Richard Digance, Shappi Khorsandi, Fairport Convention and Leek’s home-grown heroes Hunter – just a few of the artists confirmed so far for this year’s Leek Arts Festival.
After last year’s successful events – which included sell-out gigs featuring, among others, Barbara Dickson and Jeremy Hardy – festival organisers have been busy putting together their programme for 2017. Spokesman Phil Edmeades said: “We were very pleased with the way the 2016 Leek Arts Festival was supported, particularly as it was our 40th year of operation.
“The success of so many events put us in a great position to start planning for this year and it’s fair to say that we’ve been busy. “We’ve already confirmed several big names and we’re working on a few surprises that we hope to be able to reveal over the next couple of months.”
Phil added festival organisers were delighted the Foxlowe Arts Centre had agreed to host the main events this year and had weighed in with its own comedy season including top stand-up Shappi Khorssandi.
He said: “We enjoy a fantastic partnership with the Foxlowe and it’s great to see them putting on some brilliant stuff themselves as part of this year’s Festival.”
Other acts already confirmed for the 2017 programme include I Am Kloot frontman John Bramwell, the Birmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble and up-and-coming folk-rockers The Sound of the Sirens – a female duo who’ve already tasted fame after appearing at festivals across the UK and on Chris Evans’s TFI Friday TV show, sandwiched between U2 and Take That!
Phil said: “These two girls are just something quite different . We spotted them at last year’s Cropredy Music festival and signed them up on the spot. Furiously energetic one minute, plaintive and heart-breaking the next, they write all their own material and deliver it as if their lives depended on it.
“If you only make it to one Leek Arts Festival event this year I’d advise you to choose this one.”