Leek Arts Festival

Foxlowe Arts Centre is proud to be hosting a number of Leek Arts Festival Events in 2014, details of the events are below.
Tickets for events are available from a variety of outlets, please check each event listing for more information

Definitely Mightbe v Adored – Oasis / Stone Roses Tribute
May 3 @ 8:00 pm

Definitely Mightbe v Adored – Oasis / Stone Roses Tribute


Definitely Mightbe

Now the longest established Oasis tribute in the world! Together for 18yrs and with over 2,000 shows under their belt, it’s easy to see why they are the most successful and admired Oasis show out there. With several tours on the prestigious o2 Academy circuit, appearances at huge open air festivals, continual tours across the UK and Ireland plus gigs all over Europe, the Middle East and even the Caribbean!


The Stone Roses were one of the most influential rock bands from England, active during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Along with other bands such as the Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets, they comprised the core of the Madchester Baggy scene, centred around Manchester, England.

ADORED-their definitive tribute, reproduce the sound and atmosphere the originals created with such detailed accuracy, you’d think the Roses had climbed on stage beside them!

Friday 3rd May 2019

8.00pm doors

8.30pm start

Tickets £10 from Foxlowe Arts Centre and online.



The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican
May 4 @ 8:00 pm

Doors 7:30pm, Event Start at 8pm.

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Warning – May have adult content

The Situation’s 8th Big May Birthday
May 5 @ 2:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Eight years and still going strong one day festival of  original live music 3 stages, 8 hours of indie, alternative, post-punk, no wave, punk, folk, experimental.





Fairport Convention
May 9 @ 8:00 pm

In association with Cuckoos Nest Folk Club.

Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years.

Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance.

Fairport Convention has attracted critical acclaim: the band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award; Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’; and their story has been celebrated with a major documentary on BBC Four television.

Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.

Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music, an evening with Fairport Convention is sure to surprise and delight you.

“Impressive musicians with a great back catalogue… (they) take chances and clearly enjoy themselves.”


“Vigorous and confident…the music leapt around the room.”


Doors 7:30pm, Event Start at 8pm.

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Tom Robinson
May 16 @ 8:30 pm

Born in Cambridge in 1950, Tom Robinson first became known in the late 1970s as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International. In 1977 their Top 5 debut release 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other hits included Glad To Be Gay, Up Against The Wall and the band’s debut album Power In The Darkness which went gold in the UK and Japan.

As a solo artist Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, and co-wrote songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Dan Hartman. In 2015 he released Only The Now – made with award winning producer Gerry Diver – with many guests including Billy Bragg, John Grant, Martin Carthy and Ian McKellen. It can be heard in full on Spotify, YouTube and Bandcamp.

As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music. He has won two Sony Radio Academy awards and served as a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee for 15 years. In 2016 he was awarded a fellowship of LIPA for his support of new music through hosting BBC Music’s Introducing Mixtape podcast and his Fresh On The Net music blog.

Doors 8:00 pm, Event Start at 8:30pm.

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Dean Friedman
May 19 @ 8:00 pm

Doors 7:30pm, Event Start at 8pm.

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Birmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble
May 23 @ 8:30 pm

Another group requiring no introduction to Leek Arts Festival Fans. Always colourful and energetic, the Folk Ensemble are one of the highlights of the programme. Led by folk music legend Joe Broughhton, this group of more than 50 young and desperately enthusiastic musicians never fail to turn the Foxlowe into a boiling cauldron of sound and excitement. This is another gig that will sell out fast.

Doors open 8pm, Event starts 8.30pm

Foxlowe Arts Centre, Market Place, Leek, ST13 6AD

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Sample the Folk Ensemble’s energy here:

Chris Bevington Organisation + the Emma Jonson Trio
May 25 @ 7:30 pm

Chris Bevington Organisation + the Emma Jonson Trio

In 2014 Chris Bevington realised a lifetime’s ambition to record a Blues based album drawing on influences such as Robert Cray, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Walter Trout, Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa.   After months of hard work, the first album ‘Chris Bevington and Friends’ was released to critical acclaim here in the UK, USA and globally. The album charted in the UK Blues charts on 4 occasions during 2014, 2015 & 2016 and in the USA Blues charts in 2015.

Album 2 followed in 2016 and the band included a host of Guest Musicians, Manfred Mann’s vocalist Robert Hart, 2017 Blues UK Award winning vocalist Rebecca  Downes, Chris Aldridge from The Climax Blues Band, Steve Overland from UK rock band FM and 10cc drummer Paul Burgess. Album 2 also charted in the UK Blues Charts 5 times and added to the 2016 Top 40 Playlist and also Airplay by Paul Jones –BBC Radio2.

The current line-up of this highly popular nine-piece outfit features Jim Kirkpatrick from FM, plus the fabulous duo Vocals of Kate Robertson and Sarah Miller from Nearly Dan and the Vocal and Guitar talents of Scott Ralph.  In addition to local girl, Sarah, the band will also feature the prodigious guitar talents of Leek’s own Jordan Swann, certainly someone to look out for in the coming years.

2018 saw the release of the fantastic new Album “Cut and Run” featuring 12 original tracks written and produced by Scott Ralph and Jim Kirkpatrick as played on the Paul Jones Show on BBC Radio2. The Album hit the IBBA UK chart for 5 months running, No 1 in May and June. The track ‘Got to Know’ has also hit the European Top 100 Chart.

The band will be supported by award-winning singer songwriter Emma Jonson. Emma has supported some of the UKs top acts on tour including Jamie Cullum, Heather Small, King King and Roy Wood. Her unique performance combines sophisticated original songs with energetic rhythm and blues.


Saturday May 25th 2019

7.30pm doors

8.00pm start

£10 admission (tickets from Foxlowe Arts Centre and online)

Cara Dillon
May 30 @ 8:30 pm

Doors 8pm, Event Start at 8:30 pm.

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Jeremy Hardy vs. The Israeli Army – a Tribute
Jun 1 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

The Leek-Palestine Link Group invites you to join them to enjoy delicious Palestinian food and to see the film…

Jeremy Hardy vs. The Israeli Army.

When comedian Jeremy Hardy is asked to visit Palestine in April 2002 and do his bit to solve the world’s longest running conflict, facing the world’s fourth biggest military power is not his idea of a holiday.  Jeremy Hardy vs. The Israeli Army is a quirky, moving story about the courage and resolve of those who pack their bags for Palestine to stand in the way of tanks and bring an end to the occupation.

The group is screening this film as a tribute to Jeremy Hardy, who was a long-time friend of Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), and a vocal supporter of their mission to help ensure the rights of Palestinians to health and dignity.

“Jeremy made jokes about his height,” said Aimee Shalan, MAP’s Chief Executive, “but as one of our trustees declared when they heard the news, he was a moral giant.”

Always ready to challenge injustice with a perfect combination of mischievous wit, his support for the rights of Palestinians was unflagging. He revelled in the implausible extent of Palestinian hospitality and managed to speak about the daily grind of the occupation without belittling the immense impact of its routine indignities. We’ve lost a wonderful friend.”

Cinema located on first floor – regrettably no disabled access.

Palestinian food served and bar open from 6:00pm

Film showing at 7:30pm

This is a free event with donations welcome.

All proceeds to Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)