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 HOME and Ritz. Both 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.

2021 sees some new venues joining Manchester Folk Festival including RNCM. Manchester Oxford Road is the nearest train station to the RNCM (approximately half a mile/15 minute walk away).

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 englishfolkexpo.com

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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