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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


FREE Admission!

There will be FREE admission to all gigs at the 2015 Middlewich FAB Festival including the main stage!


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

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


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.

Festival patron Mark Radcliffe

Hosted by Pete Morton

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 & Cairan Algar

Friday 19 June 8pm @ the Kings Lock

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

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

MFAB Festival Live Stage MFAB Festival Live Stage

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)