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

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (15)
Apr 24 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Annette Bening and Jamie Bell vividly bring to the screen the intense romance between Gloria Grahame, Hollywood star and film noir stalwart, and the charming and much younger actor Peter Turner in 1978 Liverpool. Adapted from Turner’s own memoir, Paul McGuigan’s consummate study of their remarkable relationship is filled with humour, passion and insight, capturing the emotional and physical connection between them. “Annette Bening lights up the screen, but Jamie Bell is a sweet, vulnerable marvel.” The Telegraph.

UK 2017 105 mins


Cinema located on first floor – regrettably no disabled access.

Licensed bar, hot drinks available from 7 pm.

Advance tickets available from Foxlowe Gallery or online.

Tickets normally also available on the door.


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Tom Allen – Absolutely (Sold Out)
Apr 25 @ 8:30 pm

Top flight comedian Tom Allen – who has made regular appearances on shows including Mock The Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Live at the Apollo, The Great British Bake Off’s Extra Slice and The John Bishop Show – will kick-off the 2018 Festival when he appears at Leek’s Foxlowe Arts Centre next year.

The sharply-dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working class south London, will bring his one man show – Absolutely – to the Moorlands town on April 25.

“Tom Allen supported Sarah Millican on her 2017 world tour and has enjoyed sell-out success with his own shows in London and Edinburgh. This is a chance for North Staffordshire audiences to see him live on their own doorstep.”

Tickets for Tom Allen’s Leek show on April 25 are now available – price £14 – from The Foxlowe or online via the link on our Facebook page.

The show is not suitable for young children and there is a minimum entry age of 14.

Doors 8.00pm

Starts  8.30pm


The Arran Poets – An evening of music and poetry.
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm

Last year Moorland writers Roger Elkin and Pam Brough were invited to the Isle of Arran as guest poets in an evening of songs and poems organised by the Arran Poets. This year it’s Leek’s turn. As part of the Arts festival, the Arran Poets – Cicely Gill, David Underdown and Tim Pomeroy – will headline a programme of words and music in the Foxlowe Arts Centre, supported by Pam and Roger with musician John Pursaill

Doors 7.00pm

Starts 7.30pm

Tickets £5

Live Wire – the AC/DC Show
Apr 27 @ 8:30 pm

Live Wire is The AC/DC Show. The unique six-man tribute to rock music’s greatest band AC/DC, complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls’ and over two hours of High Voltage Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The AC/DC story is over forty years in the making, with two specific eras and the band cover both these as always with both ‘Dave’ Bon Scott and ‘Podge’ Brian Johnson present to take you on the Rock and Roll train for a night to remember.

Originally fronting AC/DC was the legendary Bon Scott, a wild man of rock and roll, whose untimely death shocked the World in 1980. This event came at a time when the Band were sampling global success for the first time. Dave, a stalwart over many years in his uncanny role as AC/DC’s vivacious vocalist delivers songs from the first half dozen albums from Dirty Deeds to Highway to Hell with Bon’s inimitable attitude, style and charisma.

Podge, then dons the flat cap as Geordie vocalist, Brian Johnson, whom AC/DC turned to in order to fill the void left by Bon. Brian’s searing vocals Iced Back in Black, one of the best-selling albums of all time. Podge, a double take for Brian, gives a vocal masterclass in his half of the show which is un-paralleled and brings it bang up to date with more classic tracks right up to AC/DC’s hugely successful recent album, Rock or Bust.

The thundering freight train of a rhythm section keep it all meticulously together with Dan as the metronomic Malcolm Young on Rhythm Guitar, Ed as Cliff Williams on Bass, and the supremely talented Ash as Phil Rudd and Chris Slade rolled into one.

With the Rhythm section ‘locked in’ the freedom of the stage and the music is given to Simon as Angus Young who delivers an uncanny performance with meticulous detail in appearance, energy and his note for note heartfelt renditions. Simon honed his craft over many years and is a livewire during his two-hour plus Axe fettling duck-walking extravaganza of bedevilled Rock and Roll.

The band aim to put you slap bang in the middle of the show with hit after hit, and you are expected to join in ! There will also be one or two gems thrown in for the aficionados.
We’d be hung, drawn and quartered if we didn’t play all the classics and Back in Black, Rosie and Highway to hell are all there and the songs keep on coming until the cannons fire ceremoniously to bring the evening to a superb crescendo. If by this time you are still standing…we salute you! If you love Bon, Brian and Angus and the boys this show has no parallels !
Long Live AC/DC, Long Live LIVE/WIRE

Maudie (12A)
May 1 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke star in the true story of Maude Lewis, Canadian folk artist, hotly tipped by the critics. Stunted early in childhood by acute rheumatoid arthritis and a repressed poverty-stricken family, Maude (Hawkins) became one of Canada’s most beloved folk artists. Sally Hawkins is utterly convincing as Maude and Ethan Hawke is the reclusive, gruff fish peddler who falls in love with her when she answers his ad for a housekeeper. Eliciting impeccable performances, Walsh’s film is enriched by the gorgeous, rugged imagery of Nova Scotia’s coastline, portraying a curious, tender romance and an inspirational story of an artist transcending her disability and the social mores of her time.
Canada 2016 115 mins


Cinema located on first floor – regrettably no disabled access.

Licensed bar, hot drinks available from 7 pm.

Advance tickets available from Foxlowe Gallery or online.

Tickets normally also available on the door.

12A bbfc

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Lemon Tree
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Postponed due to adverse weather conditions in February, so now screening in May instead.  

Leek-Palestine Link Group.

Please join us and enjoy delicious Palestinian food and an opportunity to see this award-winning film.


The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemon trees when a new Israeli Defence Minister moves in next door and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Wednesday 2nd May at The Foxlowe.

Bar open and Palestinian food served from 6:00pm

Film showing at 7:30.

‘This is a free event but is fundraising for Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).  All donations welcome.’

Funhouse Comedy Club
May 3 @ 7:30 pm

With Leek’s Secret Comedy Club May show!  Described as Tommy Copper ON ACID, our headliner Wes Zaharuk is unmissable.  Support by Tom Houghton……
Radu Isac
Jack Topher
Compere Barry Dodds

Doors 7.30pm
Show 8.30pm

For more details, follow the link to FUNHOUSE COMEDY CLUB, LEEK.

May 5 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

It’s 45 years since Liege & Lief almost single-handedly created the genre folk-rock. Since then, that simple marriage of traditional music and electric instruments had been suborned and sidetracked, dissected and documented, Oystered, Albioned and Steeleyed.
Time for a fresh approach. Enter TRADarrr.

Punningly recalling the assault of the new which Fairport’s 1969 LP represented, they have reimagined folk rock, painting from a much larger palette, introducing the tints, tones and textures of a whole panoply of musical genres. As you’d expect, here are the precision percussion, searingly tasteful guitars, melodic basses and fiery fiddles that one associates with the genre. But in addition, one finds brass in truly British styles – the dazzling brightness of Purcell, the oomph of Elgar, the emotive richness of a Yorkshire brass band soloist – but also hints of jazz, trad and modern, and even the occasional mariachi riff, string sections, and countless astute references to a long legacy of pop and rock in its many forms.

However, this is by no means an “everything including the kitchen sink” approach. Elements are used sparingly, tellingly and, most important of all, appropriately. When less is more, the sound is stripped back – listen to their almost acapella take on My Lagan Love and no further explanation is needed. Many of the songs and tunes they perform are familiar classics. Many are simply gems from the tradition that band members have always wanted to perform – could there be a better reason for singing a song?

After the success of their first album, Cautionary Tales, work has finished on the band’s second album, ‘Further Tales of Love! Treachery! and Death!’ which has been released through Proper Records with radio airplay including BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show.

7.30pm doors

8.00pm start


Call Me By Your Name (15)
May 8 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Call Me By Your Name is a gorgeous, romantic drama set in the summer of 1983 in northern Italy, where Elio (Timothée Chalamet) is spending the summer at his family’s sun-drenched villa, lazily transcribing music, swimming and hanging out with friends. One day his father’s new research assistant Oliver (Armie Hammer) arrives and Elio finds himself smitten. Luca Guadagnino directs an acclaimed, sublime romance adapted from James Ivory’s Oscar-winning screenplay.

Italy/France/Brazil/USA (subtitled) 2017 132 mins


Cinema located on first floor – regrettably no disabled access.

Licensed bar, hot drinks available from 7 pm.

Advance tickets available from Foxlowe Gallery or online.

Tickets normally also available on the door.


BBFC Classification guidelines

Barbara Dickson
May 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Barbara Dickson with Nick Holland and support from Anthony Toner.

When Barbara Dickson was last here at Leek Arts Festival in 2016 so many people were disappointed not to get a ticket for her performance at the Foxlowe. Therefore, we are delighted to offer festival goers another chance to see and hear this much loved wonderful musical icon here in Leek.

As a multi-million selling recording artist with an equally impressive Olivier Award winning acting career, Barbara Dickson OBE has firmly established herself as one of the most enduring and popular artistes in Britain today.

She is currently working on a new studio album, a follow-up her recent live album, ‘In Good Company,’ which will feature some of her favourite songs recorded with a string quartet featuring new arrangements by John O’Hara, and she is also planning another release which she hopes will coincide with her next full band tour in early 2019.

Following her move back to Scotland, Barbara now lives in Edinburgh with her husband, Oliver, and a floating population of three sons, Colm, Gabriel and Archie. She is an Ambassador for Alzheimer’s awareness at Nordoff-Robbins Scotland and Patron of both Fife Headway and the Fife Society for the Blind. Whilst Barbara remains modest about her many achievements, with seventeen Platinum and Gold albums to her name she remains Scotland’s biggest-selling female singer of all time. She was awarded an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen in 2002 for Services to Music and Drama.

Aly Bain, the great folk musician, has described her as having the best female voice ever to come out of Scotland whilst Billy Connolly says “from the very first time I heard her, her voice just nailed me to the wall. She’s just a one-off.” Barbara is quick to dismiss this politely as pure opinion, but the accolades she has received over the years undoubtedly recognise that she has been touched with a gift that is of great importance to her and, more importantly, to her audience.

“Singing is not,” she says, “about technique but what is in your heart. That is the secret”.


7.30pm doors

8.00pm start.