Hebden Bridge all set for a weekend of blues

m Attah will be bringing his "Delta Blues with a Yorkshire twist" style of playing back to Hebden this year. Photo by Jason Elliott.

m Attah will be bringing his "Delta Blues with a Yorkshire twist" style of playing back to Hebden this year. Photo by Jason Elliott.

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Hebden Bridge will be singing the blues this Bank Holiday Weekend when an award-winning festival returns.

Hebden Bridge Blues Festival runs from Friday, May 24, to Sunday, May 26, at various venues across Hebden Bridge, including Hope Baptist Church, the Salem Community Resource Centre and some of town’s most popular pubs, where gigs will be free to enter.

Working in partnership with venues across the town and a Leeds music shop, the Hebden Bridge Blues Festival will have a record number of 14 bands playing at free gigs this year in the “Juke Joints”.

Festival Director Jason Elliott said: “We only set this festival up because we love the music. That’s why it is important to us that everyone in Hebden Bridge and local area gets the chance to hear a few bands. We had 238 applications from acts wanting to play at this year’s festival, so, rest assured, the bands you can see in the venues for free are all extremely high quality.”

The participating venues are The Old Gate Bar, The White Swan, The Crown Inn and Marshall’s Bar for 9pm gigs every night. During Saturday afternoon, JHS Music from Leeds are taking over the Main Stage inside Hope Baptist Chapel on Hope Street to showcase three of the blues bands that use their own “vintage” guitars.

The free gigs are as follows: Friday at 9pm - The David Raphael Band at The Old Gate; The Blueniks at The White Swan; Boneyard at Marshall’s Bar; and George Lindsay Blues at Crown Inn. Saturday at 2pm - The Tom Killner Band on the main stage at Hope Baptist Church. Saturday at 3pm - James Bell on the main stage at Hope Baptist Church. Saturday at 4pm - The Mentulls are on the main stage at Hope Baptist Church. Saturday at 9pm - Blues Boy Kings at The Old Gate; Bonnie Mac Band at The White Swan; The Gav Coulson Group at Marshall’s Bar; The Steve Fulsham Band at The Crown Inn. Sunday at 9pm - Junkhouse Dog at The Old Gate; Terry Logan & The Artful Dodgers at The White Swan; Poorboy at The Crown Inn.

Organisers have said the event will be the best yet, backed up with its nomination for Best Festival in the British Blues Awards. Full weekend tickets are £55, a ticket for Friday is £10, Saturday tickets are £27.50 and a Sunday tickets is £27.50. For more details or for tickets go to www.yorkshirebluesfestival.co.uk.