A whirlwind of music and dance is on its way to make the 2014 Holmfirth Festival of Folk even bigger and better than last year.

From Friday May 9 to Sunday May 11, live music, dancing and workshops will take over the streets, pubs, yards and ginnels of the Huddersfield town for the popular community festival.

Most events are free, and unticketed, with informal performances popping up in venues and pubs across Holmfirth, including The Nook, The Old Bridge Hotel and The Cricket Club.

English, Irish, French and Blue Grass sessions have featured in recent years, as well as open mike sessions.

 

The Picturedrome, Civic Hall and, new for this year's festival, the Masonic Hall, will host the main concerts on Friday and Saturday night, ahead of the Finale show on Sunday afternoon in the Civic Hall.

Capercaille and Cockney popstars Chas & Dave will top the bill at the Picturedrome this year, while the 2014 line up also includes Nancy Kerr, James Fagan, Dead Belgian, Siolana, Wizz Jones and Tom Attah.

Martin Simpson and Fay Hield will perform at the Finale concert on Sunday.

Tickets for the concerts can be booked here.

Saturday night will also give festival goers the chance to grab their partners and show off their moves at a traditional Ceilidh, featuring The Monster Ceilidh Band with caller John Brown - and a free family Cielidh will take place on Sunday afternoon.

Victoria Park is the venue for the festival procession on Saturday afternoon, showcasing dance troops including Morris dancers and other folk performers.

But the festival's not just about performance - a host of interactive workshops give visitors the chance to try their hand at popular folk traditions including Morris dancing, Ukulele and singing, with story telling, Maypole dancing and craft activities on offer for youngsters.

This year's festival is also embracing the Tour de France's imminent arrival in Yorkshire by adopting a French theme, offering French dancing workshops, teaching French songs and more.

Full line-up details can be found in the festival programme, which will be available in Holmfirth soon.

For a real festival experience, out-of-town revellers can camp at The Sands campsite for the weekend, which is in walking distance from the town centre. Camping costs £7 for adults and £3.50 for children, per night. Spaces are limited - click here to book.

Alternatively, buses to Holmfirth run regularly from Huddersfield Bus Station to Holmfirth town centre.

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