Once again Huddersfield’s Festival of Light is set to amaze the 50,000 visitors that are expected to come and view the weekend’s festivities. 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 King Street Music Stage will have free performances on Friday December 7 and Saturday December 8. The stage will come alive at 6.15pm both evenings and is expected to finish by 10pm.
This year the line-up includes bands to appeal to a wide audience, with two popular headliner’s both nights. Headliners “Fat Stanley” from Huddersfield will take to the stage at 8.45pm on Friday. The nine piece funk outfit with raucous brass. Vocalist, Ross Taylor, say the band take their cues as much from the classic soul stompers as they do from modern groove purveyors.
First to support ‘Fat Stanley’ at 6.15pm are ‘Spirit of John.’ The acoustic two-piece are old school friends from the Halifax hills, who believe their songs include both craft and honesty. Following this 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.”
On Saturday evening we will finish the festivities at King Street with Sheffield’s kings of rockabilly ‘The Slingshots.’ The headliners for the evening will start 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.” Molly is the younger daughter of the Tilston-Boyle music dynasty and the guitarist from Merseyside rock band The Coral. Lee has quite a different background been in a band that had chart hits, been Mercury prize and NME album of the year finalists. The pair produce thought-provoking, melodic and unbelievably catchy songs linking acoustic folk, blues and beyond.
Next ‘Byron Street Social’ will be mixing up all our favourite types of music from reggae to hip hop to funk, something to move and dance to!
Speaking about the line-up, Cllr Mehboob Khan, Leader of Kirklees Council, 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’s most iconic buildings plus a programme of additional street theatre and open-air performances. Further details are available on the website.