The 26th edition of Leigh Folk Festival will be remembered for the people

The 26th edition of Leigh Folk Festival will be remembered for the people. As an arts charity run event we are indebted to scores of individuals that make our event what it is.


That starts with you, that pack-out every event and stage space; that cheer, clap and singalong to the some-170 performers; that dance; that made a donation, bought a t-shirt, programme or a pint at one of our festival bars, in turn helping to keep us free for many more years to come; that joined in, laughed, or just enjoyed the atmosphere…


Mickie D, Leigh Folk Festival Chairman, said “Our humble gem of a festival is already recognised as the largest free Folk Festival in the country and is now rapidly gaining the deserved reputation as the ’peoples’ festival’. The non-stop feedback from all quarters is citing this year as the best ever.”


We couldn’t be more grateful and sincerely thankful to the musicians, dancers, poets, storytellers, traders, local pubs and businesses, residents of Leigh, our sponsors, media partners, security, sound technicians…


Behind the scenes a small committee of individuals give their time freely and spend the majority of the year putting the event together, but on the weekend a small army of dedicated volunteers come forward to deliver it. It is this team that the festival would not be able to do without. Who turn up at 7am to help unload vans, and are there last thing on Sunday night to take apart the final stage (Leigh Road Baptist Church team, we love you!).


Outside of the fun we also remember those that have sadly left our community in the last 12 months, which made Leigh Folk Festival such a bright and vibrant event of and for the people. We thank Sean Wyer, Leigh Folk Festival founder, and others that we will hold in our memory, festival pioneer Jack Forbes and local musician Ruben Caruana.


We know that everyone will leave Leigh Folk Festival with different memories, highlights and experiences, and we have too many to list right now – but we’ve put some initial photos in a gallery courtesy of our amazing photographers which you can view on our Facebook Page. If you took any photos and would like to submit them to us, have any feedback, or just want to say hello you can email us


If you would like to become involved with the festival in other ways, email


Continue to share your highlights with us on social media, using #LeighFolk17.


Thank you on behalf of the Leigh Folk Festival organising committee.

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