Halifax Urban Folk Festival returns live for its 12th edition in 2021

Showcase of Atlantic singers, songs, and stories takes place August 29 through September 5.

Matt Mays is one of the headliners at this year's Halifax Urban Folk Festival.
Matt Mays is one of the headliners at this year's Halifax Urban Folk Festival.

As life continues to return to some sense of normalcy, there is perhaps no better indicator than the return of the Halifax Urban Folk Festival (HUFF).

Anchored at The Carleton in downtown Halifax over eight days from August 29 through September 5, HUFF will also feature free live music at Brightwood Brewery and New Scotland Brewery on September 4 and 5. The festival will also offer free concerts at Halifax’s Grand Parade Square as part of the Patio Lanterns Festival over the Labour Day long weekend. Performers for these three stages will be announced next week.

“Like last year, the talent has been programmed exclusively from the Atlantic region,” says Mike Campbell, HUFF’s artistic director in a media release. “And COVID-19 has dictated that the 2021 Halifax Urban Folk Festival will again be smaller than usual but smaller doesn’t mean less mighty.”

Among the headliners at the 12th edition of the popular music festival are Reeny Smith, Matt Mays, Postdata and the Nathan Wiley Band alongside songwriters circles featuring a line-up of Atlantic Canadian musicians.

“We are happy to be able to bring some much-needed live entertainment to audiences we know are starved for it,” concludes Campbell.

The HUFF lineup at The Carleton includes:

August 29: Songwriters Circle featuring Carleton Stone, Sunsetto and Erin Costelo
August 30: Reeny Smith Band w/ an opening Songwriters Circle featuring Jah’Mila, Keonté Beals and Mahalia Smith
August 31: Matt Mays – Mantle Music Live
September 1: Braden Lam Band with an opening songwriters circle featuring Keeper E., Pillow Fite and Awolk
September 2: Christina Martin Band with an opening songwriters circle featuring Burry, Taryn Kawaja and Zamani
September 3: Andrew Waite and The Firm
September 4: Postdata with an opening songwriters circle featuring Blue In Tokio and Mathias Kom
September 5: Nathan Wiley Band with Dusted

Tickets for the 2021 Halifax Urban Folk Festival are now available at halifaxurbanfolkfestival.com or thecarleton.ca.

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