Cleckheaton Folk Festival returns to town for 2022


The CLECKHEATON Folk Festival returns to the city this summer after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Festival director David Minich says he and the committee are working hard to bring together the usual concerts, singing tours, live band sessions and street entertainment for another fantastic weekend of music and fun.

Morris dancers at the Cleckheaton Folk Festival in 2018

The 2022 folk festival, which will be the 33rd, is set to take place in just over five weeks, on the Friday-Sunday weekend, July 1-3.

All artists who have registered to perform at the event in 2020 have postponed their reservation with concerts in City Hall and the Masonic Lodge.

Organizers said that due to circumstances beyond their control, they are unable to hold a street market this year, but the usual monthly farmers’ market will be held on Saturday morning.

Mr Minich added: “We hope Festival Street Market will be included in our 2023 event when the festival takes part in Kirklees’ 2023 ‘Year of Music’.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Pete Norman and Kath Charnock at Cleckheaton Folk Festival 2018Pete Norman and Kath Charnock at the Cleckheaton Folk Festival 2018

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Cleckheaton Folk FestivalCleckheaton Folk Festival

As usual, the festival will kick off Saturday’s events with the traditional Morris Parade at 11am from the fire station followed by street entertainment. The Saturday afternoon ceilidh at City Hall is a community event and admission is free. Young and old are therefore encouraged to participate.

Many indoor concerts are organized on weekends. Plus, there are live band sessions, song tours, workshops and Morris dancing plus a free family fun day on Sundays in Savoy Square.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Thieving Magpie dancers at the Cleckheaton Folk Festival in 2018The dancers of The Thieving Magpie at the Cleckheaton Folk Festival in 2018

The entire festival this year will be dedicated to the memory of its founder and former director Geoff Pickles, who died in April this year. It follows the last festival held in 2019, which was dedicated to the memory of his wife Jan, who died in 2018.

The organizers say they are always on the lookout for new committee members, so they are appealing to anyone who thinks they could get more involved in running the festival, to get in touch.

Email [email protected] – or speak to someone at the festival office in Town Hall during the festival weekend.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Scenes from Cleckheaton Folk Festival 2019Scenes from Cleckheaton Folk Festival 2019

Ticket sales are already going strong with weekend tickets starting at £84 and individual concert tickets starting at £23, which are still available on Eventbrite or by visiting for more information.

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