Certainly no hoax!
I've lived in Leigh all my life and cannot recall a) a year when it didn't hapen, b) was ever anything less than great.
This year though it has to be said they have outdone themselves.
The fantastic line-up this year owes much to the influence of hard working AUK man Will Bray, and my Shangri-la surrogate and pal Tom Burgess's input - all under the progressive wing of Folk Fest stalwart Paul Collier. I doff my cap to you all.
It takes place mainly down in the old town on the Thames Estuary (so you can smell the Delta mud maaaan) but also in Warrior Sq Southend and the old Library Gardens in Leigh broadway.
I can't recommend it enough.
Pray for good weather please!http://www.leighfolkfestival.co.uk/