No #Hedfest17

During the Hull City of Culture year 2017, there will be no Hedon Festival taking place.

Hedon Town Council have released a statement about HEDFEST:

“In 2015 and 2016 the town enjoyed two fantastic music weekends with the first two HedFests. The festivals were very well supported by residents and the Town Council happily provided funding and a lot of organisational support from staff and councillors. So it is with some regret that the Town Council has decided not to go ahead with a third festival this year.

“Special thanks should go to David Thompson who was the driving force in getting the festivals from being just a bright idea to fruition as the biggest events in the town’s recent history. However, we have not been able to get the support of enough venues to be able to run the festival again this year.

“The Council will keep an open mind about a future HedFest if it is viable – it would be a shame to lose such a well supported event from our calendar.”

Cllr Steve Gallant – Chair of Finance & General Purposes, Hedon Town Council.

Hedon Festival

Hedon Festival 2016


The ‘Rough Guide’ to #Hedfest16

HedFest 16 logo social media#HedFest16 will be held on Friday evening 12th August from 6pm and Saturday 13th August 2016 from 12 noon.

Theme for 2016: Hedon – The Past, Present and Future of the place…

THE OFFICIAL ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME will be out in the first week of August.

Front cover programmeThe ‘Rough Guide’ is here:

“THE ALEX” Off the Road Cornucopia Stage @ The Alexandra Hall, St. Augustine’s Gate, Hedon.

Friday 12 August from 6pm: TOM VAN WREN  PAVEY ARK  DAVE MANN & THE STRINGS  TO BE CONFIRMED ♥ JOHNNY PAT & THE ACES (now on at 9.45pm)  ♥ QUICK SILVER KINGS (now on at 11.00pm)


“THE CHURCH” reCOGnition Stage @ St. Augustine’s Church, Church Lane, Hedon.

Friday: DAVE & MEGAN ELF  (Change to advertised Programme) ROB NICKLAS   DEBBIE PULLEN  KATIE SPENCER


“THE HAVEN” Quiet Riot Stage @ Haven Arms Marquee, Havenside, Hedon.


(Not published in Programme) Saturday 12.00 – 3.30pm, Acoustic acts: The Bard of Holderness, Martin Pierson, Rich Gammon (the Peoples’ Poet), Ollie Smith and Andy Wardlow, Barry Cundill, Nick Thompson, Terry Igoe.

Note: Change of running order from published programme Jack Scantily will now be playing at 5pm and The Queen Riots at 6pm.


“THE QUEEN’S” Laughing Tree Stage @ Queen’s Head, St. Augustine’s Gate, Hedon. 



“THE LEGION” John Marshall’s Buzz Comedy @ The Royal British Legion Club, Magdalen Gate, Hedon.



“THE INN (MICROPUB)” Dogfinger Steve Acoustics @ Hed’On Inn micropub, Watmough’s Arcade, Hedon.

Friday: (Not published in Programme) 6pm Dogfinger Steve ♥ 7pm Amber Warren  8pm Colin Metcalf  9pm Jade Booth Malone  10pm Jim Danby

Saturday: 12pm Dogfinger Steve 1pm Pete McLeod ♥ 3pm Roy Lion ♥ 4pm Common Ground ♥ 5pm Harrison Rimmer ♥ 6pm Pete Stokes ♥ 7pm Martin Pierson ♥ 8pm Derek Waudby ♥ 9pm Trevan O’Neil ♥ 10pm Jack Parker

Disclaimer: The programme may change due to unforeseen circumstances. For any inconvenience caused we apologise in advance.


Saturday Carnival Parade: Bringing Rio de Janeiro to Hedon! Assemble Market Hill from 12 noon. Carnival leaves at 2pm. Theme: The past, present and future.

Saturday Community Hub and activities @ Magdalen Gate carpark.

Saturday Carnival Assembly and Children’s Activities @ Market Hill.

Saturday Hedon Hand Bell Ringers. Hedon Methodist Church Saturday 10am – 12 noon.

Friday and Saturday Photo Exhibition by Hedon Photographic Club @ The Church. Photos to the HedFest theme: The past, present and future.

Look out for Road Closures around Hedon from 12pm – 5pm.

Wristbands HedFest16 snip

Entry wristbands  to #Hedfest16 – The Hedon Festival 12th and 13th August 2016. ADVANCE prices £4 adults (green), £2 youth 6-16 (blue and yellow), family buy 2 adults, 2 youths for £10.

Look to buy your wristbands (kindly sponsored by Dennis Estate Agents) at the following locations in Hedon: Hedon Town Hall, John Dennis Estate Agents, Beckett’s Newsagents – (Adult wristbands on sale only), Queen’s Head pub, Haven Arms Restaurant and Bar, The Hed’On Inn and Royal British Legion Club. (*Note: More expensive on the day at £5, £2.50 and £12).


“Thank You” to our Hedfest knitters!

Yarn bombed tree-001HEDFEST, on the day of the Carnival Parade, Saturday 13th August 2016, will see Hedon town centre ‘dressed’ for the occasion! Our already beautiful town will become pretty in pink… and, blue, red, green, orange and every other colour!

The centre of town will be given a woolly and wonderful makeover as street furniture is decorated with wool bunting and items of knitting supplied by a team of volunteer knitters!

Woolly decorated noticeboard

Woolly decorated noticeboard

With only a few short weeks to Hedfest, Camille the manager of Yorkshire Mobility, the shop on New Road which is kindly acting as the collection point for those with knitted items, is keen to give thanks to four knitters in particular who have donated bag loads of knitting. So this is a big ‘THANK YOU’ from Camille and all at Hedfest to Mavis Lane, Audrey Nelthorpe, Audrey Windsor and Helen Porter. You are our Woolly Wonders!

The four mentioned and, of course, all those others that have spent hours knitting, crocheting, and sewing for Hedfest will be rightly proud when they see just how marvellous and wonderfully woolly our town looks for the occasion of the Carnival Parade on Saturday 13 August 2016.

There’s still time for more knitted items to be donated – there’s no pattern to follow, just knit triangles, squares, rectangles, and pom-poms – of all sizes and colours – so basically you can use your scraps of left-over wool and your imagination! The pieces can either be put together as bunting or left as individual pieces.

Drop off your knitted items with Camille at the Yorkshire Mobility shop.

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Largest choice of Mobility Products and Daily Living Aids. 22 New Road, Hedon, HU12 8EN

Henry Priestman & Les Glover – Headlining @ The Church #Hedfest16

ONE of the headlining acts appearing at this year’s Hedon Festival #HEDFEST16 is ‘Henry Priestman & Les Glover‘ brought to Hedfest by reCOGnition. And for Henry, the former main songwriter in the band The Christians and with nearly 40 years in the music business, it’s something of a homecoming.

Henry, along with his longtime sidekick Les Glover, will be starting the Saturday afternoon entertainment at ‘The Church’ at Hedfest – and it’s especially nostalgic for him because he was born only 300 yards away from the St Augustine’s venue down Church Lane.

Hedon-born Henry Priestman has an impressive CV in the music business as a musician, singer, and songwriter. His biography on his website reels off a list of celebrity names and institutions that will make you go goggle-eyed, but before you get bogged down in all that, you need to click on one his tracks and from that you will realise that having Henry perform at Hedfest is a real coup for the festival. Before I did anything else I played Valentine Song performed by Henry and Les and was immediately hooked and became a fan! I suggest you do the same!

I asked Henry who was born in 1955 what it felt like coming back to play Hedon after having left East Yorkshire to go to art college in Liverpool in 1975.

Henry Priestman photo by Viceversarobbi

Henry Priestman photo by Viceversarobbi

“I’ve passed through a few times, usually to come and see the old haunts, see how it’s changed but not too much. The chippy’s still there on corner of St Augustine’s Gate!…the clay pits have gone, mind… as kids we loved it there.. was like swallows and amazons.

“Then there was Lewis’ Bakery opposite Town Hall, and John Lewis was my age, had a guitar (and all the Beatles, Kinks and Stones singles) my brother had a guitar and I had a snare drum..that’s where it all started…!

“So yes, you could say Hedfest is a bit of a homecoming…first time I’ve strummed a guitar in Hedon since 1966! (‘cos we moved to Burton Pidsea area in ’66).”

Henry has received much media coverage during his recent career and a lot of this focuses on how satisfied he is with life at the moment performing at intimate venues with Les Glover, enjoying his singing and reflecting his life-experience in the music. This satisfaction is revealed in his music with a heraldic and optimistic style that is sure to prove a hit at Hedfest 2016.

Henry Priestman and Les Glover perform at the reCOGnition stage #Hedfest16 at St Augustine’s Church on Saturday 13th August starting at 3.15pm.

Start with the videos then visit the rest of the website… and then buy your entry wristbands!

Preview by Ray Duffill.


Photos of Henry: With many thanks to Viceversa Robbi of the reCOGnition stage.

Wristbands HedFest16 snip choc boxWristband sales: *ADVANCE prices £4 adults (green), £2 youth 6-16 (blue and yellow), family buy 2 adults, 2 youths for £10.

(*Note: More expensive on the day at £5, £2.50 and £12).

Look to buy your wristbands (kindly sponsored by Dennis Estate Agents) at the following locations in Hedon: Hedon Town Hall, John Dennis Estate Agents, Beckett’s Newsagents – (Adult wristbands on sale only), Queen’s Head pub, Haven Arms Restaurant and Bar, The Hed’On Inn and Royal British Legion Club.

Hedfest16 Programme out soon!

HEDFEST is already being talked about across Hull and Holderness! Excitement is building as people anticipate the publication of the Official Entertainment Programme.

Here are some more highlights to tempt you and to help you plan your Hedfest experience.

A new venue for this year’s Hedfest which will ensure busy crowds in Magdalen Gate is the Royal British Legion Club which on Friday and Saturday night will host John Marshall’s Buzz Comedy presenting some of the best rising stars of the comedy world.

Eleven great comedians are appearing at Hedfest, they include:

From Lancashire and a regular on the Blackpool comedy scene, Hedfest brings you Dave Twentyman with his cheeky banter delivering light-hearted gags and stories that you just can’t help relating to. Effortlessly funny and quick on his feet, Dave wins over and endears himself to the toughest of audiences.

Daniel Triscott

Daniel Triscott

Daniel Triscott is a former mathematics student at the University of Bristol, whose comedy is marked by analysis. “I tell calculated, crafted jokes and one-liners, and for me, it’s all about the mechanics of a joke” he recently told his local newspaper in York, the city where he runs the Duke’s Comedy Night. Expect Steven-Wright-esk one liners and short comedic ideas ranging from the subtly surreal to the downright idiotic! A real forensic laughter-maker for Hedfest!

It’s not just the comedy at the British Legion, Saturday afternoon will bring you a mix of acoustic music, poetry and spoken word that will move, animate and excite audiences.

At the Alexandra Hall on Friday night the legendary band from Hull Johnny Pat and The Aces are expected to pack the venue like last year as they take the audience on a nostalgic journey through the magical years of rock and roll.

Also appearing at The Alex will be Sea of Wires an alternative country duo. This Beverley based band has a collection of timeless original songs that will leave you humming the tunes for days afterwards.

cuba drive

Cuba Drive @ Hedfest15

Cuba Drive – what can you say! It’s just a pleasure for Hedfest to welcome back the very popular home-grown band from Hedon. Performing at The Alex on Saturday night, they have everything it takes for a great gig; great music, great songs and great banter with the audience to match!

The Black Delta Movement will pack out the Haven Arms marquee on Friday night. From Hull, BDM have a loyal following of fans and make new ones at every gig! The heavy garage and rock and roll outfit described as ‘neo-psychedelic’ ooze its own kind of black delta love. Get there early, it’ll be busy!

“Probably the best thing to come out of Immingham!” declared one presenter on BBC Radio 1 when referring to the Ming City Rockers. They’ve just recently released their second album Lemon which was recorded in Chicago. Expect to hear some tracks from that. The Ming City Rockers are on a full UK tour and Hedfest is delighted to welcome them! “Packs addictive pop-punk melodies, an exhilarating jolt of unadulterated adrenalin.”  – Q Magazine.

Henry Priestman by viceversarobbi

Photos of Henry Priestman by Viceversarobbi

St. Augustine’s Church is privileged to kick off its Saturday schedule with Henry Priestman and Les Glover with the gig being special for Henry, the former main songwriter in the band The Christians. It’s something of a homecoming with him having been born only 300 yards away from the church although not having strummed a guitar in Hedon since 1966.

Local singer/songwriter Katie Spencer brings with her a big heart and a unique sound to the church on Friday night (with Rob Peirson playing fretless bass). The former student of South Holderness Technology College is inspired to sing and write by the people and her surroundings in the Yorkshire countryside. She’s in the process of creating her debut album.

The Queen’s Head stage features King’s Horses on Friday with the Hull band creating a varied range of fresh music, with big snares, deep bass and fuzz box guitar. Later that night is Helter a five piece rock and roll group also from Hull who come to HedFest like lots of the acts after playing Hull Sesh the week before.

Saturday expects to see the return of Rivers Johansson with blues, grunge and rock on the evening and again fresh from Sesh, The Froot ’67 with a psychedelic and progressive rock sound.

The Hed’On Inn micropub is taking part in HedFest with acoustic music on the Friday evening and the Saturday.

The Official Programme of Entertainment is expected to be published and available for sale for £1 from Monday 1st August 2016 with all the 100+ performance slots and schedules listed.

#HEDFEST16 – Hedon Festival 2016
Friday 12 August – 6pm until midnight
Saturday 13 August – 12 noon until midnight

Carnival Parade Saturday – Assemble from 12 noon on Market Hill for a 2pm start.

Entry wristbands to #Hedfest16 – The Hedon Festival 12th and 13th August 2016. ADVANCE prices £4 adults (green), £2 youth 6-16 (blue and yellow), family buy 2 adults, 2 youths for £10. More expensive on the day at £5, £2.50 and £12.

Look to buy your wristbands (kindly sponsored by Dennis Estate Agents) at the following locations in Hedon: Hedon Town Hall, John Dennis Estate Agents, Beckett’s Newsagents – (Adult wristbands on sale only), Queen’s Head pub, Haven Arms Restaurant and Bar, The Hed’On Inn and Royal British Legion Club.

#Note: Should the programme be subject to change, usually because of circumstances beyond their control, the organisers apologise in advance.

Come to the Carnival! #HedFest16

Colourful carnivalCARNIVAL atmosphere ‘Rio de Janeiro style’ returns to Hedon during the Hedon Festival on SATURDAY 13 AUGUST 2016.

The carnival parade last year filled the streets of Hedon with colour, music and dancing as it snaked through the town centre streets. Hundreds took part in the carnival all dressed up to have fun, whilst perhaps thousands of people watched as spectators.

Flags and bannersThe appeal is now being made for people and groups to join this year’s parade. So whether you are part of an organised group – or just a group of carnival-loving friends – we want your involvement in the carnival.

This year, to whet those creative appetites, there is a theme to the carnival parade: Hedon – The Past, Present and Future of the place… so there’s time to get those thinking caps on and dream up your costumes and outfits to fit the theme.

Not got costumes or time to make them? There’ll be workshops held in Hedon on the morning of the carnival between 10am and 11am to make props and items for the parade.

The carnival parade will assemble at Market Hill/Ivy Lane, Hedon at 12 noon ready for ‘lift-off’ at 2pm.

You can just turn up on the day and take part – but it would be really useful if those groups taking part could complete the following:

Carnival Parade

Wristbands now on sale from 7 places in Hedon

HedFest 16 logo social mediaHEDFEST is Hedon’s biggest event of the year. A festival of music and entertainment with a major carnival parade on Saturday – it takes place on Friday evening 12th August and Saturday 13th August 2016 from 12 noon until late.

To get into the official venues where the 100+ music, comedy and other acts perform requires a wristband which this year if bought *IN ADVANCE, will cost:

First look at the new HedFest wrristbands

  • £4 adults (green)
  • £2 youth 6-16 (blue and yellow)
  • A family can buy 2 adults, 2 youths for £10.

(*Note: More expensive on the day at £5, £2.50 and £12)

Wristbands (kindly sponsored by Dennis Estate Agents) can be bought from the following locations in the town:

  • Hedon Town Hall
  • John Dennis Estate Agents
  • Beckett’s Newsagents – (Adult wristbands on sale only)
  • Queen’s Head pub
  • Haven Arms Restaurant and Bar
  • The Hed’On Inn
  • Royal British Legion Club

News for HedFest Knitters

Yarn bombed pom poms

Yarn bombed rail pom poms

Example: Yarn bombed rail pom poms

KNITTERS – for the Hedon Festival ‘yarn bombing’ knitting campaign:

“There is no specific pattern to follow. We are looking for triangles, squares, rectangles – of all sizes and colours – so basically you can use your scraps of wool and imagination……They can either be put together as bunting, or left as individual pieces, and we can sort them all.

“Camile at Hedon’s Yorkshire Mobility shop on New Road, Hedon is kindly acting as a drop-off point again. Someone will call into the shop from HedFest and collect on a frequent basis.”

camille yorkshire mobility shop

Drop in your ‘Yarn Bombing’ knitting pieces to Camille at the Yorkshire Mobility shop in Hedon.

Drop in and find out about #HedFest16

MORE public ‘drop in’ sessions to find out about the Hedon Festival – and how you can get involved in helping us stage Hedon’s biggest event of the year!
Monday 9th May Nutmegs at 2pm. Tuesday 10th May Queen's Head 6pm. Friday 13th May Hedon British Legion Club at 3.15pm.

David and Sallie Drop In HedFest 2

David and Sallie at Festival Drop In at St. Augustine’s Church

Discover all about #HedFest16

DISCOVER about #HedFest16 – and how you can get involved in bringing the brilliant HEDON FESTIVAL to town!

‘Drop in’ information session at the majestic St. Augustine’s Church  during their regular Coffee Morning on Saturday 30th April 2016. Call in, have a coffee and a chat. We will be there for an hour from 10 pm.

Dropin Church

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