AFTER the success of last years' Leek Blues & Americana Festival the event returns this October for its second year.
The festival will take place over five days from Wednesday, October 1, through to Sunday, October 5.
Leekblues, the organising committee behind the festival, are pleased to announce that the town's newly-opened Premier Inn is this year's title sponsor.
Leekblues committee member, Dave Swarbrook said: "Staffordshire Moorlands District Council are lending their support to the event, which is equally engaged in promoting the town as much as celebrating the best of live Blues, Country, Americana and roots influenced music.
"We have been overwhelmed by the response from the many venues and sponsors across town; this year promises so much.
"We want to make every performer feel welcome as we work hard to put the spotlight on them and the town."
This year sees an increase in the number of hosting venues as more than 16 pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafés will be helping to showcase local, national and international performers.
Dave added: "The success of last year's festival and the inclusion of the Leekblues Winter Warmer in February of this year helped to build a positive reputation for the event, and as a consequence many bands and performers have sought to reach out to Leekblues for inclusion in this years festival. The festival has a great line-up of over 35 acts.
"As well as introducing new venues, creating great partnerships with local sponsors and our title sponsor - the festival has been able reach out further to talent than last year forging new contacts and friendships in the musical world.
"This has enabled us to bring some of the best in the genre to the Staffordshire Moorlands."
Highlights for this year's Leek Blues & Americana Festival include Nick Steed Blues Band on the Wednesday at The Roebuck Hotel, Leek. Festival partners Biddulph 'Up in Arms' music club plays host to Statesboro' Georgia's Brooks Williams performing with PJ Wright on the same night at The Biddulph Arms.The Situation continue to highlight new, original talent at the Old Central Club, Leek, on the Saturday night with bands such as Moitessier and Malthouse. Cajun/Zydeco legends Elvis Fontenot play Sunday afternoon as part of the New Orleans Sunday at The Cock Inn, Leek.
The headline act this year is the legendary boogie woogie blues pianist, Mike Sanchez. He will be performing on Friday, October 3. at The Foxlowe Arts Centre.
He is one of the most influential British blues performers of the last 30 years, having performed with artist such as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Imelda May, Andy Fairweather-Low, Jools Holland and Robert Plant.
His energetic style and ability to fuse with an audience, combined with his immense talent and knowledge of his chosen style make him one of the most respected artists of his generation. Mike will be bringing his band The Portions along for what will be a night of rousing Rhythm and Blues.
Tickets are now available for Mike Sanchez's show from Foxlowe Arts Centre priced at £12.50.
For all the latest festival information go to www.leekblues.co.uk.