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

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.

Nearly Dan in Concert
May 26 @ 7:30 pm

The Spirit & Sound of Steely Dan – Nearly Dan in Concert – 21st Anniversary tour 2018.

Less tribute and more homage, Nearly Dan is saviour to the growing legions of Dan fans, desperate to hear the meticulously crafted grooves and allusive lyrical style of Donald Fagen & Walter Becker. Nearly Dan’s approach is faithful, though not reverential, and relaxed but as tight as their namesakes. They bring their own unique spirit and spontaneous humour to every concert.

It’s been over 40 years since the release of the first Steely Dan album “Can’t buy a Thrill”, featuring the hits “Do it Again” and “Reelin’ in the years.”

The band now in its 21st year on the road. Nearly Dan promise all the Steely Dan favourites in a two hour-plus show, featuring tracks from the groove of Countdown to Ecstasy to the super cool of celebrated albums The Royal Scam. Aja and Gaucho also featuring Donald Fagen’s classic solo masterpiece “The Nightfly”


A real treat for all music lovers and an unmissable concert for any aspiring musician young or old.

Visit www.nearlydan.co.uk for up-to-the-minute tour news, information, and dates.

Celebrating 4 decades of STEELY DAN.
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have created some of the most influential music of the pop era. Inspired arrangements and witty, often biting, lyrics combine to make this some of the most distinctive music ever to grace the turntable, with hits such as Reelin’ in the Years, Do It Again, Rikki Don’t Lose That Number, Deacon Blues, Peg and FM. culled from their seven platinum albums issued between 1972 and 1980. They reunited in the early 90s and toured throughout the decade, releasing multi-Grammy winner Two Against Nature in 2000 and its acclaimed follow-up Everything Must Go in 2003. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

“It’s just great to see The Dan’s songs played with love and respect.”

“They’re fantastic live!!!”
“They are a totally absorbing group of musicians who remain true to the spirit of Steely Dan.”

£14 in advance £16 on the door.

7.30pm doors

8.00pm start.

The Peak District Big Band
Jun 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Peak District Big Band JO OH 2 2013


Another group requiring no introduction to Leek Arts Festival fans – this year sees the band at its largest ever: a full 20 piece big band with some strings thrown in too!

The band’s performance this year features much more traditional big band material and includes works from the library of Count Basie, Ellington, Goodman, Miller and Miles.

Vocalists Molly Rider and Mitch Probert-Watt recreate some classics from Ella Fitzgerald’s Cole Porter songbook, together with pieces made famous by Nat Cole, Chet Baker, Amy Winehouse and Cab Calloway.

A must see performance, as this year sees the departure of many of the band’s senior players.


Friday June 1

Tickets £7.50 at venue.

Performance 8.30 – 10.30



Definitely Mightbe vs Adored Manchester Revisited
Jun 16 @ 8:00 pm

Well, OASIS are no more. The back stage bust ups and public slanging matches on Twitter proved too much for this great British band.

Thankfully, their No1 Tribute-DEFINITELY MIGHTBE (now in their twelfth year) don’t share the same sibling rivalry as the real thing, but they do have a lot in common when it comes to reproducing the rousing anthems, stage presence and atmosphere that the originals created. With over two hours of material to draw from, including all the hit’s from all seven albums, live favourites, B-sides and a couple of Noel’s acoustic number’s, when the boys start there’s no stopping them. And who wants to stop when everybody’s having a good time? As one pleased punter said after Definitely Mightbe played a gig 200 miles away, “I’m going to see the real Oasis in Manchester later this year and if they are half as good as you guys, I’m in for a bloody good night!”

Lead singer Ian bears an uncanny resemblance to Liam and has worked as a look-a-like in the UK appearing on BBC1, Channel 4, Sky TV and ITV. Publicity campaigns and advertising for HMV, Virgin, Q Magazine, Loaded, Royal Bank Of Scotland, Lloyds Bank and the National Press. Ian was also asked to star in a video for heavy metal legends MOTORHEAD as Liam and also providing a voice over for a recent documentary accompanying the new Oasis-”Time Flies” DVD. To add to this, Ian has the knack of sounding like Liam too and was asked to provide the vocals on a dance remix of Wonderwall set for release in summer 2010.

Paul Mitchell takes up the reigns as Noel and mimics the riffs and lead breaks with such precision you’d think you were listening to the CD. A very loud CD. While the rhythm section of Kev Pyne on bass and Pete Coppard on drums keep everything locked together and completes the DEF MB family.

So, as good as the real thing? Well the lengendary Alan McGee thought so when he recently introduced the band live on stage! So they…..DEFINITELY MIGHTBE.
ALSO…The Stone Roses were an 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. Their 1989 eponymous debut album quickly achieved the status of a classic in the UK, and topped NME’s list of the Greatest Albums of All Time. Their songs adorn many a student disco to this day and the classic hits they produced stand the test of time better than most bands from that era.They released a second album, Second Coming, in 1994 before disbanding due to artistic disagreements in 1996. 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!


“Frank Sinatra – His Way!” – Centenary Edition
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm

Robert Habermann sings the songs and tells the remarkable story of Francis Albert Sinatra – From band singer to 1940’s ‘pop idol’, From his fall from popularity to, swinging his way through the 1950’s, recording his most famous songs and albums, building his own record label “Reprise”; Award winning singer Robert Habermann tells the Chairman of The Board’s ‘whole’ story, and sings the great Sinatra classics : Come Fly With Me, Fly Me To The Moon, Witchcraft, You Make Me Feel So young, Strangers In The Night, My Way, New York New York and many more Music Director Buny thompson


STARTS  2.00  PM.