Our journey so far
2017 - 2020
Knutsford Music Festival
2017 - 2020
Knutsford Music Festival was launched in 2017 as a community music festival organised by Knutsford Town Council. It brings together venues across Knutsford to create a weekend of music covering a range of genres to offer a platform for musicians of all types and events for all musical tastes. The festival ran for its third year in 2019 and will be returning in June 2020 for its fourth year of fun. A series of headline performances take place across the three days curated by Knutsford Town Council, plus the popular Folk at the Theatre shows hosted in collaboration with BBC Radio's Mark Radcliffe. The festival is also lucky to include a wide variety of fringe events hosted by local businesses across the Town Centre which run for the entire three days of the festival. Knutsford Music Festival is proud to offer a platform for musicians from across Cheshire to perform and of the reputation that we have quickly built up over the last few years as a diverse and exciting festival in the area.
We're back for round four from 12-14 June 2020! This year's festival will include the popular Folk at the Theatre shows as our headline events, with a special headline night featuring the angelic folk superstar Kate Rusby as the festival headliner. We're also bringing back Music on the Moor and making this bigger and offering more fun than ever. Fans can also catch a brand new Battle of the Bands competition and The Big Little Session which celebrates young musicians of Knutsford and Cheshire. Several fringe events are set to take place across the weekend and our line-up is looking to be the best one yet! Keep your eyes peeled for our gig guides coming soon.
The festival returned for its third year from 20 – 23 June 2019 featuring 44 performers in 22 locations across Knutsford. The festival included the return of popular festival events including Friday Night Blues and Classical at the Courthouse, and the festival was headlined by The Leveller's own Dan Donnelly. 15 fringe events took place across the festival weekend organised by local businesses and community groups. Music on the Moor returned for its second year 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, headlined by incredible folk superstar John Smith. New to 2019 was 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 was confirmed to return to Knutsford in summer 2020.
We brought back Knutsford Music Festival in 2018 after the amazing success of its first year. Year Two saw the creation of Music on the Moor, a family-friendly session featuring live performances and workshop fun for all ages. The festival was headlined by the incredible Miles Hunt of The Wonder Stuff, and featured a new three-day collaborative folk show event with broadcaster Mark Radcliffe of BBC Radio 2 and 6, featuring internationally acclaimed musicians and Folk Award winners and nominees,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.