sea Shanty Festival and see if there are any that take your fancy:

Coastliners Sea Shanty and Sea Folk Festival

Offering a variety of free and ticketed events in the space of a day, Coastliners is a great day out for families looking to soak up some maritime culture. Poole is one of England’s oldest port towns that still retains its maritime charm of yore. Students from the Arts University Bournemouth have been working on this event all year and have organised a stellar lineup of activities that should keep families entertained all day. Expect plenty of shanty bands, film screenings, exhibitions and cultural talks.

21st April 2018, Bournemouth, UK


Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

Officially one of the biggest Maritime music festivals in Europe, the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival is an annual event that draws in thousands of people each year to the charming seaside town. All events (bar the ticketed Gala Concerted event) are absolutely free with donations being collected for the RNLI throughout the course of the weekend. Multiple venues play host to a huge variety of Maritime bands including many big international acts.

22nd – 24th June 2018, Falmouth, UK


Baltic Shanty Festival

The wonderful thing about Maritime music is that you can find it all over the world! Throughout the centuries sailors have shared their sea shanties with each other, this has led to a set of standards developing that most Maritime music fans will be familiar with. Just take a trip out to the stunning Åland Islands during the Baltic Shanty Festival and you’ll soon find out for yourself. Situated between Sweden and Finland, this festival is one of the most authentic Maritime festivals in the end – not to be missed!

29th June – 1st July 2018, The Åland Islands, Finland


Clovelly Maritime Festival

Besides being a lovely seaside village with enough old world charm to sink a small vessel, Clovelly also hosts an annual Maritime Festival in aid of their local Sea Cadets groups. There’s more than enough to keep you entertained for the day: the Clovelly Cup Rally brings together competitors from the North Devon Yacht Club, live music from Shanty bands will also be out in force along with traditional seaside performers. One standard admission will cover all entertainment, whilst Under 16s can go free if they come in Maritime themed fancy dress.

14th July 2018, Clovelly, UK