Win full weekend tickets for town’s Blues Festival

Paddy Maguire  who will be playing at the curtain raiser for Hebden Bridge Blues Festival
Paddy Maguire who will be playing at the curtain raiser for Hebden Bridge Blues Festival

A packed weekend of blues music will see big-name players visit the third annual Hebden Bridge Blues Festival next month.

And organisers Jason Elliott and Paddy Maguire have offered our readers the chance to win a unique competition prize - which includes a pair of tickets for the entire weekend and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to introduce one of the acts on stage.

Hebden Bridge Blues Festival will take place from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26, at various venues across the town, including some of its most popular pubs, where gigs will be free to enter.

A host of outstanding names from the world of blues will be attending, including Aynsley Lister (Friday, 10pm), Jo Harman (Saturday, 10pm), and Marcus Bonfanti and the Paddy Milner Band (Sunday, 10pm).

The event is now being viewed as one of the top attractions on the UK blues scene, with people from across the country booking tickets and bringing a much-needed boost to the upper Calder Valley economy.

It follows the well-supported and highly praised first Hebden Bridge Piano Festival held last weekend (see report and pictures on Page 26).

Jason said tickets were selling fast for the paid-for events but in addition there would be a further dozen gigs over the weekend which would be free of charge to attend.

He said: “We hope these free gigs will help people in these tough times get a taste of some of the best music in the country.”

Paddy Maguire will take to the main stage at Hope Baptist Church, New Road, with his Midnight Jam each night.

He and Jason are thrilled with the warm welcome their festival has received across the valley and much further afield and are offering a superb prize to one Hebden Bridge Times or Todmorden News reader.

Jason said: “We are happy to give one winner a pair of full weekend tickets (worth £110), two festival tee shirts (worth £24), five CDs of performing artists (worth £50) and the opportunity to introduce one of the acts on stage (totally priceless).”

To enter, answer the following question: What award did the Hebden Bridge Blues Festival win at the 2012 British Blues Awards?

Email your answer, together with your name, address and a daytime contact number, to hbtimes@hebdenbridgetimes.co.uk or todnews@todmordennews.co.uk, adding “Blues Competition” into the subject bar by noon on Tuesday, May 14.

The winner’s name will be published in the issue of Thursday, May 16.

Usual Johnston Press rules apply.

For the full line up of musicians, times and venues across the three days, visit www.yorkshirebluesfestival.co.uk