FESTIVAL organisers are promising ‘astounding’ performers for an ‘epic celebration of music'.

Knutsford Music Festival launches on Thursday, June 20 and runs across four days until Sunday, June 23.

Festival-goers can catch 44 performers across the weekend in a variety of events organised by Knutsford Town Council and local businesses.

Popular events from previous years are returning, including Friday Night Blues, which is headlined this year by Blues supremo Michael Roach, founder of the European Blues Association.

He will be joined by his daughter Sadie for an exclusive father-daughter performance at St John’s Church on Friday, June 21.

Also back by popular demand is Classical at The Courthouse, headlined by rising stars String Infusion, who will perform a medley of classical and modern pieces on electric string instruments.

They will be supported by Sophie Leaver and Mark Newberry, who will perform a voice and piano recital at The Courthouse on Sunday, June 23.

Families can head down to The Moor on Saturday, June 22 from 1pm for some fun in the sun as Music on the Moor returns after an astounding response after its launch in 2018.

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Vermilion Studios

Drumroots will be returning for more authentic African drumming, and children can also create some eco-friendly instruments with Kate’s Crafts.

A selection of talented local musicians will also be performing live on stage from 1pm to 4pm.

A new feature on The Moor will be a new Sunday session Moor Music, which will feature Mereside Brass Band, who will perform for an hour ahead of the classical event that evening.

The highlight of the festival is The Main Event, taking place at Vermilion Studios – a hidden gem in Knutsford that promises an exciting setting for an amazing event.

Fans of The Levellers, Oysterband and The Wonder Stuff don’t want to miss this one as Dan Donnelly, current frontman of Celtic Social Club, headlines this event with friend Ben Paley.

They will be supported by three incredible local talents in this 4 for the price of 3 event, which promises to be one you don’t want to miss.

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Emma Sweeney

Alex Brown, one of the festival organisers from Knutsford Town Council, said: “We plan this event from January, and to see it all come together after all these months is incredible.

“We have some really astounding musicians lined up for this year and are so excited to see such a level of talent coming to our little town for an epic celebration of music across four days.

“We can’t wait for all of our events, especially the headline event at Vermilion Studios.

“This is an amazing hidden gem in Knutsford located just across the road from Knutsford Railway Station and the perfect event space for this concert.

“Festival-goers only need to cross the road and turn left off Stanley Road down to the trading estate where they will be greeted by a 20-foot tall blue robot who guards the doors of this beautiful art studio. It should be an unforgettable evening.

“Make sure to visit our wonderful local businesses to catch their fringe events. Festival sponsors Dexter and Jones and Wine and Wallop are both hosting fringe events during the weekend – check out a gig guide for more information.

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Michael and Sadie Roach

“We’d like to thank every local business and community group who get involved year after year, and everyone who comes along and enjoys this event. You are all what makes this festival the incredible weekend that it is every year.”

You can also catch the return of Mark Radcliffe presents Folk at the Theatre which is hosted again at Knutsford Little Theatre after an overwhelmingly positive response after last year’s event.

Three nights of folk music are returning to the venue from June 20 to 22 June and you can still grab tickets to see the incredible John Smith on Thursday, June 20 and Emma Sweeney on Saturday, June 22.

A total of 21 fringe events are taking place across the festival and are mostly free of charge. These events are hosted by local businesses to fill the streets of Knutsford with music during the weekend.

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Merry Hell

Eight local businesses are returning to the festival after putting on gigs in previous years, and 2019’s event has welcomed seven new members to the festival family who are joining in for the first time.

Don’t miss out on any of the events lined up for this year’s festival – you can view the full 2019 gig guide online now via the website or grab one from most Knutsford businesses to plan your weekend.

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John Smith

Limited tickets remain for the headline events – they cost just £15 for every event and child tickets are also available for £10.

Make sure to head to buytickets.at/knutsfordmusicfestival2019 now to grab yours before they’re gone.

To view what’s on and plan your festival weekend, as well as purchase tickets to certain events, visit knutsfordmusicfestival.com and follow Knutsford Music Festival on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.