Festivals: Leigh Folk Festival goes virtual, for Front Room Folk Festival

The UK’s largest free folk festival is set to go virtual this weekend. As they’re not able to come together in June for this year’s Leigh Folk Festival, they have decided to bring it to our front rooms!

On Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd May they will be streaming live music, interviews workshops and so much more directly into your home. Expect artists past and present with a couple of surprises thrown in too!

Everything has been curated especially for the festival, with more than 40 acts involved including Alaisdar Roberts, Sam Duckworth, Mark Radcliffe, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, Joshua Burnside, Stick in the Wheel and Cath + Phil Tyler and many more!

Front Room Folk Festival be fundraising for three organisations during the livestream. Firstly, Leigh Folk Arts Association (charity number 1171298), a local arts organisation and the charity behind Leigh Folk Festival. Help Musicians (charity number 252783), which is the working name of the Musician’s Benevolent Fund with an emergency fund to support individual musicians across the country with grants. Finally, the Southend Emergency Fund, a consortium of local businesses and existing charities to support those desperately in need of financial aid in the borough of Southend during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Leigh Folk Arts Association is an arts organisation that in addition to organising the UK’s largest free folk festival – Leigh Folk Festival, also organises other community events throughout the year to celebrate a wide variety of folk entertainment. Based in Leigh-on-Sea, it was founded in 1992, with the main event attracting more than 20,000 people each year on the last weekend in June. The association has plans to run small folk concerts in care homes as a form of therapy for dementia patients and bring folk dance lessons into local schools.

For the full lineup, streaming details and more, head to www.frontroomfolk.com