Old Baby Mackerel play high-energy, foot-stomping Bluegrass, see their page for videos of their live performances
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Website: https://www.oldbabymackerel.co.uk/
Cost: £25 for the session, or get a weekend ticket.

When to see Old Baby Mackerel

The main marquee (Sandpit Field) in Friday evening’s concert. Click here 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.


Get tickets for the whole weekend, or for individual concerts. Click here for more details.

Old Baby Mackerel

Old Baby Mackerel play high-energy, foot-stomping Bluegrass featuring a dizzying line-up of renowned musicians from some of the UK’s best folk, Americana and festival bands –

  • Aaron Catlow (Sheelanagig),
  • Bill Frampton (Boogaloo String Band),
  • Kai Carter (Young Waters)
  • Mikey Ponsford (Flats & Sharps)
  • Sam Garrard (Ushti Baba).

Their music uses the rhythmic sounds of fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and double bass to get knees bouncing and elbows swinging to the virtuosic sound of blistering solos and sweet harmonies. Be prepared to be transported back in time to the early 20th century and across the Atlantic to North America where songs dramatized the small town fascination with locomotion, the trials of murderous drunks and the veneration of whisky and bootleg liquor.

The band formed in 2016 and quickly gathered a following on the UK festival circuit before going on to tour the UK, Thailand, Germany, Portugal, Italy and Austria. Old Baby Mackerel have headlined the Northern-Irish, Cornish and Swiss Bluegrass festivals and played on stages such as Chai Wallah at Shambala Festival, Field of Avalon and Greenpeace at Glastonbury Festival and the main stages of Acoustic Summer in Germany and Jai Thep in Thailand.


“That’s the first Bluegrass track I’ve played on Upload and I love it, so, so good!” – Adam Crowther, BBC Radio Bristol

“A fine band of musicians and entertainers who would be at home playing in any holler in Appalachia. Real crowd pleasers with every tune and song they perform.” – Richard Hurst, N. Ireland Bluegrass Music Festival Organiser

Gig highlights:

  • Bluegrass Festivals:
  • The Northern Ireland Bluegrass Festival (Main Stage)
  • Willisau International Bluegrass Festival, Switzerland (Main Stage)
  • The Cornish Bluegrass festival, UK (Main Stage)

Commercial festivals:

  • Glastonbury Festival, UK (Bimble, Greenpeace, Small World, Lizard)
  • Shambala Festival, UK (Chai Wallahs Stage)
  • Purbeck Folk Festival, UK (Main Stage)
  • Acoustic Summer Dusseldorf, Germany (Main Stage)
  • Jai Thep Festival, Thailand (Main Stage)
  • Mandrea Festival, Italy (Main Stage)
  • Pflasterspektakel, Austria (Main Stages)
  • Festival Internacional De Bandas, Sertã, Portugal (Main Stage)

Venues of Note:

  • Green Note Cafe, London UK
  • St George’s Hall, Bristol UK
  • Soul Bar, Bangkok