This August, we are gathering in beautiful green spaces in London, Bristol and Sheffield to hear extraordinary live music.
In the simple way that people have done for thousands of years, we will come together around the fire to enjoy music, food, drink, and the company of others.
For those of you that can’t join us in person, we’re very excited to be bringing the magic of music and nature to you in your homes via our Campfire Club: Live online broadcasts. Simply purchase a digital live-stream ticket to tune in for the early evening performances (6pm - 8pm) from the comfort of your home. Each broadcast will be presented by folk singer Sam Lee, who will introduce you to the two artists performing around the campfire that evening.
There will be no on-site catering available; you are welcome to bring your own food. Please do not bring your own alcohol, as we will be running a bar.
We are thrilled to share the line up of outstanding artists who we will be featuring across the series:
• Saturday 8th August in London: Sam Amidon, Hannah Read
• Wednesday 12th August in London: The Hut People, Kadialy Kouyate
• Saturday 15th August in Sheffield: Rowan Rheingans, Jim Moray
• Wednesday 19th August in Bristol: Dizraeli, Kitty Macfarlane
• Saturday 22nd August in London: Millicent Chapanda, Germa Adan
• Wednesday 26th August in London: Nick Hart, Ewan McLennan
Sam Amidon is an American folk artist, originally from Vermont, US. His parents are Peter Amidon and Mary Alice Amidon, both well-established folk musicians who raised him on a diet of old Irish and Appalachian folk. Amidon is a member of the Icelandic music collective/record label Bedroom Community, and is a multi-instrumentalist. As well as singing, Amidon plays fiddle, guitar and banjo.
He has released a string of acclaimed albums on the Bedroom Community and Nonesuch labels, ranging in theme from interpretations of traditional Irish fiddle pieces to old-time melodies and tales from traditional American folk history. His albums draw on old work songs, ballads, hymns and other sonic artefacts from the past, reimagining them in bold, creative new ways to breathe new life into them and recontextualising them alongside original compositions.
Born and raised in Scotland and now residing in Brooklyn, New York, Hannah Read is a versatile multi-instrumentalist widely recognized on the International stage. She’s best known for her fiddle playing, songwriting and composing and was recently described as one of “the finest singers of the day” in the UK’s MOJO Magazine. Hannah leads her own band and is an in-demand collaborator on both sides of the Atlantic – including one part of the critically acclaimed British folk super-group ‘Songs of Separation’, winners of ‘Album of the Year’ at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Master Shipwright's Palace
Our venue for Campfire Club in London this August is a special one. Long-time fans of the Nest Collective will know it as the site of our summer festivals in previous years. The house itself is the oldest upstanding building of the former Deptford Royal Dockyard - home and office of the master shipwright since 1513 - remodelled in the early 18th century. It has a spectacular riverside garden, ideal for holding a small, socially-distanced audience.
"Hidden London at its delightful best" - The Telegraph
Keeping you safe
We are taking a number of measures to help everyone feel safe during these concerts, including:
- Significantly reducing our audience numbers
- Operating a safe queuing system at the bar
- Running a paperless, cashless system - card payments only please
- No printed tickets required, our door staff will have your order details
- Staff will be wearing PPE
- Hand sanitiser will be available on arrival, at the bar and at toilets
In return, we ask that you:
- Keep to the timings for the show you have booked
- Show your ticket on a mobile device rather than printed tickets
- Keep a safe distance away from other visitors and staff, and respect the safeguarding wishes of others
- Wash your hands using hand sanitiser at appropriate points
- Support our staff by showing patience whenever queuing is required
- Use your own personal protective equipment (PPE), if you choose to do so
- Regrettably, please do not bring dogs to any of our events
- Keep your belongings with you at all times and take your litter home
Our audiences say:
“The music of all the Campfire Club gigs I went to was outstanding, but what really makes them special is the atmosphere – beautiful, intimate venues, attentive listening and lovely people really make these idyllic ways to spend an evening.”
“This event was phenomenal. I cannot wait until I have an opportunity to attend another one. It was well organised and the musicians were something else. I certainly didn’t feel as though I was in Peckham, but some enchanted woodlands.”
“Walking into a wonderland of nature with beautiful music and people, it made me feel wonderfully elated.”