It is the north’s biggest Ukulele event.
And dozens of performers from around the world will appear at Huddersfield’s Grand Northern Ukulele Festival (GNUF) for three days from today (May 27).
Those with weekend tickets will be able to see most acts at Lawrence Batley Theatre, while there will be fringe events at Vinyl Tap and the Head of Steam.
We have scoured the line up to find some of the quirkiest acts, who will combine the small stringed instrument with everything from opera to burlesque.
Charlotte Victoria Furness
Saturday, 4.50pm, The Ukulele Underground Stage
Huddersfield’s very own maverick, Charlotte will perform comic songs and tell stories while knitting in her eye-turning get up, which includes her unmissable knitted beehive wig.
She has been described as a witty player, who is a “gentle mix of Victoria Wood, Sarah Millican, and Morrissey.”
Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers
Saturday, 7.30pm, main stage
A Leeds-based band, their recent video for their song David Attenborough is a fun combination of puppetry, poetry and ukulele.
They are also responsible for a calypso about land hermit crabs and a lament at the passing of dinosaurs.
Saturday, 10pm, main stage
Does what it says on the tin (opera + ukulele).
This double act comprised of George Bartle and Amanda (Mandi) Hackett are classically-trained professional musicians, whose ukulele and opera mash-up is touted as “something to behold”.
They have been playing to enthusiastic audiences in the London area.
George is also bringing his own solo act to the festival, Renaissance Uke Man.
Renaissance Uke Man
Saturday, 10pm, Ukulele Underground Stage
From bawdy Elizabethan tavern songs to early 20th century sailor’s songs, George Bartle plays catchy tunes accompanied by his tenor voice.
He has taken his show to 37 different countries and plays 17 different instruments.
Saturday, 1.30pm, workshop and as compere from 10pm on the Ukulele Underground Stage. Main performance on Sunday, 3.25pm, main stage
She won fans galore at the first GNUF with her ukulele cabaret act. A regular Edinburgh Fringe performer, she will perform solo at the festival this year.
Eek’s World of Wonders
Sunday, 1pm, The Ukulele Underground Stage
Anything could happen at this mystery “guerilla” style show, which in the past has descended into a flashmob, Punch and Judy show and David Bowie tribute.
Heidi Bang Tidy
Saturday, 3pm, main stage
A modern day dead ringer for Betty Paige, Heidi will bring a bit of tongue-in-cheek naughtiness to the festival with her alternative cabaret.
It will be her third year at the event and she is also well-known in certain circles as the organiser of the annual Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival.
Saturday, 9pm, main stage
Known as the vaudevillian of the British ukulele world, clown-like Kiki will entertain the audience with his “fantasy” show full of unexpected twists.