Folk Fest coming to Leigh


There are many reasons for festival lovers to head on down to the northern shore of the Thames Estuary.

Now in its second quarter century, the Leigh Folk Festival continues challenging the boundaries of ‘folk music’, with a unique, volunteer-run, community based event, taking place in indoor and outdoor venues around Leigh-on-Sea.

Happening as ever over the last full weekend in June, the festival continues to succeed in enticing music lovers to head east to the vibrant Essex fishing town and artistic hub. One of the landmark events in the local calendar, the event has steadily evolved and grown over its impressive period of existence and has long been recognised as the largest free folk festival in the country, with an estimated attendance of 20,000 across its four day run.

There will be a huge array of music of all kinds, dance displays and poets, mummers, story-tellers, comedians, plus more. The majority of the Leigh Folk Festival continues to be a free event relying on a range of sponsors and public donations. So festival-goers are being asked to dig as deep as they can into their pockets, with every single pound collected counting toward another free festival in 2020 and beyond. Dates of the festival include:

Thursday June 27: Leigh Community Centre + St Clement’s Church, Leigh
Friday June 28: Twenty One, Southend, Leigh Community Centre, St Clement’s Church + other venues around Leigh

Saturday June 24: Library Gardens, St Clement’s Church, and venues around Leigh
Sunday June 25: Leigh Old Town
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