Leek SKA Festival 2019
Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm

Leek SKA Festival 2019 – The Skalinskis, Splitters, The Chalk Outlines, Roots to Nowhere, mummyfunk

Formed in 1999 The Skalinskis play a fusion of upbeat dub and ska with a hint of eastern european folk in the mix. In 2019 the band are currently a 6 piece eclectic combo with a tidy beat and a heavy brass section. With 3 albums and years of touring under their belt, the band has honed a live show full of energy that is sure to get you dancing. Their material features driving lyrics, drunken vignettes and adaptations of classic ska/reggae. Guaranteed to Skank up the Dance!

For over a decade, Leicester’s Splitters has been at the forefront of the UK ska scene, dropping dynamite sub ska scorchers and heavy heavy reggae sounds loaded with realness. By mixing the traditional vibes of 1960s skinhead ska with a contemporary edge that speaks of the grit and grime of modern British Life, Splitters have built a reputation as one of the most scorching live acts on the UK circuit.

A Brass Fuelled Ska/Rock ‘n’ Roll Party riot! The Chalk Outlines are a 18 legged Ska Band from West Wales. Formed in 2015 the band has been whipping audiences into a frenzy across their native Wales, The South West and London with their stomping live shows. They’ve played at numerous festivals combined with prestigious support slots for the likes of Bad Manners and the Dualers.

Roots to Nowhere, a 4-piece ska/punk/reggae band from Crewe, Cheshire established in 2009 after the split of former band Empty Pockets. Roots’ songs depict the struggles of the working class and looking at society as a whole, with hard hitting relatable lyrics and music that makes you want to move.

mummyfunk – Happy tunes to make you smile, brought to you with vinyl style. Classic selection.


Dress Code: Suit and tie are optional, but be sure to bring your dancing shoes.

Doors + DJ from 5pm, Bands from 7pm.

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


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 @ 7:30 pm

Join the madcap world of The Doonicans as they take popular hit songs to create hilarious parodies – think The Barron Knights but on speed! This promises to be an excellent night out – but please be aware it might not be suitable for the easily offended.

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

Tickets £14.00 Book now
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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 @ 7:30 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.

Tickets £25.00 Book now
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Both Sides Now – The Joni Mitchell Celebration Concert
May 10 @ 7:00 pm

Three decades of music, one night of Joni. Both Sides Now play classics including Edith and the Kingpin, Wild Things Run Fast and Carey.

The music of Joni Mitchell is celebrated in this performance of some of her best-loved songs. As Joni reaches her landmark 75th year, these concerts are also by way of an extended celebration of her life and work.

The Joni Mitchell Songbook draws on a three-decade journey of incredible creativity, from folk singer to mainstream rock artist, as well as an abiding love affair with jazz.

Featuring Big Yellow Taxi (her most covered song), River and A Case of You (both from the breakthrough album Blue), the radio hits of Help Me and Free Man In Paris (from double-platinum Court and Spark) and the jazz-infused stylings of In France They Kiss On Main St (The Hissing of Summer Lawns) and Coyote (Hejira).

Both Sides Now is a five-piece band showcasing the outstanding voice of Sarah Miller. During its debut year of 2018, the band played at some of the UK’s leading music venues. The musicians’ CVs include such notable names as Don Felder of the Eagles, Badly Drawn Boy, Ruby Turner and Corinne Bailey Rae.

This is not your usual tribute – it’s a group of Joni superfans dedicated to keeping her music in the live arena.

Doors 7.30pm


Leek Folk Day
May 11 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

12.30 – Storytelling for families with Ian Douglas.

1.30 – 5pm afternoon concert with local artists plus special guest Kevin Dempsey. Compere Bill Durose.



Leek Folk Day Evening Ceilidh
May 11 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Ceilidh with Cuckoo’s Nest plus friends. Caller Martin Thompson. Plus songspots and storytelling.

Tickets £6 from the Foxlowe or pay on door


Tom Robinson
May 16 @ 8:00 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.

Tickets £22.50 Book now
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The Peak District Big Band
May 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Alex Clarke and Molly Rider

Another group requiring no introduction to Leek Arts Festival fans – this year sees the band at its largest ever – a full 21 piece big band.  This year’s performance features the fabulous soloist Alex Clarke – a rising star on the jazz scene and currently a student at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

The band’s performance will feature a traditional big band repertoire, including works from the library of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and more.

Once again the band features the vocalist Molly Rider who will recreate some classics from Ella Fitzgerald’s songbook, together with pieces made famous by Ray Charles, Imelda May, Beverley Knight and Amy Winehouse.

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

Performing classic big band favourites and recreating the music of the greatest jazz composers.

Featuring guest soloist Alex Clarke.

Friday May 17

Tickets £12.00 at venue.

Performance 8.00 – 10.00