Manchester Folk Festival, a new annual festival in Manchester celebrating the best of English folk and acoustic roots music, has launched; announcing its first six concerts ahead of a full programme launch this April.

From protest song to ballads, familiar names alongside new talent it takes place from October 19-21, 2017, across the city with a festival hub including an outdoor stage at HOME.

With more than 16 concerts featuring approximately 30 artists in a mix of intimate, large scale, indoor and outdoor gigs, Manchester Folk Festival will be dedicated to promoting and supporting new English folk and acoustic music. It will also host the English Folk Expo music showcase, attracting delegates from across the world.

David Agnew, director of So It Is and also artistic director for The Met in Bury and Ramsbottom Festival, produces Manchester Folk Festival.

Agnew said: “I am thrilled to bring this exciting new festival to Manchester to present great folk found from throughout England. We have fantastic venues and to add a city based music festival to the global folk industry is really exciting. This festival is all about profiling and celebrating the range of great music described as folk or acoustic – offering audiences new artists and supporting emerging artists who deserve to be on the world stage.”