Full line up released as Leigh Library Gardens gears up to host comedy, music and entertainment event

The Garden Gatherings is a 3-day festival of music, comedy and arts, produced by Leigh Folk Arts from 3-5 September. Taking place in the picturesque grounds of Leigh Library Gardens, this is a jam-packed weekend of entertainment not to be missed! 

On Friday 3 September an evening gala of side-splitting open-air comedy in partnership with Little Smash Comedy will kick-off proceedings with limited unreserved seating tickets available. 

The lineup is packed with 11 top-class comedians who’ll have you in stitches! We’ll welcome Edinburgh Fringe’s Best Newcomer 2016 Jayde Adams; host of the Two Vegan Idiots podcast and Mock The Week regular Carl Donnelly; Britain’s Got Talent’s musically comedic runner up Robert White; Celebrity Gogglebox and Amused Moose National New Comic Award winner Babatunde Aleshe; and Mark Simmons who regularly supports Rob Brydon, Seann Walsh and Rob Beckett.

Also performing; ITV’s Stand Up Sketch Show comic Esther Manito; Essex’s own and Comedy Central’s Transmission co-star and creator Jordan Gray; official tour support for Russell Kane and Little Smash Comedy founder Ross McGrane; Radio Essex weekend breakfast show host John Oakes; Southend boy Matt Adlington; and no-nonsense, down to earth Janet Garner completes the lineup.

Tickets for this intimate gala comedy night are £15 available from www.thegardengatherings.com 

As previously announced, Saturday 4 September features a line-up curated by Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly in partnership with Leigh Folk Arts and BBC Introducing in Essex that will culminate in the live debut of his new project, ‘The Confluence V1: Where two rivers meet’, alongside special guests. 

Support comes from Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, Mabes, Sam Eagle; BBC Radio 1, BLAB and Beckie Margaret. The show takes place in the 15th anniversary year since the release of Get Cape’s debut album.

Tickets are fast selling out for Get Cape’s hometown show; £15 available from www.thegardengatherings.com

Sunday 5 September will culminate in a full day of FREE live folk, roots, Americana and soul, with performances, workshops, food and celebrations across the entirety of Leigh Library Gardens across three stages. 

Newly announced includes the soul-soaked-brilliance of Jordan McKampa who will be closing the weekend; supported by Georgia Crandon with the vocal rawness of Janis Joplin and the energy of Marc Bolan; Rachael Dadd described by This is the Kitt as “one of the most talented wise prolific and important women of our times”; ‘Album of the Year’ winner by Fatea Magazine Luke Jackson; senior Harp lecturer from Manchester Anna McLuckie; raw and simplistic vocals that are simultaneously disarming and charming, Roisin O’Hagan; alongside already announced John Smith, James Riley, Lucy Kitt, in earnest, Native Harrow, Catgod, and Benkio.

Sunday will be accompanied by community art workshops and performances, children’s entertainment, street theatre, storytelling, food stalls, wellness activities, spoken word, dancing, street food, and a full festival bar, also stocked with a specially selected range of craft and cask from Leigh-on-Sea Brewery, Garden Gatherings Beer Partner. 

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