COUNTING DOWN TO THE BLUES

Leek Blues & Americana Festival opens Wed 27th Sept 2017

#LEEKBLUES17

Now in its 5th 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 27th Sept 2017 – Sunday Oct 1st

20 + Venues

Pubs, bars, cafés and arts centres all hosting

60 + Acts

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

HEADLINE ACTS

HEADLINE ACTS AT LEEK BLUES & AMERICANA FESTIVAL 2017

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Kirk Fletcher

September 29, 2017

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The Fugitives

October 1, 2017

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State Of The Union

September 27, 2017

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Slaid Cleaves

September 28, 2017

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Jim Hammond

October 1, 2017

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Hannah Johnson & The Broken Hearts

September 30, 2017

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Rodney Branigan

October 14, 2017

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Walklate & Fuschi

September 30, 2017

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

Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Biddulph Town hall,
**** PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE – BIDDULPH TOWN HALL – BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS AS NO BAR AVAILABLE **** Combining the mercurial talents of English songwriting legend Boo Hewerdine and acclaimed American Blues guitarist[...]
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
“For over 20 years, Slaid Cleaves, out of Austin, TX, has spun stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. On his latest release “”Ghost on the Car Radio”” Cleaves crafts 12 stories with[...]
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
KIRK FLETCHER.Kirk Fletcher has a reputation as a bonafide can’t-miss performer. His soulful playing and singing never fails to elicit chills, and his unique approach to blues and roots music is both refreshingly modern and[...]
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
LEEK BLUES AND AMERICANA PRESENTS…….. Texas-raised Londoner Rodney Branigan learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville, and put it all together in London. Artists are often described as having[...]

EVENTS

2017's Events Listing - use the left & right arrows to move through the listing

Festival First Call with Mike Gledhill & JR Mountford @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom
Mike Gledhill & JR Mountford entertain the Wednesday Market shopping crowd with good old fashioned acoustic Blues & Americana, fuelled by Joules.
Music Quiz Night - Blues / Rock with Captain Plantagenet @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom
a fun evening to test your blues /rock knowledge specially themed  this year’s Festival
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
State of The Union @ Biddulph Town hall, | Biddulph | England | United Kingdom
**** PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE – BIDDULPH TOWN HALL – BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS AS NO BAR AVAILABLE **** Combining the mercurial talents of English songwriting legend Boo Hewerdine and acclaimed American Blues guitarist[...]
Sep 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
MAH Charity Music Quiz with Ricco @ Dyers Arms | England | United Kingdom
Join Ricco down the Dyers for a one-off Music Quiz helping to raise awareness and funds for the Musicians Against Homelessness Campaign, supporting Crisis. £1 pp entry fee.
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Earl Grey Whistle Test @ Earl Grey | England | United Kingdom
Back for a one-off special as part of this year’s Festival, expect some of the areas finest acoustic musicians. Nixon Tate Gregory S Davies Venn Goodwin Jim McShee
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Mikey Rhead @ Leek Bar and Grill | England | United Kingdom
An evening of Music and Tapas featuring the vocals and acoustic guitar from the latest generation of Leek’s Rhead musical dynasty.
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Slaid Cleaves @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
“For over 20 years, Slaid Cleaves, out of Austin, TX, has spun stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. On his latest release “”Ghost on the Car Radio”” Cleaves crafts 12 stories with[...]
Sep 28 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Leek Blues Acoustic Session @ Cock Inn | England | United Kingdom
Local talent from across the Staffordshire Moorlands help to kick off this year’s Festival with an evening of acoustic music from across the genres.
Uptown Swing Dance Class with Black Cat Dance Band @ Red Lion | England | United Kingdom
Join Teresa Pattison with the Black Cat Dance Band for a great night of swing dancing. A guaranteed fun evening for all abilities
Sep 29 @ 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[...]
Kirk Fletcher (+ Chris Bevington Organisation) @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
KIRK FLETCHER.Kirk Fletcher has a reputation as a bonafide can’t-miss performer. His soulful playing and singing never fails to elicit chills, and his unique approach to blues and roots music is both refreshingly modern and[...]
Sep 29 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Problem Child @ Infinity Live | England | United Kingdom
Problem Child are a new English working class punk band from Stoke On Trent who feature amongst their ranks Wolf Bites Boy drummer Paul Hankey. They’re a trio and the line up is rounded out[...]
Sep 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Cock Inn
Mike Gledhill & JR Mountford entertain the Wednesday Market shopping crowd with good old fashioned acoustic Blues & Americana, fuelled by Joules.
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Cock Inn
a fun evening to test your blues /rock knowledge specially themed  this year’s Festival
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Biddulph Town hall,
**** PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE – BIDDULPH TOWN HALL – BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS AS NO BAR AVAILABLE **** Combining the mercurial talents of English songwriting legend Boo Hewerdine and acclaimed American Blues guitarist[...]
Sep 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm Dyers Arms
Join Ricco down the Dyers for a one-off Music Quiz helping to raise awareness and funds for the Musicians Against Homelessness Campaign, supporting Crisis. £1 pp entry fee.
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Earl Grey
Back for a one-off special as part of this year’s Festival, expect some of the areas finest acoustic musicians. Nixon Tate Gregory S Davies Venn Goodwin Jim McShee
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Leek Bar and Grill
An evening of Music and Tapas featuring the vocals and acoustic guitar from the latest generation of Leek’s Rhead musical dynasty.
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Foxlowe Arts Centre
“For over 20 years, Slaid Cleaves, out of Austin, TX, has spun stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. On his latest release “”Ghost on the Car Radio”” Cleaves crafts 12 stories with[...]
Sep 28 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm Cock Inn
Local talent from across the Staffordshire Moorlands help to kick off this year’s Festival with an evening of acoustic music from across the genres.

Download our 2017 Programme

Leek Blues & Americana Festival’s 2017 programme. We’ve got one hell of a lineup for you, all hand picked by the Leek Blues team for the best in local and national Blues, Americana, Rockabilly, Cajun and more

Download a copy, print it off and plan your trip to Leek. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed, 5 days, 20 venues and 60 acts, the question is how will you fit it all in?

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

TICKETED EVENTS

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

Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
State of The Union @ Biddulph Town hall, | Biddulph | England | United Kingdom
**** PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE – BIDDULPH TOWN HALL – BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS AS NO BAR AVAILABLE **** Combining the mercurial talents of English songwriting legend Boo Hewerdine and acclaimed American Blues guitarist[...]
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Slaid Cleaves @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
“For over 20 years, Slaid Cleaves, out of Austin, TX, has spun stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. On his latest release “”Ghost on the Car Radio”” Cleaves crafts 12 stories with[...]
Kirk Fletcher (+ Chris Bevington Organisation) @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
KIRK FLETCHER.Kirk Fletcher has a reputation as a bonafide can’t-miss performer. His soulful playing and singing never fails to elicit chills, and his unique approach to blues and roots music is both refreshingly modern and[...]
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Rodney Branigan @ Foxlowe Arts Centre | England | United Kingdom
LEEK BLUES AND AMERICANA PRESENTS…….. Texas-raised Londoner Rodney Branigan learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville, and put it all together in London. Artists are often described as having[...]

Download our 2017 Programme

Leek Blues & Americana Festival’s 2017 programme. We’ve got one hell of a lineup for you, all hand picked by the Leek Blues team for the best in local and national Blues, Americana, Rockabilly, Cajun and more

Download a copy, print it off and plan your trip to Leek. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed, 5 days, 20 venues and 60 acts, the question is how will you fit it all in?

SPONSORS

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