Heptonstall Festival will again amaze this year with a feast of music and fun for everyone on Saturday, September 20, with an afternoon of top line bands.
Like last year, there will be two stages - one on Weavers’ Square and the other in the old church ruins of St Thomas a Beckett, with bands playing and performers performing from midday till the early evening, after which there will be a candle-lit classical concert in the ruins, with Due Voci (Viv Burr and Mandy Doyle) and the Three Valleys Gospel Choir.
A main headline act this year is Neal Bob Herd, otherwise known as the “Scots Billy Bragg”, who is literate, witty and barbed by turns. Proclaiming it vocally, with guitar rich in twang and tremolo, and a wry, dry way between the songs, he’s an all-rounder with real emotional depth in his writing, plus a well-developed sense of fun.
Another major act will be The Lottery Winners, an indie-pop quartet that blend momentous melodies with wistful and insightful lyrics. The band have played extensively live, supporting the likes of The Futureheads, Jamie Cullum, The Charlatans and The Enemy, building up a loyal family of fans in the process.
The festival welcomes back local band Tiny Minds to the bill - a three-piece band whose folk, blues and psychedelia soaked pop reflect their tranquil and unique surroundings - described by DNA festival as “dreamy pop rock with influential swoon”.
Tim O’Connor is welcomed back after a great performance last year and he will be joined by G Rossi, an amazing, internationally renowned musician. After delighting us last year with their heartfelt songs and sublime music, Harry and MK return this year.
Also returning for a second year is James Paul, who astounded all those who caught him in 2013. His technically brilliant guitar playing will leave you amazed.
Local duo Featherteeth join the bill this year, bringing their unique blend of avant-garde psychedelic rock to the line-up. Brothers, Daz and Rew Brown, began playing in bands in the early 90s, and now play as a two piece, experimenting with looping and guitar synth technology.
The Last Chance Saloon brings a Hoedown with attitude for the 21st century with swinging tunes and dances.
Incidentals (Oxana, Sandi and Sarah) is a female instrumental frame drumming band based in Todmorden. Three Men and a Box (Justin, Daz and Mark) are a line-up who promise to get us tapping along, with a mix of their own tunes and songs you all know and love but with a twist!
Other than bands, the wonderful Hebden Bridge Hill Millies will be dancing throughout the afternoon, Alexander Wells will do his magic and there will be much, much more besides.
Festival events as a whole beging with the parade from Heptonstall School to the old church ruins at 11am.