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Middlewich FAB Festival

25th Anniversary 19‑20‑21 June 2015

Celebrating 25 years of the Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival
a fabulous weekend of folk & roots music


A big Thank You to everyone for making the 25th anniversary so special!


MANY THANKS to Canal & Rivers Trust for their help this year.


The dates of the 2016 Festival are 17-18-19 June 2016. Applications to play on the FAB LIVE STAGE in 2016 should be emailed to Dave Thompson - events@middlewich.org.uk.

We encourage folk-roots artists to apply. No heavy rock please

Artists should contact the fringe venues direct to be part of next year's fringe programme


FAB25 Anniversary Concert: Luca Stricagnoli

20th September 19:00
St. Michael`s Church £10 (seated concert)
Tickets from the town council office
01606 833434 (office hours)

Luca Stricagnoli

Luca was born in 1991 in Varese, Italy. Since he was a young boy he's been naturally talented with the guitar. He began studying classical guitar at ten but shortly after decided to quit. He later picked up where he left off and taught himself new techniques, which he then perfected and developed his personal original styles, that include unconventional guitar techniques in addition to other instruments. Luca has won many talent shows and competitions.

Luca is signed to Candyrat Records and his debut videos grant him fantastic internet success (14million views on Facebook. 7million on YouTube), and we are delighted to welcome him to Middlewich!

Tickets from the town council office
01606 833434 (office hours)


FAB25 Anniversary Concert: The Unthanks

6th November 19:00
Middlewich Town Hall £18 (seated concert)
Tickets from their website

The Unthanks

This Mercury nominated Geordie band have established themselves as the most innovative and critically acclaimed English folk band in modern history. Known for their timeless, unsentimental tales of loss, fear, booze and sorrow, the new songs are a calmer, melancholic tales of much warmer colours. Forging links between folk worlds old, new and other, The Unthanks are the inheritors, curators and distorters of Tyneside's traditions.

See them here as part of their `10th anniversary intimate 5 piece tour`

Tickets via their website

Yes it`s FREE but that's not the only reason it`s FAB!

Up to 15 venues host music and dance from lunchtime on Friday through to Sunday night. On the canalside and in the town centre, artists from around the UK (and beyond) perform to 1000s of visitors each day.

Together with 100s of canal boats and town centre setting, Middlewich FAB (folk and boat) Festival continues to provide a fabulous showcase of live entertainment each June - join us?

Like many events we rely on volunteer help so if you would like to get involved in June contact me. Likewise if you have ideas or recommendations please let me know- events@middlewich.org.uk

Dave Thompson.
(Middlewich Town Council Events Manager)

Festival patron Mark Radcliffe

Mark Radcliffe

"Welcome back friends, boaters, blaggers, newcomers, strummers, hummers, hipsters, flipsters and finger poppin' daddies.

Yes as you can see and appreciate I have made sure I'm up to speed with the vernacular of'da kids on da street' to offer you a suitably hip welcome once again to FAB.

Middlewich is such a great place for a festival with its friendly welcoming folk, proximity to the canal network, great pubs, top chippies and the seductive 24 hour casino lifestyle that has earned it the nickname of 'the Monte Carlo' of Mid-Cheshire.

We have great music guaranteed and pretty much everything for free this time. Why not make sure you totally get your money's-worth by taking advantage of our free ticket 2-for-1 offers too! Bargain.

There's also a great scrapbook selection available to remind ourselves of the festival's wondrous heritage and for myself, brings back all those indelible memories of drunken gigs at the Legion where I started playing with The Family Mahone in the late 1930's.

Ah, happy days. When there wasn't a war on of course.

So, let joy be unconfined as FAB fires up for another first-rate fiesta".


Mark Radcliffe & Galleon Blast + special guests Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

Friday 19 June 8pm @ the Kings Lock

Mark hosts the weekly Folk Show on BBC Radio 2 every Wednesday at 19:00

Morris Dancers in front of St Michaels Church

Some FAB photos on Flickr from the 2014 FAB Festival provided by David Major

A great way to get in the mood for this year!

Middlewich Town Crier Devlin Hobson

Mooring Arrangements

Moorings for the FAB Festival are being coordinated by the Canal and River Trust (CRT) who will have Towpath Rangers and Volunteers on hand to assist.

If you have any questions please contact:

Karen Walters
Phone: 07876 001917
Email: Karen.Walters@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Full details about Mooring Arrangements can be found on the Boats page. Please read carefully as they are different to previous years!

FAB25 Ceilidh
Dancing to "Change of Key"

Saturday 20 June
Town Hall 20:00 - midnight

Free admission / donations welcome

Change of Key Ceilidh Band

We are an experienced and lively Folk / Barn / Ceilidh Dance band who have played throughout the Northwest of England and further afield. Our repertoire is a mix of traditional British and American tunes for popular dances.

Our caller will explain all the moves which are varied but straightforward as we aim to make the evening as inclusive as possible. Often our evenings involve a very wide age group from children to grandparents and we will do dances to suit all ages and levels of ability!

We can also adapt our repertoire to suit themed events - American, French, Irish, Scottish, or English


FAB line-up in 2015!

Check out the Artists page for details of the great artists who are performing in 2015!

Middlewich FAB Festival 2015 poster

Can you help us by displaying this poster? Click here for a large version of the poster. If you could print it and display it somewhere prominent, that would be FAB!

Thrill Collins logo

Thrill Collins

Sunday 21 June from 1pm

Many thanks to everyone who voted for their favourite FAB Live Stage artist from last year. We are pleased to announce the clear winner was Thrill Collins!

Thrill Collins

The three lads from Cheltenham really did take the festival by the scruff of the neck last year- and won!

Thrill Collins

They will feature in the all-star 'Party in the Park' concert Sunday 21 June from 1pm on the FAB Live Stage alongside artists from around the world- plus special guest Neville Staple and his band

Folk Showcase
Sunday 13:00

Hosted by Pete Morton

Pete Morton

The Folk Showcase is now fully booked. Many thanks to all who applied to take part in the Folk Showcase and we hope you will try again next year.

Taking part in this year's event are:

  • Edward-Alice
  • Emily Jones
  • Threaded
  • Speak Brother

2015 FAB line-up announced!

The great line-up of local, national and international Artists appearing each day on the Live Stage are listed on the Live Stage page

. Lindisfarne logo Lindisfarne
Ward Thomas logo Ward Thomas
Neville Staple Band logo Neville Staple

Details of the Artists can be found on the details on the Artists page

Middlewich FABrication

Over the 2014 FAB weekend Melody Smith Animation was making a community based animation, Middlewich FABrication, based on the Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival. The idea was that people had the chance to animate themselves and become part of the animation.

How many of our FAB Fringe venues and familiar faces can you spot?

Read more about the project at www.melodysmithanimation.co.uk


FAB Live Stage

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Looking for a gig in 2015?

The main stage concert programme is now fully booked as is the Folk Showcase on Sunday.

Artists wanting to play on the FAB Fringe should contact fringe venues direct - venues are listed on the Fringe page.