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Manchester Folk Festival aims to create the spirit of a festival in a field…
Minus the chemical toilets. And the mud.


The festival itself takes place across several locations in one compact area of Manchester city centre. All of the venues are within a short walk of each other, making it easy to move between concerts, catch up with friends, and just hang around taking in the atmosphere.

The centre of the action is at HOME which is very convenient for Deansgate/Castlefield tram stop, Deansgate and Oxford Road train stations, several 24hr car parks, and a good few hotels, so you can make a long weekend of it.

2022 sees some new venues joining Manchester Folk Festival. New venues will be announced soon.

Who are we?

Manchester Folk Festival is produced by the English Folk Expo (EFEx) team. EFEx supports the English folk, roots and acoustic music sector through a variety of projects and initiatives. To learn more about EFEx and our work please visit englishfolkexpo.com

‘I came all the way from Colorado Springs, Colorado (U.S.) and it was SO worth it. I’ve been to Manchester a few times before but the Festival really gave me the opportunity to explore and enjoy more of the city. Also, the volunteers and everyone working the venues were really nice and helpful. I hope to be back next year!’

A festival attendee

David Agnew

You may well be familiar with Festival Artistic Director, David Agnew. David was the driving force behind Homegrown – the predecessor to Manchester Folk Festival – and is also the Artistic Director of The Met, Bury and Head for the Hills festival in Ramsbottom. He also programmes artists for other events such as Timber Festival and The Lost Carnival as well as our very own Rochdale Folk Festival and our year-round programme of gigs across Greater Manchester.

Previous artists

Click here to see past Manchester Folk Festival lineups

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