Manchester Folk Festival 2023

Thu Oct 19 2023 at 06:00 pm to Sat Oct 21 2023 at 11:30 pm

Band on the Wall | Manchester

Manchester Folk Festival
Publisher/HostManchester Folk Festival
Manchester Folk Festival 2023

Manchester Folk Festival – an urban gathering in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

19- 21 October 2023



Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Ríoghnach Connolly & Honeyfeet

Martin Carthy: An evening of songs and conversation with Jon Wilks

Blackbeard's Tea Party


John Smith

Maddy Prior & Forgotten Lands

Noble Jacks

Hack-Poets Guild

Bryony Griffith & Alice Jones

Lady Nade

Granny's Attic

Will Pound & Jenn Butterworth

Merry Hell


Michele Stodart

Suntou Susso

Ward Knútur Townes

Rosie Hood Band

Amy Thatcher & Francesca Knowles

Annie Dressner

Bonfire Radicals


Chris Cleverley

Chris Fox

Clara Mann

Coruja Jones

Eliza Marshall


George Boomsma


Gray by Silver


Hannah Scott

Heather Ferrier

Iona Lane

Jon Wilks

Katie O'Malley

Katie Spencer

Kirk McElhinney

Maddie Morris

Man The Lifeboats

Mikey Kenney

Northern Resonance

Nunnery Norheim

Philippa Zawe


Ruth Lyon

Sally in the Woods

Simeon Hammond Dallas


The Dove & The Dragon

The Often Herd

Tom Theuns & Aurélie Dorzée


This year we are so excited to be moving to the Northern Quarter, the vibrant musical heart of Manchester, to some of the most well established and iconic music venues in the city.

Our exciting new venues for 2023 include:

Band on the Wall

New Century Hall

Hallé St Peters

Night and Day

Hallé at St Michaels


Castle Hotel

The Stoller Hall

Matt & Phred's

The festival is a rolling programme where wristband holders will be able to dip in and out of Manchester Northern Quarter’s legendary music venues through the 3 days of the very best in English Folk and Acoustic music. All of the venues are within a short walk of each other, making it easy to move between concerts, catch up with friends, and just hang around taking in the atmosphere.

New for 2023 will be exciting international partnerships bringing in new music from around the world. We are also excited to introduce more sessions and workshops to the festival programme, alongside our traditional singaround.

Band on the Wall is our new festival hub and late-night festival club featuring the best emerging folk-influenced artists. There’s also free events alongside our regular programme – join a session at The Smithfield Market Tavern or enjoy free live music on our Band on the Wall Bar Stage.

A limited number of 3rd Release Festival Wristbands are now available at £110 (+£7 booking fee).

(Pictured: Holy Moly and the Crackers @ Manchester Folk Festival 2022)


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Band on the Wall, Manchester, United Kingdom


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