St Ives September Festival

LINDISFARNE, the legendary folk rock pioneers with unforgettable songs like Meet Me On The Corner, Fog On The Tyne, Lady Eleanor and Run For Home and a reputation for live performance second to none, will headline the opening night of the 2022 St Ives September Festival at The Guildhall on Saturday, September 10. Tickets are selling fast so don’t miss out. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

THE GUILDHALL line-up will also feature Emily Barker with Lukas Drinkwater, Dr Feelgood, Brooks Williams and Dan Walsh, Peggy Seeger, Tir ha Tavas, Laurence Jones Band, ‘Queen Live’ tribute show, The Countrymen, FOS Brothers, Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band on their farewell tour and the return of the Fleetwood Mac Songbook. Click here to BOOK TICKETS and see further information for all Guildhall shows.


SETH LAKEMAN GOES TO CHURCH! The West Country folk star (right), who sold out The Guildhall for the opening night of the 2018 St Ives September Festival, has done it again as he returns  on Sunday September 11 for the biggest muscial event ever held at St Ia Church

St Ia Church’s fantastic Festival line-up also includes Voice winner Molly Hocking (left), Winter Mountain, Bailey Tomkinson, Suzie Mac, Bryher’s Boys, Will Keating and John Dowling, Our Atlantic Roots, Twin Harmony, Johnny Cowling, Toby Webb, Claude Bourbon The Hummingbirds, Cornish Roots Big Band, Cornwall Concert Orchestra, Four Lanes Choir, Helston Town Band’s Last Night of the Proms and more. Click here to BOOK TICKETS and see further information for all St Ia Church shows.

JOHN OTWAY and WILD WILLY BARRETT return to St Ives Theatre with another evening of musical mayhem on the Festival’s opening night (Saturday, Sept 10). Click here to BOOK TICKETS

Kidz R Us adults are presenting their summer show CALENDAR GIRLS THE MUSICAL at St Ives Theatre on both Tuesday nights of the September Festival. For more info and to book tickets go to the Festival Venues page and click on St Ives Theatre. 

Pianist REBECCA HUNT premieres WAVEFORMS – Piano Compositions Inspired By The Art of Dame Barbara Hepworth at the Penwith Gallery on Thursday, September 15. For more information go to the Festival Venues page and click on Penwith Gallery. Click here to BOOK TICKETS

If you would like your event to be part of the 2022 Festival email and we’ll get back to you.
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HUGE THANKS to everyone who supported, helped with and attended the 2021 St Ives September Festival of music and arts as we returned following 2020’s unavoidable cancellation.
Many difficulties had to be overcome to get our show back on the road with the 2021 Festival being organised in a much shorter timescale and with a greatly-reduced team following all the Covid lockdowns and restrictions – but we are proud to have made it!

All our sponsors – Tregenna Castle Hotel and Resort, St Ives Town Council, St Ives BID, Aspects Holidays, St Ives Rotary, Millerson estate agents, A1 Cars and Greenwood Wilson accountants. If your company or organisation would like to enjoy the benefits of sponsoring the St Ives September Festival please email us at and we’ll get someone to talk to you.
All venues, organisations and performers who promoted shows and events at last year’s Festival, coping so well with all the Covid problems, along with the 40 artists who welcomed visitors to Open Studios.
All our volunteers without whom the St Ives September Festival would not take place.
And, especially, all Festival-goers from near and far who returned – or came for the first time – to support our Festival despite understandable concerns over the pandemic. We hope to see you all again this year.

Congratulations St Ives September Festival for an amazing couple of weeks – what a perfect way to restart events at The Guildhall! A big thank you to everyone who came along and to all of the incredible acts – here’s to doing it all again next year!

The dates for future years’ September Festivals are:
2022: 10th – 24th, 2023: 9th – 23rd, 2024: 14th – 28th, 2025: 13th – 27th

Message from Cllr Kirsty Arthur, Mayor of St Ives:

I was so delighted to welcome the September Festival back to St Ives this year!
The Festival is a long-running event for the town attracting many people from all over the world.
Unlike other “tourist towns” in the UK, St Ives has a unique and historic link with arts and culture and the September Festival is a fantastic coming together of all aspects of both.
Whether you are interested in spoken word, live music, poetry, art, history . . . the September Festival has it all within the most beautiful setting, St Ives town!
I must also take this opportunity to thank the volunteers and organisers of the September Festival.
2020 saw the whole world impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Industries struggled, especially the Arts industry. Now is the time to support and promote them as best we can.

A message from our Arts Patron:

The Leach Pottery is honoured to support the St Ives September Festival as their Arts Patron. Since our foundation in 1920, we have supported the creative arts in St Ives. It is especially fitting that we can renew our historic connections and come together once again to champion our shared values of artistic collaboration and exchange. We invite everyone to join in with our Leach 100+ celebrations and visit us.
Libby Buckley, Leach Pottery Director