Our journey so far
2017 - 2020
Knutsford Music Festival was launched in 2017 as a community music festival led by Knutsford Town Council. It brings together venues across Knutsford to create a weekend of musical events covering a range of genres. The festival ran for its third year in 2019 and will be returning in June 2020 for its fourth year. A series of headline performances take place across the three days curated by Knutsford Town Council and the festival also includes a wide range of fringe events hosted by local businesses across the Town Centre which run for the entire three days of the festival.
Knutsford Music Festival returned for its third year from 20 – 23 June 2019 featuring 44 performers in more than 20 locations across Knutsford. The festival included the return of hugely popular festival events including Friday Night Blues headlined by Michael & Sadie Roach, The Main Event headlined by The Levellers star Dan Donnelly with fiddler Ben Paley and Classical at the Courthouse headlined by rising stars String Infusion, as well as 15 fringe events across the festival weekend organised by local Knutsford businesses and community groups. Music on the Moor returned for its second year bigger and better and was a huge hit once again. Mark Radcliffe presented three nights of Folk at the Theatre after an incredible response at 2018's event, featuring the incredible John Smith, Merry Hell and Emma Sweeney. New to 2019 was ‘Moor Music’, a Sunday session on The Moor featuring a brass band to serenade festival goers in the sun. The festival was met with much praise once again and has been confirmed to return to Knutsford in summer 2020 with dates announced soon.
Knutsford Music Festival returned in 2018 after the amazing success of its first year. Year Two saw the creation of Music on the Moor, a family session featuring live performances, a children's craft workshop and an African drumming workshop for all ages. The festival was headlined by the incredible Miles Hunt of the popular The Wonder Stuff, and featured a new three-day folk event put on in collaboration with broadcaster Mark Radcliffe of BBC Radio 2 and 6, featuring internationally acclaimed musicians, BBC Folk award winners and a finale performance from Mark Radcliffe himself with former band mates from the Family Mahone. Over 40 events took place throughout the 3-day festival in almost 20 venues across Knutsford and saw thousands of visitors from across the UK.
Where it all began
Knutsford Music Festival launched for its inaugural year in 2017. Three headline events took place across the 3 days of the festival and almost 20 fringe events were hosted by local businesses, bringing the community together for a celebration of music. The first year of KMF sported some big names - the amazing Rebecca Downes headlined the Friday Night Blues event while the Saturday night headline event saw Britpop sensation Dodgy headlining, supported by some amazing local talent. The festival was quickly deemed a success and has been an extremely popular local event since its creation.