Manchester Folk Festival is an annual urban folk festival, a gathering of all kinds of folk.
Contemporary folk straddles genres, embraces different cultures and absorbs new influences. Manchester Folk Festival’s aim is to profile the incredible range of great music that is described as folk and bring audiences the best of the current scene.
From Wed 16 – Sun 20 October 2019 Manchester celebrates the best of English folk and acoustic roots music. The whole festival takes place in one area of the city centre, across a handful of great venues, all within a few minutes’ walk from each other. Here at HOME you’ll be at the heart of the festival, with Gorilla, The Ritz and Manchester Central also hosting gigs.
This is a festival of discovery, with its roots firmly in the traditions of the past, and eyes on the future. Each year it brings some of the biggest names in folk to the city in an imaginative programme which presents familiar names alongside exciting new voices, creative workshops and relaxed sing-arounds.
Manchester Folk Festival is produced by David Agnew, Artistic Director of The Met and Head for the Hills Festival in Ramsbottom. Manchester Folk Festival works in collaboration with the music industry event English Folk Expo. English Folk Expo is the music industry showcase for English folk, roots and acoustic music attracting around 200 festival and venue representatives from across the world. This year the festival also plays host to the annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, welcoming audiences and the music industry to a prestigious live awards show at The Bridgewater Hall.