MORE than 50,000 visitors are expected to be dazzled by Huddersfield’s Festival of Light next month.

And after its huge success last year the King Street Live Music Stage is back to showcase some of the North’s most talented musicians.

The stage will host free performances on Friday December 7 and Saturday December 8, between 6.15pm and 10pm.

This year the line-up includes bands to appeal to a wide audience, with two popular headliners both nights.

Headliners Fat Stanley, a nine-piece funk outfit from Huddersfield, will take to the stage at 8.45pm on Friday.

Vocalist Ross Taylor said the band takes its cues as much from classic soul as it does modern.

First to support Fat Stanley at 6.15pm is Spirit of John, an acoustic two-piece from Halifax.

Following them are the four lads from Darlington Goy Boy McIlroy. They describe their music as: “Blues played by angry down to earth white men living in the North of England.”

Saturday evening will finish the festivities at King Street with Sheffield’s kings of rockabilly The Slingshots, starting at 8.45pm.

Formed in 1984 the band continue write and perform their own material which reflects their wide musical tastes.

Saturday will commence with Molly Jones and Lee Southall who are described as “a match made in heaven”.

The pair produce thought-provoking, melodic and catchy songs linking acoustic folk, blues and beyond.

Next Byron Street Social will be mixing up all types of music from reggae to hip hop to funk, something to move and dance to!

The event is organised by Kirklees Council and council leader Clr Mehboob Khan said: “The line-up this year encompasses a great range of talented bands that I’m sure are going to impress.

“Last year was the first outdoor music stage for the Festival of Light, and it was a huge success. I am looking forward to seeing the performances this year.”

Throughout the weekend there will be numerous other acts to keep families entertained.

A breathtaking high-wire walk will take place high above Huddersfield town centre buildings plus a programme of additional street theatre and open-air performances.

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