Manchester Folk Festival – Programme announcement: News

Full steam ahead for the 2021 Manchester Folk Festival

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Manchester Folk Festival Announces Programme for October 2021 including

The Futureheads, The Breath, Kathryn Tickell, and Spiers & Boden’s comeback

Manchester Folk Festival has announced its full programme across multiple venues from 21st to 23rd October 2021

Although not able to run in 2020, the festival hosted the live streamed launch of the Official Folk Albums Chart from its festival hub, HOME reaching a digital audience of over 2,5000.

This year’s festival includes what has now become Manchester Folk Festival’s trademark mix of contemporary and traditional folk and acoustic artists from England. The festival also serves as an industry showcase for English Folk and acoustic music, capturing the ears of the world’s festival and venue industry.

Brand new this year is the Festival Club. Taking place at HOME from 11pm – 1am each night (Thurs, Fri, Sat), the Festival Club presents 3 of the best emerging folk artists nightly. Tickets for the Festival Club are very limited and can only be booked in conjunction with the purchase of another Manchester Folk Festival ticket for that day. Artists featuring in our very first Festival Club are Good Habits, The Brothers Gillespie, Chris Elliott and Caitlin Jones, Tom Moore & Archie Moss, Granny’s Attic, Bryony Griffith & Alice Jones, Honey We Three and Ranagri.

Opening on Thursday 21st October, ‘the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene’ (The Guardian) and Bellowhead frontmen, Spiers & Boden perform in HOME’s Theatre 1 as part of their much anticipated Comeback Tour after eight years away. Elsewhere the festival features former I am Kloot frontman John Bramwell showcasing his new band The Full Harmonic Convergence in 02 Ritz while an evening in the intimate Theatre 2 in Home sees rising Bristol-based Lady Nade, Manchester world collective Kabantu and the first of the festival’s new late night Festival Clubs.

Friday night at the festival sees a widening of the city site to include RNCM for the first time, with Manchester-based Jesca Hoop in full band show. Kathryn Tickell &The Darkening bring contemporary and innovative Northumbrian instrumental magic to HOME, while Manchester’s The Breath make their folk festival debut, followed by Sheelanagig in Theatre 2.

About Manchester Folk Festival:

Established in 2017 as development of Homegrown festival in Bury, Manchester Folk Festival takes place over 4 days in venues around the festival hub venue, Home Manchester. The festival attracts over 2,500 audiences annually attending concerts in venues including Home, 02 Ritz, Gorilla, Yes, Comedy Store and Bridgewater Hall. Previous artists have included Billy Bragg, Afro Celt Sound System, Tom Robinson Band, Will Varley, Eliza Carthy, John Smith, Tunng, The Unthanks, Kate Rusby and This is the Kit.

Manchester – this is some fucking folk festival!” Billy Bragg

About English Folk Expo:

English Folk Expo (EFEx) is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation which supports the English folk, roots and acoustic music sector through a variety of projects and initiatives including the annual Manchester Folk Festival and its parallel industry showcase attracting music buyers and programmers from across the world and generating over £2m spend on artist live bookings from each event (source: the hub). It also runs an annual artist mentoring programme, hosts an online platform of resources for fans, artists and industry, collaborates with export organisations across the world on initiatives including the current Global Music Match and more.



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