Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival

Middlewich Town Centre, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 9AS

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It’s back! Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival is set to make a welcome return this summer and organisers are planning to make it the ‘biggest and best’ yet.

As with so many events up and down the country, the much-loved family festival was forced to cancel over the past two years but now it’s full steam ahead with plans for a major come-back this June.

Already organisers, Middlewich Town Council, have announced a headline act, The Whole of the Moon band The Waterboys who are hugely popular on the folk/rock scene up and down the country.

A working group, including councillors, residents, and staff, is planning a jam-packed programme of family attractions and musical entertainment from June 16-19 to draw crowds and boost the town economy. More information will be shared in coming weeks.

Already there has been a joyous reaction to news of the festival’s return on social media.

The event will once again showcase Middlewich’s rich canal history with a colourful flotilla of narrowboats boats displaying their quirky names and paintwork while selling their crafts as part of a floating market.

They will be seen at three locations – on the Trent & Mersey Canal below Big Lock or above Kings Lock, and on the Shropshire Union Canal above Wardle.

The Main Stage will return to its traditional location on Market Field and there will be a toe-tapping trail of musical entertainment to follow around fringe festival pubs.

Key attractions include:

Market Field: Main stage with The Waterboys on Friday and further acts throughout the weekend

Royal British Legion, Lewin Street: A dedicated folk stage with music, food, and drink

Fountain Fields: Community stage with family entertainment including performances by local dance groups and schools

Civic Way carpark: Games, stalls, souvenirs, and foodie choices galore

Wheelock Street: A vibrant market destination lined with crafts and delicious artisan foods

Floating Market from Town Bridge to The Big Lock with narrowboats selling everything from cakes and crafts to ironwork and paintings

As headliners, The Waterboys are set to bring many fans.  Led by brilliant Scottish guitarist/vocalist Mike Scott, the band features an established line-up of Memphis keyboard great ‘Brother’ Paul Brown, ace British drummer Ralph Salmins and funky Irish bassman Aongus Ralston.  

Their songs have been performed by artists as varied as Prince, The Killers and U2, all of whom have performed their classic The Whole of The Moon. The song also featured in last year's smash Netflix film Let It Snow and top HBO series The Affair

For more information on the festival programme, its ticketed events and host of free attractions see social media or head to the website https://www.middlewichfabfestival.co.uk

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