Plans for a new folk fes­ti­val an­nounced

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

FOLK artists from near and far will per­form at a new fes­ti­val this sum­mer.

Or­gan­is­ers are ex­cited to an­nounce the first Mac­cles­field Gate­way Folk Fes­ti­val – from Thurs­day, June 18 to Satur­day, June 19, in St Michaels Church – which they say will at­tract some of the best per­form­ers on the folk cir­cuit.

There will be three head­line acts over three nights as well as a full day of ac­tiv­i­ties on the Satur­day fea­tur­ing danc­ing, stalls, food and drink.

The fes­ti­val is the lat­est event by Brad Snelling, who is artis­tic di­rec­tor of WinterFest and runs Dead Good Day Out.

Brad said: “This is a great op­por­tu­nity for another com­mu­nity event in the cen­tre of town. Many of the par­tic­i­pants will be lo­cals, adults and chil­dren alike. If there is any­one out there who would like to take part or help out, we’d love to hear from you.”

Brad is in talks with John Hartshorn of Mac­cles­field Com­mu­nity Artspace which is run­ning a pop up pa­rade on the same week­end to plug the gap left by the Barn­aby Pa­rade which is not tak­ing place this year.

John said: “After five years of parad­ing at Barn­aby, Mac­cles­field peo­ple have be­come en­thu­si­as­tic about parad­ing and so the pop up pa­rade is de­signed to fill the gap. To have the pop up pa­rade at the same time as the Folk Fes­ti­val is a fan­tas­tic idea.”

Tick­ets go on sale at the end of Fe­bru­ary when the line-up will be an­nounced.

Go to face­book.com/ gate way folk fes­ti­val.

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