It's had a re-branding, but The Holmfirth Dub-Jazz-Reggae-Ska & Blues Music Festival (now the much simpler Firth Fest) has the same wide mix of musical styles.
This year’s event, on May 3 and 4, will be headlined by funk-soul-reggae diva Terri Shaltiel and her seven-piece band, with full brass section and Hammond organ, a favourite with audiences at previous festivals.
Supporting Terri will be reggae ska band Jahmaica, who have an enthusiastic following in the Huddersfield and Holme Valley areas. And launching the festival itself will be jazz guitarist Adrian Ingram and his Jazz Dawgz.
The festival, which is now in its third year, is supported by a number of Huddersfield performers, including reggae singer/songwriter Audley Buckle, whose hit ‘Here I Am’ with Dancing Fly is currently in the reggae charts both in the UK and Jamaica.
And the indie/punk/blues band Lost Cassettes, from Golcar, will gig on the Saturday evening.
Then, on Sunday, the Manchester Ska Foundation will round off the festival.
In total, the festival will see eight live bands performing at The Picturedrome in Holmfirth. Details and tickets from www.picturedrome.net
However, music fans who can’t wait can check out the Firth Fest fringe event tomorrow evening (April 26) at The Postcard Pub, also in Holmfirth.
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