General Information

Manchester Folk Festival is an annual urban folk festival.  

Every autumn we present an exhilarating range of events, with the spotlight on English folk, roots and acoustic music. 

This is a festival of discovery. We have our roots firmly in the traditions of the past, and our eyes on the future. The festival will bring some of the biggest names in folk to Manchester, and it will introduce you to your future favourites.

Contemporary folk straddles genres, embraces different cultures and absorbs new influences. Manchester Folk Festival’s aim is to profile the incredible range of great music that is described as folk and bring you the best of the current scene. 

Where and When?

The festival runs each October, usually around the third weekend. The dates for 2021 are 21st – 24th October.

​The whole festival takes place in one corner of the city centre, across a handful of great venues,  all within a few minutes’ walk from  each other.  

HOME is  the  main  hub  of  the  festival.  An exciting, welcoming and  accessible  venue, you could easily stay here for the whole festival,  taking in some great gigs, eating, drinking, and  soaking up the atmosphere. 

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