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The Nest Collective

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For 10 years the NC has been London’s way to experiencing folk, world & new music, creating a community that seeks unique sonorous experiences in unusual spaces.



The Nest Collective is a leading force in contemporary and cross-cultural folk music. We bring people together to experience extraordinary music in unforgettable places, rekindling connections with nature, tradition and community.
Founded in 2005 by Mercury-nominated artist Sam Lee, the Nest Collective began as a small gathering of music and folk lovers. Today, our vibrant annual programme includes a diverse range of music events in locations across the UK, featuring outstanding emerging and established folk, world and roots artists from across the globe.
Because we embrace and encourage connection with nature, many of our events take place outdoors in beautiful green spaces, both in cities and rural areas. We welcome an ever-growing community to our events in London and around the country.
The Nest Collective is proud to collaborate with a host of leading venues including the Southbank Centre, The Roundhouse, The Foundling Museum, Kings Place, Modern Art Oxford, The Royal Academy of Arts, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern & Tate Britain, National Maritime Museum, Cecil Sharp House, Dartington Hall and Gulbenkian.
We also curate stages at a number of major UK music festivals, including Shambala, Cambridge Folk Festival, Bestival, Festival No.6, Port Elliot, How The Light Gets In, The Vault Festival, and Land of Kings.
“Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire” – Gustav Mahler