Acts ready to jam as festival returns

2 April 2011 - D'n Hiemel, Maastricht, The Netherlands
2 April 2011 - D'n Hiemel, Maastricht, The Netherlands

THE upper Calder Valley is set to sing the blues once again this summer.

The popular Hebden Bridge Blues Festival, which made its debut last year, is set to return from Friday, June 1, to Sunday, June 3.

A festival organiser said: “The first Hebden Bridge Blues Festival last summer pulled off the amazing feat of coming from nowhere and hitting the ground running with one of the most talked about festivals of the year providing a truly great atmosphere, superb entertainment and, of course, that warm Hebden Bridge atmosphere.

“Continuing its popular policy of mixing well-known established artists with up and coming talent needing a showcase, the organisers have put together an exciting and eclectic array of musicians that should please even the most demanding of fans.

“Headliners Todd Sharpville, Cherry Lee Mewis, Marcus Bonfanti, Paddy Milner, Ben Poole and Mitch Laddie will be sharing the weekend of June 1, 2 and 3 with crowd pullers the Revelators, Crosscut Saw, Hooson and several dozen others.”

Also being welcomed back is the ‘Women of the Blues’ night, which was one of the most well-attended events at last year’s festival

Cherry Lee Mewis, Jenna Hooson, Lucy Zirins and Fran McGillvray will be firing up the audience on their exclusive night on Sunday at the Hebden Bridge Picture House on New Road.

Although bands will be playing throughout the day and evening on the Main Stage at the Picture House and the Blue Horizons Stage at b@rplace, Crown Street, Hebden Bridge, there are also be many musicians who will be playing at free venues, or ‘juke joints’, around Hebden Bridge.

Venues include: the White Swan on Bridge Gate, Marshall’s Bar on Carlton Street, Nelson’s Bar on Crown Street, Moyles and the Shoulder of Mutton on Bridge Gate.

The spokesperson said: “There will be a feast of talent all over town, with nearly forty bands in eight venues within a quarter of a mile of each other.”

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