Months of preparation, copious amounts of sunshine, and the support of a BBC broadcaster have all contributed to making Knutsford Music Festival 2018 ‘a big success’ according to organisers Knutsford Town Council.
The council hosted the event for the second consecutive year, with more than 40 events in 18 different venues across Knutsford.
Headline act Miles Hunt performed at The Courthouse on Saturday, which had people up off their seats and dancing long before the end of the show.
The 200-year-old former crown court was a new venue for the festival this year. It has recently been transformed into a restaurant, hotel and community function space.
Meanwhile, Mark Radcliffe hosted three folk nights – and even performed himself – at Knutsford’s Little Theatre infant of packed crowds at the intimate venue.
The BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music DJ was able to lend his support due to Glastonbury Festival opting for a fallow year this year.
He brought a number of BBC Folk Award winners and nominees to the town including Mike McGoldrick, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar and Pilgrims’ Way.
Mark commented: “We had three nights of amazing music and copious imbibing of session ale at the Little Theatre and I feel proud of what we achieved.
“I want to thank everyone at the theatre, all the council staff and volunteers who helped so much, all the artists who appeared for reduced fees.
“But mostly to the people of Knutsford who came out and supported us as we try to build live music as part of what the town has to offer.”
Also new for 2018 was a series of family friendly music activities on The Moor.
These included an eclectic range of acoustic performances, drumming workshops and a singalong with Elsa from Disney’s Frozen which was well attended in the sunshine.
On top of that there was a blues night with the acclaimed duo Mat Walklate and Tom Attah and classical and choral performances – including an evening with Halle Brass – as part of Knutsford Music Festival’s emphasis on providing something for everybody.
We’ll keep you posted on plans for next year as soon as they’re revealed.