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Volunteer with Leigh Folk Arts

Every year the #FolkFest Volunteer team is an integral part of Leigh Folk Festival, with an unprecedented number of volunteers coming on board to undertake a range of roles. Every enthusiastic volunteer gets a free t-shirt to be worn over the weekend (and to keep as a memento!) plus food and drink.

As our amazing free festival grows, so we need more volunteers to keep it fun, raise funds and make it safe.
Roles vary – everything from selling merchandise and collecting donations, running information points, stewarding audiences, traffic management, production runners, tech support and photography to the less-than-glamorous but vital task of litter-picking … the list goes on!

Please note: under 18s can only volunteer to support a parent/carer on any specific shift due to safeguarding requirements. While the majority of volunteer roles fall during the festival weekend some assistance is needed in the days leading up to the festival and days after.

Click this link to register as a 2020 volunteer 

Please email any questions to Sarah at:  

Play The Festival

If you’d like to be considered for a slot at the festival then please email and include the following information:

– Band name
– Brief bio
– Link to music (Soundcloud, youtube, Spotify)
– Link to social accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
– Image of the band

Due to the high number of submissions we receive and the fact that the festival is run by volunteers we are unable to reply to all submissions. Submissions will only be considered that are received between January 1st and May 31st. At least 2 slots at the festival will be allocated to bands that have applied through this process. Good luck!

Trader Applications


We will soon be looking for bright, creative and interesting stalls, for Leigh Folk Festival 2022. Showcase your products to the thousands of customers that watch and listen to the amazing acts. Or if you are a food trader join our food village featuring some of the festival featuring some the the UK’s very best cuisine.

We carefully select the very best traders and work with them to provide a great experience for our thousands of festival goers.

We’re going Green!
All food must be served in disposables made from paper/cardboard, wood or leaves. No single-use plastics are permitted – this includes but not limited to, straws, coffee stirrers and plastic cutlery. All traders are fully responsible for recycling and taking away their waste.

If you are a caterer, crafts stall, charity, organisation, general merchandise stall, or anything else you think would be a great addition to our festival please follow the link below, to take you to the application form.


As an entirely volunteer run, free festival we rely heavily on donations and sponsorship. If you would like to provide sponsorship to Leigh Folk Festival, perhaps sponsoring a stage, having an advert in the programme or on our website, then please contact us.

Press & PR

For all press enquiries please email