Music and performance festival set to take over Durham

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DURHAM’S cobbled streets will be alive with the sound of music once again this summer.

Now in its seventh year, The Durham Streets Summer Festival is returning in August with what promises to be its biggest event yet.

From Sunday, August 4, to Monday, August 26, the city will play host to street entertainment and musical performances from around the world.

Highlights will include Folk in the Garden, a series of intimate Sunday afternoon shows from young folk talent at Crook Hall and Gardens on the banks of the River Wear.

Melanie Sensicle, chief executive of Visit County Durham, said: “The Durham Streets Summer Festival is an integral part of Durham’s events programme, and a real treat for people of all ages who enjoy being enthralled, amazed and amused by music and street performance.

“As happened last year, Folk in the Garden kicks off the festival in style, showcasing the best in young folk talent.

“Crook Hall itself adds hugely to the atmospheric quality of the performances, and provides a unique opportunity to visit one of Durham’s finest attractions whilst enjoying the sounds of some outstanding musical talents.”

Maggie Bell, owner of the 13th-century grade I listed medieval hall, said: “This is our third year of hosting Folk in the Garden as part of the Durham Streets Summer Festival, and we are thrilled with the 2013 line-up.

“The concerts feature some incredible acts, and we look forward to welcoming the audiences to see these three artists, who are in for a treat both musically, and with the lovely location.”

Each concert begin at 4pm but the Streets ticket allows access to Crook Hall and Gardens from 3pm.

Tickets are priced at £6.50 for each show, or a series ticket can be purchased for £18.

For more information on the programme visit