Good to be back! Armley Festival brings community together for fun and entertainment

Last dance? Councillor Lou Cunningham with a friend at Armley Festival last year. Photo: Paul Abraham

Words & photos by Paul Abraham of

Fun in the sun – deckchairs gator at Armley Festival 2021. Photo: Paul Abraham

The 2021 Armley Festival held on Armley Moor was opened by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Asghar Khan and hosted by popular Leeds-based TV and Radio presenter Peg Alexander.

Leeds Lord Mayor Cllr Asghar Khan at Armley Festival 2021. Photo: Paul Abraham
Armley Festival host Peg Alexander videos the crowd on her phone. Photo: Paul Abraham

Armley hero Mik Artistic got the festival off to a brilliant start with his unique and distinctive brand of music and banter.  

Armley legend Mik Artistik on stage. Photo: Paul Abraham

He was soon followed by the wonderful funky band Rodina. Superb finger-picking blues and country music came from David Broad in front of many of his long-time followers, before Cair Paravel – with the amazing voice of Miranda Arieh – had the crowd spellbound throughout their set

The final act of a high-quality afternoon’s festival came from the local band The Burner Band, who bridged the gap between bluegrass, country, rockabilly and punk to create their own superb and personal sound.

Congratulations and thanks to the organisers for giving the people of West Leeds a magnificent entertaining and well organised festival.

Gymnastics at Armley Festival. Photo: Paul Abraham
Queues for ice cream. Photo: Paul Abraham
Performers on stage at Armley Festival. Photo: Paul Abraham
Lots of musical entertainment on stage. Photo: Paul Abraham


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