COUNTING DOWN TO THE BLUES

Leek Blues & Americana Festival opens Wed 2nd October 2019

#LEEKBLUES18

Now in its 6th year, the historic market town of Leek plays host to an array of local, national and international talent – showcasing the very best in Blues & Americana music. The Festival is set against a backdrop of independent shops, high street favourites and thriving specialist markets with host venues comprising a mix of real ale pubs, craft beer bars and the community arts centre.

5 Days

Starting Wednesday 2nd October – Sunday 6th October 2019

20 + Venues

Pubs, bars, cafés and arts centres all hosting

60 + Acts

Over 60 Blues & Americana acts throughout the town centre of Leek

2018 HEADLINE ACTS

HEADLINE ACTS AT LEEK BLUES & AMERICANA FESTIVAL 2018

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Guy Tortora

October 3rd, 2018

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The Strange Blue Dreams

October 7th, 2018

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The Jake Leg Jug Band

October 7th, 2018

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Chris Bevington Organisation

October 6th, 2018

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Husky Tones

October 6th, 2018

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Nilsen’s Southern Harmony

October 6th & 7th, 2018

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Benjamin Bassford & Liam Ward

October 6th, 2018

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Mean Mary & Frank James

October 7th, 2018

2018 TICKETED EVENTS

The majority of the festival events are free to enter, we also have a small number of ticketed events listed here.You may book tickets online, click on the event and the green ticket icon to book online or tickets are available from the venue

Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
Sidemen: Long Road to Glory (12A) Tuesday 2nd October On the eve of Leek’s Blues and Americana festival featuring over 50 acts over 5 nights, we are privileged and excited to bring you the UK premiere of the[...]
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
The Guy Tortora Band Born & raised in Pasadena, California, Guy Tortora is currently based in London, in the UK. What he does as a songwriter and performer is what people like to call Americana these days  —  a[...]
Oct 7 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
FXLW: A new idea for the 2018 Leek Blues & Americana Festival. An amazing selection of some of the finest Local, National and International Blues & Americana Acts we could get hold of! For just[...]
Oct 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
Local lads Adam & Rick kick off our first FXLW event with a fantastic acoustic mix of country classics and folk originals
Oct 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
The Rye Sisters (Ishani and Sue) are a duo from Lincolnshire who perform Americana and folk-country songs in close harmony to guitar, mandolin and fiddle.  They pull from broadly American influences, such as Buddy and[...]
Oct 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
Mary James, youngest of six children, was born in Geneva, Alabama, though her family lived in Florida, a couple miles below the Alabama line. Mary learned to read music before she could read words and[...]
Oct 7 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
Lissy is a young up and coming singer songwriter with a distinctive voice and a skill for writing emotionally charged lyrics that instantly grab your attention and leave you wanting more. Born and raised in[...]
Oct 7 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
Fine Lines is a project started by singer/songwriter David Boardman in 2016. A long time lover of all things folky and rootsy, David has been writing acoustic based music for many years and has now collected those songs[...]
Oct 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
The Strange Blue Dreams exist in a parallel world where all music is pop music and therefore everything can be plundered. Their otherwordly pop music runs from the music hall into the jet age and[...]
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
Nibs is one of the most extraordinary and exciting world acoustic guitarists to come out of South Africa. Raised in Kwazulu-Natal, growing up listening to The Beatles and learning first hand from traditional Zulu Maskandi[...]

2018 EVENTS

2018's Events Listing - use the left & right arrows to move through the listing

Foxlowe Films: Sidemen - The Long Road To Glory (12A) @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
Sidemen: Long Road to Glory (12A) Tuesday 2nd October On the eve of Leek’s Blues and Americana festival featuring over 50 acts over 5 nights, we are privileged and excited to bring you the UK premiere of the[...]
Oct 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Festival First Call with Mike Gledhill @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom
Mike Gledhill & friends entertain the Wednesday Market shopping crowd with good old fashioned acoustic Blues & Americana, fuelled by Joules.
The Guy Tortora Band (+ Dave Luke & Chuck Micallef) @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
The Guy Tortora Band Born & raised in Pasadena, California, Guy Tortora is currently based in London, in the UK. What he does as a songwriter and performer is what people like to call Americana these days  —  a[...]
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gin & Damsels with the Deadbeat Damsels @ BeerDock | England | United Kingdom
Exciting new, Deadbeat Damsels, perform a mix of americana, country rock, old & contemporary, with strong voices and beautiful harmonies. Do not miss!
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The King's Pistol @ Society | England | United Kingdom
The King’s Pistol are a unique, acoustic-driven trio from Cheshire. Formed in late 2014, the band secured a number of plays of their demo tracks on BBC Introducing, which encouraged them to record their debut[...]
Steve Giddings Acoustic - Music & Tapas Evening @ Leek Bar & Grill | England | United Kingdom
Steve Giddings will be entertaining diners enjoying the great value Tapas Thursday, always a popular night at Leek Bar & Grill
Oct 4 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Leek Blues & Americana Acoustic Session @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom
Mike Gledhill hosts this year’s festival Leek Blues & Americana Acoustic Session. Now a regular monthly feature at the Cock Inn, expect some of the local areas amazing musical talent on display includeing Jaxhill, Pete[...]
Americana Songwriters Circle with Helen Walford @ Roebuck Hotel | England | United Kingdom
Helen Walford, a girl from Oakridge Tennessee, recently moved Leek,  with a guitar, sometimes alone, better with friends, a bit of piano, lots of influences, many directions….listen and decide for yourself…. Helen is joined by[...]
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jaxhill @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom
Phil and Mike met at university many moons ago. We wrote songs and played them in folk and blues clubs across the midlands. We lost touch for many years as jobs and families took centre[...]
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mike West @ Beerdock | England | United Kingdom
Mike West has a reputation as an honest and engaging performer. Beginning his musical journey as the frontman and guitarist for a thrash metal band, Mike traded in his electric guitar for an acoustic and[...]
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Vinyl Tap @ Spout Brewhouse | England | United Kingdom
Bring over some of your old Motown records We’ll put the speakers in the window and we’ll go On the roof and listen to the Miracles Echo to the alley down below…. Fine ales, great[...]
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Funk Station @ Society | England | United Kingdom
Leek-based Funk Station is a 7-piece live band that specialises in 70’s & 80’s hi-energy funk, soul and disco. This is one arts festival event not to miss.
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
Sidemen: Long Road to Glory (12A) Tuesday 2nd October On the eve of Leek’s Blues and Americana festival featuring over 50 acts over 5 nights, we are privileged and excited to bring you the UK premiere of the[...]
Oct 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Cock Inn
Mike Gledhill & friends entertain the Wednesday Market shopping crowd with good old fashioned acoustic Blues & Americana, fuelled by Joules.
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
The Guy Tortora Band Born & raised in Pasadena, California, Guy Tortora is currently based in London, in the UK. What he does as a songwriter and performer is what people like to call Americana these days  —  a[...]
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm BeerDock
Exciting new, Deadbeat Damsels, perform a mix of americana, country rock, old & contemporary, with strong voices and beautiful harmonies. Do not miss!
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Society
The King’s Pistol are a unique, acoustic-driven trio from Cheshire. Formed in late 2014, the band secured a number of plays of their demo tracks on BBC Introducing, which encouraged them to record their debut[...]
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Leek Bar & Grill
Steve Giddings will be entertaining diners enjoying the great value Tapas Thursday, always a popular night at Leek Bar & Grill
Oct 4 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm Cock Inn
Mike Gledhill hosts this year’s festival Leek Blues & Americana Acoustic Session. Now a regular monthly feature at the Cock Inn, expect some of the local areas amazing musical talent on display includeing Jaxhill, Pete[...]
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Roebuck Hotel
Helen Walford, a girl from Oakridge Tennessee, recently moved Leek,  with a guitar, sometimes alone, better with friends, a bit of piano, lots of influences, many directions….listen and decide for yourself…. Helen is joined by[...]

Download our 2018 Programme

Leek Blues & Americana Festival’s 2018 programme. We had one hell of a lineup for 2018 and we’re working on 2019’s now, all hand picked by the Leek Blues team for the best in local and national Blues, Americana, Rockabilly, Cajun and more.

VENUES

The festival venues are all through Leek Town Centre. Most are just a short walk through town

Leek Town Centre Map

Leek Town Centre, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 6HN

more information

Accommodation in Leek

A selection of hotels, bed and breakfast and camping facilities in the Leek area.

For a more comprehensive list please see our ‘Where to stay in Leek‘ information

2018 TICKETED EVENTS

The majority of the festival events are free to enter, we also have a small number of ticketed events listed here

Foxlowe Films: Sidemen - The Long Road To Glory (12A) @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
Sidemen: Long Road to Glory (12A) Tuesday 2nd October On the eve of Leek’s Blues and Americana festival featuring over 50 acts over 5 nights, we are privileged and excited to bring you the UK premiere of the[...]
The Guy Tortora Band (+ Dave Luke & Chuck Micallef) @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
The Guy Tortora Band Born & raised in Pasadena, California, Guy Tortora is currently based in London, in the UK. What he does as a songwriter and performer is what people like to call Americana these days  —  a[...]
FXLW: 6 Great Bands For Only £10, Wristband Access, Children Free* @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
FXLW: A new idea for the 2018 Leek Blues & Americana Festival. An amazing selection of some of the finest Local, National and International Blues & Americana Acts we could get hold of! For just[...]
Oct 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
FXLW: Adam Coxon & Rick Ford @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
Local lads Adam & Rick kick off our first FXLW event with a fantastic acoustic mix of country classics and folk originals
Oct 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
FXLW: The Rye Sisters @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
The Rye Sisters (Ishani and Sue) are a duo from Lincolnshire who perform Americana and folk-country songs in close harmony to guitar, mandolin and fiddle.  They pull from broadly American influences, such as Buddy and[...]
Oct 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
FXLW: Mean Mary & Frank Rogers @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
Mary James, youngest of six children, was born in Geneva, Alabama, though her family lived in Florida, a couple miles below the Alabama line. Mary learned to read music before she could read words and[...]
Oct 7 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
FXLW: Lissy Taylor @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
Lissy is a young up and coming singer songwriter with a distinctive voice and a skill for writing emotionally charged lyrics that instantly grab your attention and leave you wanting more. Born and raised in[...]
Oct 7 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
FXLW: Fine Lines @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
Fine Lines is a project started by singer/songwriter David Boardman in 2016. A long time lover of all things folky and rootsy, David has been writing acoustic based music for many years and has now collected those songs[...]
Oct 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
FXLW: Strange Blue Dreams @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
The Strange Blue Dreams exist in a parallel world where all music is pop music and therefore everything can be plundered. Their otherwordly pop music runs from the music hall into the jet age and[...]
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Nibs van Der Spuy @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
Nibs is one of the most extraordinary and exciting world acoustic guitarists to come out of South Africa. Raised in Kwazulu-Natal, growing up listening to The Beatles and learning first hand from traditional Zulu Maskandi[...]

Download our 2018 Programme

Leek Blues & Americana Festival’s 2018 programme. We had one hell of a lineup for 2018 and we’re working on 2019’s now, all hand picked by the Leek Blues team for the best in local and national Blues, Americana, Rockabilly, Cajun and more.

SPONSORS

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of the Blues & Americana Festival