COUNTING DOWN TO THE BLUES

Leek Blues & Americana Festival opens Wed 2nd October 2019

#LEEKBLUES19

Now in its 7th 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

2019 HEADLINE ACTS

THIS YEAR'S HEADLINE ACTS AT LEEK BLUES & AMERICANA FESTIVAL 2019

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Martin Harley (with Band) + support

2nd October 2019

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Kezia Gill

3rd October 2019

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Cry Baby & The Hooche Coochie Boys

4th October 2019

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Biscuithead and the Biscuitbadgers

5th October 2019

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Banjo Jen

5th October 2019

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Little Victor & Combo

5th October 2019

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Tone Tanner

5th October 2019

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The Slide Machine

5th October 2019

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JC’s Hopeless Sinners

6th October 2019

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Sister Suzie & The Right Band

6th October 2019

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Son Of Dave

6th October 2019

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Peak District Big Band feat. Alex Clarke & Molly Rider

12th October 2019

2019 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 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
Foxlowe Films Presents: As part of Leek’s Blues and Americana festival featuring over 50 acts over 5 nights, we are delighted to screen Amazing Grace. Almost 50 years after technical issues scuppered its original release, Sydney Pollack’s[...]
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. The new studio album ‘Static In The Wires’ was released in February 2017, it was produced[...]
Oct 5 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
For all ages! A fabulous, family, festival feature for Leek Blues & Americana 2019. Vintage style jazz/blues. Songs about science, dinosaurs, seaweed, cheese and much, much more. Free biscuits on arrival!!! Faster than a speeding[...]
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
Little Victor has been called the King of Grit and the antithesis of meaningless virtuosity. His rich, quirky and inspired downhome blues became well-known to blues audiences through his work with the legendary Louisiana Red[...]
Oct 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
Performing Jazz and Blues from a variety of sources- The Peak District Big Band combines the talents of some of the most talented young local musicians and features vocalist Molly Rider and the fabulous soloist[...]

2019 EVENTS

2019's Events Listing - use the left & right arrows to move through the listing

Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Film: Amazing Grace (U) @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
Foxlowe Films Presents: As part of Leek’s Blues and Americana festival featuring over 50 acts over 5 nights, we are delighted to screen Amazing Grace. Almost 50 years after technical issues scuppered its original release, Sydney Pollack’s[...]
Leek Blues First Call featuring Mike Gledhill @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom
Mike Gledhill & Friends kick off this year’s Festival.
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Martin Harley (with Band) + support @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. The new studio album ‘Static In The Wires’ was released in February 2017, it was produced[...]
Oct 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Music Magic featuring Helen Walford @ Trinity Church | England | United Kingdom
Music Magic (formerly Classical Babies) provides live music of all genres for babies & their grown-ups in a relaxed, informal setting where no-one is expected to sit still & be quiet! The music is carefully[...]
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gin & Damsels (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 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Kezia Gill + Robbie Cross @ Old Mill Smoke House | England | United Kingdom
Derby Based Singer/Songwriter Kezia, has been singing professionally for over 10 years. … 2018 was an extremely successful year, seeing Kezia win Female Vocalist of the year at the CCN Awards, and take home the[...]
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Mikey Rhead @ Leek Bar & Grill | England | United Kingdom
Mikey Rhead will be entertaining diners enjoying the great value food on Thursday, always a popular night at Leek Bar & Grill
Oct 3 @ 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[...]
Oct 4 @ 6:00 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 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Adam D'Arcy @ Beerdock | England | United Kingdom
Adam D’Arcy is a musician from Staffordshire and has performed in bands and solo over the UK and Channel Islands for over a decade.
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 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 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Katie O'Malley Band @ Roebuck Hotel | England | United Kingdom
A voice that pours with emotion and fills a venue, Katie O’Malley and her hip-swaying country/blues band have played across the country at numerous shows and festivals, including Green Meadows, Dot2Dot and many more. A[...]
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
Foxlowe Films Presents: As part of Leek’s Blues and Americana festival featuring over 50 acts over 5 nights, we are delighted to screen Amazing Grace. Almost 50 years after technical issues scuppered its original release, Sydney Pollack’s[...]
Oct 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Cock Inn
Mike Gledhill & Friends kick off this year’s Festival.
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. The new studio album ‘Static In The Wires’ was released in February 2017, it was produced[...]
Oct 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Trinity Church
Music Magic (formerly Classical Babies) provides live music of all genres for babies & their grown-ups in a relaxed, informal setting where no-one is expected to sit still & be quiet! The music is carefully[...]
Oct 3 @ 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 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Old Mill Smoke House
Derby Based Singer/Songwriter Kezia, has been singing professionally for over 10 years. … 2018 was an extremely successful year, seeing Kezia win Female Vocalist of the year at the CCN Awards, and take home the[...]
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Leek Bar & Grill
Mikey Rhead will be entertaining diners enjoying the great value food on Thursday, always a popular night at Leek Bar & Grill
Oct 3 @ 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[...]

Download our 2019 Programme

Leek Blues & Americana Festival’s 2019 programme. Coming soon,  all hand picked by the Leek Blues team for the best in local, national and international 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

2019 TICKETED EVENTS

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

Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Film: Amazing Grace (U) @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
Foxlowe Films Presents: As part of Leek’s Blues and Americana festival featuring over 50 acts over 5 nights, we are delighted to screen Amazing Grace. Almost 50 years after technical issues scuppered its original release, Sydney Pollack’s[...]
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Martin Harley (with Band) + support @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. The new studio album ‘Static In The Wires’ was released in February 2017, it was produced[...]
Oct 5 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
For all ages! A fabulous, family, festival feature for Leek Blues & Americana 2019. Vintage style jazz/blues. Songs about science, dinosaurs, seaweed, cheese and much, much more. Free biscuits on arrival!!! Faster than a speeding[...]
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Little Victor and his Combo + Red Berryn @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
Little Victor has been called the King of Grit and the antithesis of meaningless virtuosity. His rich, quirky and inspired downhome blues became well-known to blues audiences through his work with the legendary Louisiana Red[...]
Peak District Big Band feat. Alex Clarke & Molly Rider @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
Performing Jazz and Blues from a variety of sources- The Peak District Big Band combines the talents of some of the most talented young local musicians and features vocalist Molly Rider and the fabulous soloist[...]

Download our 2019 Programme (coming soon)

Leek Blues & Americana Festival’s 2019 programme coming soon, all hand picked by the Leek Blues team for the best in local, national and international Blues, Americana, Rockabilly, Cajun and more.

SPONSORS

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

WHERE IS LEEK?

Leek is on the south west edge of the Peak District National Park, approx 10 miles north east of Stoke on Trent and 30 miles south of Manchester