Our journey so far
2017 - 2023
Knutsford Music Festival
2017 - 2023
Knutsford Music Festival was launched in 2017 by Knutsford Town Council. We bring together venues across Knutsford to create a weekend of music covering a range of genres, offering a platform for musicians of all types and events for all musical tastes. The festival ran for its fifth year in 2022 and will be returning in June 2023 for its sixth year. A series of headline performances take place across the three days curated by Knutsford Town Council, plus the popular Folk 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 whole festival weekend! Knutsford Music Festival is proud to offer a diverse platform for artists from across the area.
Knutsford Music Festival is back for year six between 9th to 11th June 2023! We've got a fantastic lineup including four nights of folk music, Friday Night Blues, a Classical Music Evening, Music on the Moor plus loads of fringe events to entertain whatever musical taste! This year's festival is very kindly sponsored by Neptune Ltd, Slater & Gordon Lawyers and Knutsford Hearing Centre whose generous support helps to make this fantastic community celebration of music possible! Check out our social media or the news page for the latest announcements. Official gig guide will be available in May.
Knutsford Music Festival featured its fifth year from 10th - 12th June 2022! Bringing a variety of events to Knutsford across a three-day weekend, the festival featured three folk nights curated in partnership with BBC Radio's Mark Radcliffe, including a headline show from folk icon Kate Rusby! Friday Night Blues was a sell out, held for the first time at the beautiful Brook Street Chapel Hall. Music on the Moor returned with four hours of music from incredible local talent, food and drink from local traders plus loads of workshops for all ages. 18 fringe events finished the programme, hosted by local businesses and local music groups. We loved every second!
Knutsford Music Festival returned from 13-15 August 2021 for its fourth year! Our extremely popular folk shows returned featuring the incredible Blue Rose Code and Sam Lyon on Friday 13th, and The Dorman Long and Amelia Coburn supporting The Breath on Saturday 14th. These nights were held at St Johns to a huge and receptive audience and were hailed a huge success. Our tremendously popular free Saturday afternoon session with live music, entertainment and activities returned to the Moor on Saturday 14th August to lots of guests who braved the slightly wet weather to enjoy a jam packed afternoon of entertainment! Town centre businesses didn't disappoint by bringing some spectacular fringe events forward for the event, and brand new performances took place right in the streets of Knutsford, filling the town with music for the whole weekend!
Knutsford Music Festival unfortunately took a break for 2020.
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.