Manchester Folk Festival 2020 Cancelled

With great sadness we announce that Manchester Folk Festival will not take place this year – Read our full statement here

About MFF

Manchester Folk Festival aims  to create the spirit of a festival in a field…  Minus the chemical toilets. And the mud.

The festival itself  takes place across several locations in one compact area of Manchester city centre. All of the venues are within a few minutes’ walk of each other, making it easy to move between concerts, catch up with friends, and just hang around taking in the atmosphere.

The centre of the action is around Whitworth Street West, at HOMERitz and Gorilla. All very convenient for Deansgate/Castlefield tram stopDeansgate and Oxford Road train stations, several 24hr car parks, and a good few hotels, so you can make a long weekend of it.

Who are we?

Manchester Folk Festival is produced by the English Folk Expo (EFEx) team. EFEx supports the English folk, roots and acoustic music sector through a variety of projects and initiatives. To learn more about EFEx and our work please visit

David Agnew

You may well be familiar with Festival Artistic Director, David Agnew. David was the  driving force behind Homegrown – the predecessor to Manchester Folk Festival – and is also the Artistic Director of The Met, Bury and Head for the Hills festival in Ramsbottom. He also programmes artists for other events such as Timber Festival and The Lost Carnival.

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