The sun is shining but the wellies are flying off the shelves, which means that the festival season is definitely upon us.
And if you like the music but not the tents, this year there are a host of events close to home that mean you can enjoy them with the added comfort of your own bed at the end of the day.
Here is our list of some of the best festivals in the area over the summer months.
Garforth Arts Festival June 30-July 12
If a weekend festival just isn’t enough, then why not head over to Garforth Arts Festival, where gigs, theatre, dance and comedy will take place in the town for two weeks. The Playground Party, Levellers, The Wonder Stuff and the Skatalites are all confirmed for the festival’s finale on July 12, with tickets costing £26 (£21 concessions). Go to: www.garforthartsfestival.co.uk .
Cleckheaton Folk Festival July 4 to 6
One of the most famous folk events in the area, Cleckheaton Folk Festival takes over the town to showcase the best renowned and up and coming musicians from the UK and further afield. This year Kathryn Roberts, Sean Lakeman and Dougie MacLean will take the headline slots, alongside Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, Martha Tilston & The Scientists and many more. Not just for adults, it will also feature dozens of ceilidhs, treasure hunts and other children’s activities to keep the whole family entertained. Weekend tickets are £70 for adults and £65 for concessions. www.cleckheatonfolkfestival.org
Cocoon in the Park, Temple Newsam, Leeds, July 12
If electronic music is your thing, you needn’t head to Berlin. The one day event packs in some of the genre’s heavy weights into one marathon party. Sven Väth will host this year’s event and will be joined by Seth Troxler, Apollonia and Enzo Siragusa. Tickets cost £45. Go to: www.cocoon.net/events/cocooninthepark
Halifax Fake Festival July 12
Now here’s a way to hear the sounds of your favourite stadium sell-out bands without the price tag. This July you could be forgiven for thinking that the real Oasis, Arctic Monkeys and The Foo Fighters have teamed up for a one off super gig, thanks to the work of some uncanny tribute artists. Tickets cost £20. Go to: www.facebook.com/events/658637517517611
Huddersfield Caribbean Festival July 12
We may never be able to guarantee that we will have tropical weather in West Yorkshire, but the Huddersfield Carnival definitely ensures that we keep the vibe alive. Large floats will line the streets and dance troupes will take to the stage along with steel drum bands and reggae for a long day of vibrant celebration. Free entry. Go to: http://www.huddersfieldcarnival.co.uk/
Tor Festival, Todmorden, July 25 to 27
Put on thanks to a community fundraiser, the first Tor Festival will show no bounds when it bring lovers of experimental, psychedelic, folk, drone and noise together for a weekend the Pennine village will not forget. Sound artist Helmet Lemke, will also be making a special outdoor sound installation in honour of the event, which will take place at The Three Wise Monkeys, Todmorden Unitarian Church and Bare Arts. Tickets cost £12 and £15. Go to: www.kickstarter.com/projects/574927965/tor-festival-2014
Underneath the Stars Festival, Canon Hall Farm, July 25 to 27
Not just content with being a several time award-winning folk star, Barnsley’s Kate Rusby has joined up with the team at Cannon Hall Farm to put on a weekend of music that will even get farm animals hoofing it to join in the fun. Expect sets from British folk, swing and blues heavy weights such as Richard Thompson, The Puppini Sisters and Tunng.
And if that’s not enough, organisers have promised a total ban on ‘blocked plastic portaloos, damp outdoor stages, soggy chips, and sour beer’, which is surely enough to get even the most mud-averse music fans into the festival spirit. Tickets cost from £35 per day and £99 for the weekend, plus concessions. Go to: underthestarsfest.co.uk
Tramlines, various venues across Sheffield, July 25 to 27
Joining the already packed weekend of local festivals, Tramlines will eschew the traditional field setting in favour of taking over the city’s normally after-dark venues to blare out the best musicians from near and far from midday across three days. Take a walk around town and perhaps you will be evenlucky enough to spot members of Public Enemy or The Wedding Present having a quick pint in one of the local haunts. Tickets cost £12 per day and £28 for the weekend. Go to: http://www.tramlines.org.uk .
Marsden on your doorstep, July 26
The first event of its kind to be held at Marsden Mechanics, it will celebrate the raft of local talent in the valleys and mark the start of the Textile fortnight . Expect stalls heaving with food, music and theatre shows, and a special performance by Marsden Silver Band, who this year celebrate their 125th anniversary. Go to: www.facebook.com/marsdenmechanics
Cloudspotting Festival August, 1 to 3
Those prepared to travel across the county border could be in for a treat at Slaidburn’s micro festival, which attracts some of the best leftfield acts from around the North West and UK. This year Cate le Bon, and ones to watch, Sweet Baboo and Denis Jones will be amongst the three day line up, which only costs £80 for the weekend. Go to: www.cloudspotting-festival.co.uk
Beacons Festival, Heslaker Farm, Skipton, August 8 to 10
Onlookers used to the sights of a few roaming sheep on Skipton’s rolling hills will be in for a surprise when they are replaced by thousands of music fans in their best kaftan and technicolour welly combos for a one weekend showcase celebrating the best cutting edge music around. No genre will go unrepresented at the three day party, which will see post punk, electronic beats, folk and funk collide in the farm yard. Tickets cost from £49.50 per day and £99.50 for the weekend. Go to: greetingsfrombeacons.com.
Fieldtrip, August 15 to 17
More moor madness is on the cards for this weekend, when Fieldtrip Festival makes its debut above Addingham. Despite its tiny 1,500 capacity, it promises to be heavyweight weekend as scores of electro, house, techno and dubstep artists line up to turn this quiet countryside location on its head. Tickets cost £85 for the weekend. Go to: www.fieldtripfestival.co.uk .
Bingley Live! Myrtle Park, August 29 to 31
Making sure music lovers keep on partying right until the very last weekend in summer since 2007, this year Bingley Live! will bring together Brit-pop legends Shed Seven together with electro-pop duo Pet Shop Boys and Huddersfield’s very own Georgia Harrup, for more fun and games in the town’s main park. It’s also pocket friendly enough even for those who’ve spent most of their pennies at other music blowouts, with entry costing £49 for the weekend and £33.50 per day. Go to: www.bingleymusiclive.com
Huddlefest, Greenhead Park, September 20 to 21
Hoping to cash in on an Indian summer brand new festival, Huddlefest, will see 10,000 music fans descend on the park to transform it into a musical temple not seen in the town since Mumford and Sons took it over in 2012. Organisers are keeping tight-lipped about the line up so far but have told us that revellers should expect everything from rock to reggae and a whole stage dedicated to local acts. Go to: www.huddlefest.co.uk.
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