Festival strikes a chord with town businesses

The sixth Leek Blues and Americana Festival, which starts on Tuesday 2 October and goes through to the end of Sunday night, is set to set tills ringing in Leek.

Around 20 venues are set to benefit from an influx of visitors to Leek to watch over eighty live acts descending on the town.

Many of the gigs are free at local pubs, bars and public spaces such as the free stage at Sparrow Park.

Lynne Ward, landlady of the Cock Inn, which is hosting 12 gigs throughout the festival said: “Being a key venue in the festival is great for the pub. We fill up to capacity when the gigs are on which is great for business and a great advert for the Cock Inn and live music.”

On the Sunday the Foxlowe Arts Centre is the place to head for ‘FXLW’ over six hours of local, national and international live music featuring Rick Ford & Adam Coxon, Lissy Taylor, Fine Lines, The Rye Sisters, Mean Mary & Frank James (Nashville) and The Strange Blue Dreams. FXLW is sponsored by ctd architects and an all-day wristband costing only £10 will allow admission throughout the day.

Sparrow Park Stage, hosted by sponsors Old Smithy Tattoo Parlour, will feature Heidi Browne, Lil Jim and headlined by The Jake Leg Jug Band.

With over 80 artisan and food stalls at the Totally Locally Sunday Supplement market it’s lining up to be another amazing weekend in Leek.

Headliner Guy Tortora who hails from California, heads up a list of international acts from the USA, Belgium and Norway.

The Guy Tortora Band will start the gig programme with a bang when they play at the Foxlowe on Wednesday 3 October.

Tickets for FXLW and Guy Tortora are available at the Foxlowe Arts Centre Café and www.leekblues.co.uk.

Local music fan David Barrs from Newcastle-under-Lyme said: “The festival seems to get better each year. The variety of acts and the mix of local national and international talent is a fantastic musical coup for Leek”

For details of all the festival gigs visit: www.leekblues.co.uk or pick up a festival brochure from venues around Leek.