With Knutsford Music Festival just around the corner it is now time to meet the artists who will be hoping to make this year’s event the best yet.

Knutsford Music Festival will see 44 performers in more than 20 locations including town centre shops, restaurants, pubs and churches this weekend.

One of the main stars of the line-up is Dan Donnelly, who is headlining The Main Event at Vermilion Studios.

He has performed with The Levellers, The Wonder Stuff and the Celtic Social Band and his friend Ben Paley will be joining him on stage

Dan said: “Coming to see Ben and I is coming to see two old friends that celebrate making music together.

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Dan Donnelly and Ben Paley

“We both play with other artists all over the world but every record I make, I make sure Ben plays on it. He’s amazing.

“I play with Jon Leveller and Erica Nockalls, I’ve been really lucky with fiddle players but Ben has something old fashioned in his sound I just can’t describe. I’d go see the show just for him.”

Supporting Dan and Ben at The Main Event is Knutsford-born Megan Dixon Hood.

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Megan Dixon Hood

Megan cites her career highlight as supporting Rag’N’Bone Man at his Manchester show, and says a childhood spent surrounded by music inspired her to explore song writing as a teenager.

Megan is currently working on a new release, an acoustic version of a track from her latest EP ‘Tales from the North’ and is heading back to the studio to work on a new project.

Joining Megan at this event is Jack Woodward, who is currently working on his third EP and is planning on writing an album next year.

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Jack Woodward

His music aspires to sound like George Ezra, Tom Odell, The Killers and Red Hot Chilli Peppers who he cites as some of his biggest influences.

You can also catch local favourites K-Town Beer Band at this event, returning after their appearance at the inaugural festival in 2017. The band said they are looking forward to being part of a musical event in their own community and getting a chance to hear and learn from some other great artists.

The band will perform a diverse mix of 80’s indie, country, folk and celtic rock classics to kick off the headline event of 2019.

St John’s Church is the setting for Friday Night Blues this year, with some amazing local musicians set to support headliners Michael and Sadie Roach, a father-daughter jazz and blues duo.

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Michael and Sadie Roach

Supporting them is local man Rick Whitehead who is being welcomed back to the stage after supporting Rebecca Downes in 2017.

Rick said: “It’s been two years since I played at the festival and the audience were fantastic last time, so I’m looking forward to a similar bunch of brilliant Knutsfordians.

“The last compliment I took at a festival was ‘you remind me of James Taylor’ so I’ll take that.”

Rick’s music is a mixture of classic blues songs and original song writing.

Joining Rick at Friday Night Blues is The Valkyries, a newly formed duo who have had an positive response to their live shows so far and they are currently writing original material and working on their debut album.

The Moor is the place to be on Saturday afternoon for jazz fans as duo Modjango return to the festival following their performance at The Lost and Found in 2018.

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Modjango

Paul Gregory, of the band, said: “We’ve played some fantastic festivals as Modjango, and some really enjoyable mini-tours. There are great moments in so many shows – each place provides something new and unique memories of each stay with you.

“It may sound like a cliché, but it was always just there in my blood. I really knew music was what I wanted to pursue in my mid-teens and I love it now more than ever. It’s a life-long journey.”

There will be some familiar faces in The Moor as Sam Lyon and The Gritstone Clays return to the festival after their performances in 2018, as well as Drumroots who are bringing back their authentic African drumming workshops.

The popular family-friendly event runs from 1pm to 4pm.

String Infusion are the ones to see on Sunday June, 23 at their debut performance in Knutsford at The Courthouse.

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String Infusion

The group are excited to have an opportunity to showcase the variety of their material at an iconic venue in a new town where they have not played before.

They are fresh from performing at the Pride of Britain Awards and have had the privilege to perform at some of the world’s most renowned venues and concert halls.

They play a mixture of traditional pieces on acoustic instruments as well as modern pieces on electric string instruments to create an eclectic variety show.

Article sourced from Knutsford Guardian article published online 21/06/2019

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Knutsford Music Festival 2020 Cancelled

May 27, 2020

Knutsford Town Council has continually monitored the latest government advice concerning the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the evolving social distancing advice designed to limit the spread of the virus. Our priority is always public health and we strive to make responsible decisions when planning events to protect the public, our volunteers and our staff.

The Events and Town Centre Management Committee met on 26th May to review the latest guidance with respect holding the Knutsford Music Festival in September. With huge regret the decision was taken that it would not be sensible to attempt to hold the event and as such there will be no Knutsford Music Festival 2020. Knutsford Town Council prioritises the health and safety of our residents and we do not feel that continuing with a large-scale event at this time is the best way to do this.