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#Hedfest22 – Hedon Festival Programme

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#Hedfest22 – Hedon Festival – Friday 3 June 2022 (as part of #HM70 and #PlatinumJubilee Celebrations in Hedon)

1.00pm Carnival Parade. Assemble at top of Ivy Lane/Market Hill in Hedon. (From 11am on Market Hill join the Carnival Arts Pop-up Parade station to try on costumes and get kitted out for the parade. Children need to be supervised by adults).

THEME FOR PARADE: Royals and Rulers – Real & Mythical

Dress to the theme! Enjoy the atmosphere, mood and sounds of the carnival as the parade snakes its way around Hedon. A touch of Rio de Janeiro comes to our ancient town!

Parade Route: Church Lane, New Road, St Augustine’s Gate, right into Magdalen Gate, right onto Baxtergate, right at Fletchergate. Along New Road. Left onto Drapers Lane and Far Bank.

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1.45pm Far Bank – Inter-Pubs Tug of War Competition!

2.00pm Far Bank – Bands, Entertainment, Fairground, Stalls, Food & Beer Tents.

2.00pm Stage at Far Bank opens. Runs until close at 10pm

Line-up – (Note: Subject to change):

  • 2.00pm – 2.25 The Humble Bard
  • 2.30pm – 2.50 Nicole Fewster
  • 3.00pm – 3.40 The Arkut Brothers
  • 4.00pm – 4.40 The Listening Club
  • 5.00pm – 5.35 The Finest Hour
  • 6.00pm – 6.45 Soul Patrol
  • 7.15pm – 7.45 Cuba Drive
  • 8.30pm – 10.00 From Gold to Rio

FROM GOLD TO RIO – THE GREATEST HITS OF SPANDAU BALLET & DURAN DURAN

Two of the UK’s most iconic bands will be brought to life in one power-packed show!

With over 20 top 10 hits the show will feature non-stop classics including Gold, Rio, True, The Reflex, to name a few, guaranteed to leave the audience shouting for more!

So, if you’re a Duranie, a Spandie, a Wild Boy or a Soul Boy, then this is something you don’t want to miss!

Stage managed by Africa Studios (Hull).

2.00pm Stage at St. Augustine’s Church opens. Runs until close at 9.30pm

Line-up – (Note: Subject to change):

  • 2.00pm Beth Pilling
  • 2.30pm Katrina Rae
  • 3.00pm Pete Clarkson
  • 3.30pm Rob Bywater
  • 4.15pm Kobe Allenby
  • 5.00pm Ed James
  • 6.00pm American Daughters
  • 7.00pm Brodie Milner
  • 8.00pm Tom Gorringe
  • 9.00pm Sam Connolly

Stage managed by Africa Studios (Hull).

3.00pm and 5.00pm The Spoken Word at Haven Arms

3pm – 4pm

Open Mic – 30 minutes for any budding street poets to take to the stage.
Peter Knaggs  – is a Hull writer/editor and workshop leader, the author of five poetry books, and has taken prizes in many competitions, including the National and Forward Prize. He is currently working on a novel to follow up the million-selling “Every Day is a Hawaiian Shirt Day”
Jimmy Andrex
– co-founded Red Shed Readings, makes radio for ELFM and has been on the BBC 6 music. Last summer he performed “Stupidity is Not The Problem” and “Billy Baggins There and Back” a modern adaptation of The Hobbitt. Recently he wrote and performed Tree Talk for Wakefield Word Fest. He is currently promoting a book/album “9 Displacement Activities”.

5pm – 6pm

Helen Rice – A Sheffield poet, her work is funny, touching, honest, reflective, sensitive and holds up a mirror to our changing world.
Stan Skinny – A Sheffield power box of lyrical absurdity served with musical whimsy in a hat of heart warming originality, energy and a fox paw of glamour. A must see!
Ian Winter – Winner of numerous slams, he throws words at you like a madman throwing eggs at Cathedrals, in a rollercoaster of emotion of a beautifully observed world tinged with love and the comedic.

Five, different, very entertaining performers that will make you laugh, cry, think, and ask for more.


DOWNLOAD your Hedfest Handy Guide – print the guide text, then print the map on the reverse. Fold twice, and you have your guide ready to use on the day.

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#Hedfest22 is coming! Friday 3 June 2022

THE HEDON FESTIVAL will take place after a four-year gap on Friday 3 June 2022. And today, as the countdown to #Hedfest22 starts, Hedon Town Council has published three videos to promote the festival.

SEE THE #HEDFEST22 VIDEOS

Henry Priestman and Friends pack out Saint Augustine’s Church at #Hedfest16

The Music Reel video showcases the talents of James WoodTom GorringeMike Rogers and Harry Orme. It was recorded last year in lockdown conditions in Saint Augustine’s Church and is a sample of some of the music to expect this year at #Hedfest22 in the church.

The Church Stage at #Hedfest22 at Saint Augustine’s Church will open at 2pm on Friday 3 June and close at 9pm.

Henry Priestman and Friends is a tribute to Hedfest by Hedon-born singer and songwriter Henry Priestman. The video was also recorded last year in lockdown conditions and reflects some of the measures that artists and performers had to take in order to meet and entertain virtually. Look out in particular for the guest appearance from Mark Kermode the TV and newspaper and film critic in Yachting Type(s). And we guarantee you will go away from the video with memories and the sounds of “The Ghosts of a Thousand Fishermen (still drink down Hessle Road).”

The Open Air Stage at #Hedfest22 will be at Far Bank off Drapers Lane and will be open from 2pm and close at 10pm.

The Spoken Word – a celebration of poetry and prose performed to an audience – has always been a feature of the Hedon Festival. In the video, Catherine Scott, David Thompson and Ian Winter gave a taste of what to expect at #Hedfest22.

The Spoken Word Stage during #Hedfest22 will take place at The Haven Arms, Havenside for one-hour sessions from 3pm and 5pm.

If you would like to be involved in organising, sponsoring or contributing in any way to the 2022 Hedfest event, please contact Hedon Town Council. Hedon Town Hall, St. Augustine’s Gate, Hedon, HU12 8EX. Email: townclerk@hedon.gov.uk. The Town Hall is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 3pm.

SEE THE #HEDFEST22 VIDEOS

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#Hedfest22 promotion

Hedfest 20 and 21 postponed….

Hedfest 20 and 21 has been postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The intention is that a bigger Hedon Festival will now be held in 2022.

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