LONDON’S biggest festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance returns this month – marking its 21st instalment in the capital.

Following a subtle rebrand the Return to London Town festival (formerly named Return to Camden Town) kicks off next week, with a typically bustling schedule of events that take place between October 25 and 28.

And the 2019 lineup truly offers something to suit all – boasting 25 visiting artists, 17 sessions, 60 host musicians, six concerts, one ceili and an album launch night.

So plenty to get stuck into.

As well as the name change, organisers Irish Music and Dance in London (IMDL) have also scouted out some new venues for the festival – which will be predominantly based at The Clayton Crown Hotel in Cricklewood but there will also be events taking place at venues in the surrounding area.

Ahead of their move into the venue, IMDL explained: “Irish Music and Dance in London (IMDL) has enjoyed hosting a number of concerts, rehearsals, parties and sessions at The Crown venue since 2013. We are very excited to be staging our entire four-day Festival there in our 21st year.

“Festival goers will enjoy the same consistently high standard of programming to which they have become accustomed over the last two decades, whilst enjoying the benefits of more space in luxurious surroundings with easy access to bars, restaurants and, if needed, overnight accommodation.”

The Parish Céilí Band are also on the Return to London Town line-up

Artists due to feature in the Festival include Altan, Noel Hill and Brian McGrath, The Mulcahy Family, Johnny Óg Connolly, Caoimhín Ó Fearghail and Paddy Tutty.

Eileen O’Brien, Páraic Mac Donnchadha, Bryan Rooney, Johnny Minogue and Pete Quinn, Nóta, Doreann Glackin and Sarah Flynn and The Parish Céilí Band are also on the bill.

For further information about the festival schedule and to book tickets click here.

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