In recent years, Leigh Folk Festival’s Open Mic “competition” has developed into a prestigious event attracting a myriad cross-section of musical genres whilst, at the same time, effortlessly bridging the generation gap.
The peaceful sobriety and acoustic resonance of Leigh’s 600 year old church of St. Clement, the patron saint of fishermen, is both a spectacular and ideal venue. Passing visitors can muse a while, enjoy a free ad-hoc concert while sampling the scrumptious home-made tea and cakes gleefully served-up by the hospitable band of church helpers.
The following significant off-shoots have become established features of the festival’s Open Mic event:-
• The winner is awarded a “spot” on one of the Festival stages on Sunday in the buzzing and historical setting of the Old Town’s cockling village.
• All finalists are invited by the Hoy at Anchor, the town’s premier folk club, to headline one of the folk club’s evening sessions during the year.
• Numerous acts who impress at the Open Mic continue to be approached by the LFF organisers to appear at the following year’s festival in their own right.
Performers are given a ten minute slot allowing them two numbers – this can literally be anything of their choice. There are 16 available slots.
Registration takes place at 12.00 mid-day with the first act timed to begin at 12.30 pm.
Four acts will be selected by the judges to perform a third number of their choice in the FINAL which will take place at 3.45 pm.
Activities, Music, Saturday