With 80 acts in 20 venues over five days, this year’s Leek Blues & American Festival promises to be the best ever for variety of music and visitor numbers.
Due to generous support of sponsors. the Festival continues to attract international acts as well bands and artists from across the UK, whilst also introducing local bands and artists to a wider audience, helping venues new to hosting live music as well as acknowledging established ones.
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 are still available from the Foxlowe.
On the eve of the Festival there will be a special screening of the film Sidemen: Long Road to Glory
This film is an intimate look at the lives and legacies of three legendary bluesmen: piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith, and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen.
Festival organiser Dave Swarbrook said: “We couldn’t do half of what we can without the support of our sponsors.
“There is an impressive list of supporters such as ctd architects who will be sponsoring the FXLW Sunday all day music event at the Foxlowe and The Old Smithy Tattoo Parlour who are supporting the open stage at Sparrow Park, also on the Sunday.
“TF Travel and Leek Link Taxis have helped us to bring over Norwegian artists such as Nilsen’s Southern harmony and Anders Brodersen for our ground-breaking Norsk Americana Forum.
“Thanks also to Staffordshire County Council. SMDC and Leek Town Council and our other sponsors for their on-going support.”
Tickets are on sale at the Foxlowe Arts Centre and all gigs are listed at participating venues and online at www.leekblues.co.uk