Kate Rusby to headline Knutsford Music Festival 2020

Feb 12, 2020 by Music Fest HQ in  News

The jewel of Knutsford Music Festival is set to shine with three nights of fantastic folk being the centre of this year’s festival line-up.

BBC Radio 2 and 6 presenter and Knutsford local Mark Radcliffe has teamed up with Knutsford Town Council for the third year to organise three more incredible nights featuring the cream of the crop of the British folk scene.

A folk night is on offer each of the three days of the festival which runs from Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June. Friday and Sunday’s folk nights will be hosted at Knutsford Little Theatre, the original home of Folk at the Theatre, with the Saturday night being moved to St. John’s Church to allow for a bigger audience at the star event.

Mark Radcliffe initially brought the idea of curating three folk nights to the town council in 2018, running the first three nights in the 2018 music festival. Since its launch Folk at the Theatre has become extremely popular and a clear highlight of the festival weekend.

On Friday 12th June folk fans will be treated to music from Cardiff-based Zervas and Pepper with support from The Dorman Long, a local duo based in Stockport.

Sunday 14th June will feature The Breath, a Manchester based duo with support from local performer Sam Lyon who has performed at the festival previously in 2018 and 2019.

The headline night will take place on Saturday 13th June featuring superstar of the British folk scene and multiple time Radio 2 Folk Awards winner Kate Rusby, supported by Young Folk Awards nominee Amelia Coburn, who played at the festival in 2018.

The Saturday show has been moved to St. John’s Church which has a bigger capacity than Knutsford Little Theatre to offer extra space for people to attend the very special headline night.

Mark Radcliffe, curator and host of the folk nights, said: “Once again I’m thrilled to be able to bring the cream of British folk talent to my adopted home-town for what I know will be three wonderful nights.

Manchester’s The Breath feature the current Radio 2 Folk Awards singer of the year in Riognach Connolly, and Zervas and Pepper are coming from Cardiff for a night of blissful West Coast harmony. In addition, we have superb support from Amelia Coburn, whose previous set for us in 2018 was cut short by illness, as well as Stockport-based duo The Dorman Long and our very own Sam Lyon.

Plus, our big news is that we have been able to secure the services of one of the scene’s true stars Kate Rusby to perform at St. John’s on the Saturday night. I am truly proud of what we have on offer. Come along to all three nights if you can.’”

Early bird ticket sales for Folk at the Theatre will launch on Monday 2nd March – a limited number of early bird tickets will released, once they have sold out general admission tickets will be released for sale. Adult and Child tickets as well as Carer tickets will also be available for purchase.

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Update re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and 2020 Music Festival

Mar 18, 2020

Knutsford Town Council is continually monitoring the latest government advice concerning the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and following yesterday’s (16th March 2020) announcement by the Prime Minister recommending the public avoid social gatherings to limit the spread of the virus, the council is assessing its events programme.

We are closely monitoring government advice day by day and will continue to follow recommended guidelines, including postponing and cancelling events where necessary. We will prioritise public health and make responsible decisions when planning events to protect the general public, our volunteers and staff.

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