If the Reading festival is too big and rocky for your tastes, try the intimate Suffolk & Good Festival this weekend, a family-oriented rootsy event with a capacity of just 3,000. An extensive and cosmopolitan bill is headed by ex-Planxty man Paul Brady who is backed up by Woodstock veteran Richie Havens, the prolific Nick Lowe and perennial folk circuit favourite John Martyn (above). Further down the two-day bill are Mercury Music Prize nominee Eliza Carthy, Irish singer-songwriter Sinead Lohan, Papa Wemba's 10-piece Zairean band and French-Canadian outfit Gwazigan. There's also American mountain music, Celtic folk, a touch of quality country and lots more on offer.
Suffolk & Good Festival, Stansfield Hall, Suffolk (01284 789471/01223 511511) today & tomorrow, weekend tickets pounds 34 /pounds 22 per day.