Merry Hell

Multi-award winning Merry Hell offer joyful, uplifting folk-rock. Native to North-West England, built from the embers of much loved folk-punk band The Tansads.
Cost: £28 for the session, or get a weekend ticket.
Merry Hell were so brilliant in 2023, they're playing at the Swanage Folk Festival again this year

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When to see Merry Hell

The main stage Friday evening’s concert. Scroll down to see the other bands playing in that session.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets early.

Festival locations

Events are located around the town centre, mainly Sandpit Field and Shore road. Click here for a map of the locations.


You can get tickets for individual concerts, or for the whole weekend. Click here for more details.

Merry Hell

Multi-award winning Merry Hell offer joyful, uplifting folk-rock, with a message of hope for troubled times. Native to the North-West of England, the 8-piece musical charabanc emerged from the embers of the much-loved folk-punk band The Tansads, before developing a life and feel all of its own.

Their energy and passion is complemented by their love of what they do and desire to share hope and togetherness with as many people as possible. Through 6 well-received albums and hundreds of gigs, they’ve offered voices of hope and beacons of light to anyone valuing both melody and positive humanity.

Their live appearances have won many admirers, a recent review referred to “every performance a celebration” and they are currently holders of’s Best Live Band Award.

The group performs as either a full electric 8-piece or a slimmed down, more acoustic 6-piece but offer all the songs, all the spirit and all the energy. Emergency Lullabies, their latest album, gained wonderful reviews, significant airplay and a place in the UK Official Folk Chart, with the 2021 single When We Meet Again hitting No.8 in the USA Folk Radio charts – all confirming that this is a band on the rise!

Also playing in the same session as Merry Hell

Granny’s Attic

Granny’s Attic

With exceptional musicianship and boundless energy, Granny’s Attic are one of the most exciting and accomplished acts on the English folk scene.

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Each year Swanage is filled with a music and dance spectacle,
including FREE and ticketed events across the weekend.


On Sandpit field

Craft fair, children’s entertainment, afternoon concerts 

All around the town

Dance displays, the procession and the fringe

Tickets needed

Evening concerts on Sandpit field

Concerts in the Conservative Club

Ceilidh in Swanage School

Workshops - various locations