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Holmfirth Festival of Folk: Over 50 acts booked for vibrant weekend event

New Model Army, Paul Young and Los Pacaminos and Kate Rusby will headline

A popular music festival is set to descend on the Holme Valley.

This weekend the Festival of Folk will erupt into life in Holmfirth once again for a weekend of riotous music, dancing and good old fashioned knee-slapping.

Over 50 acts have been booked for the three-day event from May 6, bringing music to every nook and cranny of the town.

This year, cult underground legends New Model Army will head the bill at the Picturedrome on the Friday at 7.30pm at a ticketed event, with an eclectic genre-fusing performance that nods to post-punk, folk and many others.

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The five piece will be followed by veteran singer Paul Young and his Tex Mex band Los Pacaminos, who will play at the same venue at the same time on Saturday.

Kate Rusby is the third headliner, who will perform at the festival finale at the venue on 4pm on Sunday.

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Bob Fox and French musician Flossie Malavialle will also play ticketed concerts at different venues during the festival.

But revellers will be able to enjoy the overwhelming number of acts for free, with sets taking place in pubs, halls and outside, including at the Peace Gardens on Huddersfield Road, which is hosting events for the second time.

Having fun at the Holmfirth Festival of Folk

Those wanting to get in on the action will also have the chance, thanks to dozens of musicians’ sessions, spoken word readings, singarounds and open mics.

But it is not just music that will be on offer to those who visit on the Saturday and Sunday.

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Dancers from 25 different troupes will bring the streets to life with their rainbow costumes and vibrant routines, which will encompass styles from Latin American to clog and sword dancers.

And a children’s festival will yet again run alongside the main events, with story telling, treasure hunts, theatre and even an interactive wild west show.

Programmes will be available to buy throughout the festival at various venues.

To find out more, go to: www.holmfirthfestivaloffolk.co.uk

Tickets for the three main events can be booked via the Picturedrome box office or website.


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