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The excitement, in anticipation of Hedfest on Saturday, continues to build in Hedon. The community-based music and family entertainment festival certainly creates a buzz in the ancient market town! Expect a mad flurry of activity online, as bands and acts promote their slots in the programme via social media; while fans and the public interact with them on Facebook, Twitter, etc as decisions are made about the best places to visit on the day.

Lucy Clark and Town Crier John Dawson

Photo by David Thompson

It’s not just social media promoting #Hedfest18, traditional media gets a look-in too. BBC Radio Humberside are due to broadcast live from one of the venues, The Haven Arms, from 12 – 3pm with a Hedfest special on Friday, the day before festival. Even more traditionally, Hedon’s own Town Crier, John Dawson, has been out and about making official announcements about the festival. He was joined in town last Saturday by the BBC’s Lucy Clark – Lucy is a performance poet herself and expected to perform at “The King’s Spoken Word” at the King’s Head on Saturday

And there’s plenty to talk about as the festival hosts some fifty acts over the twelve hours of the music and entertainment programme. Some great bands include: International songwriters and performers Craig & Willoughby are at the Church, also Hillbilly Troupe, Cuba Drive & Bud Sugar perform at The Alex. The Haven hosts The Froot and Holy Orders. There are four other official venues.

There’s lots for the children too – there’s Go Karting for 3 – 13 year olds, fairground rides, a magician, a special appearance by Bob the Robot and a whole host of costumed characters to see too; from Princesses and Elves, through to Captain America and Wonder Woman! There’s a re-enactment of scenes from Lord of the Rings by the Fellowship of the Precious. And expect to see all these characters out in force on the Carnival Parade – surely the highlight of the Hedon Festival when the streets of Hedon centre gets filled with people of all ages as spectators and participants merge into one giant swinging, conga-ing, samba-ing and dancing mass of party people.

For this Hedfest blogger, the day is just full of dilemmas – I can solve the puzzle of being able to listen to Carrie Martin at the St Augustine’s Church at 2pm, and get to see Lucy Clark at the King’s Head at 3.10pm, whilst traversing my way through thousands of people on the Carnival Parade? But harder to fathom is how I’m going to see my favourite Hedon band Cuba Drive at the Alexandra Hall at 10pm, yet get back across to the Church to see a bit of Craig & Willoughby also at 10pm and yet still get to the Haven Arms for 11pm to see Holy Orders whilst simultaneously catching Hillbilly Troupe at The Alex… also at 11pm? Whatever the hour, between 12 noon and midnight, Hedfest is going to be just so full of such delightful dilemmas!

#Hedfest18 takes place Sat 7 July from mid-morning to midnight. Programmes available with listings and map (£2) from various outlets across the town.

#Hedfest18 Venues for Sat 7 July

These are the official venues who have worked together to bring you FREE entertainment at the Hedon Festival 2018 on Saturday 7 July. Entertainment listings in your Programme (£2):

The Alexandra Hall St Augustine’s Gate, Hedon, HU12 8BW Music Venue

St. Augustine’s Church, Church Lane, Hedon HU12 8JG Music Venue

The Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH Music Venue

The King’s Head, 2-4 Souttergate, Hedon HU12 8JS Music and The King’s Spoken Word venue

The Station, 67 Souttergate, Hedon, HU12 8JR Music Venue

Hedon Methodist Church, New Road, Hedon HU12 8EL Workshop for Carnival Parade.


Fairy tale folk plug Hedon Festival

THE EXCITEMENT is building for this year’s #Hedfest18 in Hedon on Saturday 7 July. Regular stalls are taking place in Hedon town centre on Saturday and Wednesday mornings to sell programmes for this year’s free to enter Hedon Festival event taking place in venues across the town. Many local shops and businesses are also getting into the festival spirit and selling the programmes too.


Fellowship of the Precious. Photo ‘out of the mist’ by Jason Brindley.

But it’s not just Hedon where programme sales are taking place! In Hull city centre last Saturday, the Lord of the Rings re-enactment society The Fellowship of the Precious, who are taking part in the Hedfest Carnival Parade, emerged from the mist to promote the return of the light and colours of Hedfest to Hedon, and to encourage people to join them on the Carnival Parade. Meanwhile back in Hedon, at the Hedfest stall there, the glamorous and beautiful Belle (from Princess Parties ‘Beauty and the Beast’ characters) was helping to plug the festival.

#Hedfest18 takes place from mid-morning to to midnight on Saturday, 7 July with some 50 bands, acts and performers taking part. The Carnival Parade assembles from 12.30pm at Ivy Lane, Market Hill for a 1.30pm start. It’s a free event, but the programme listing the performance schedules costs £2.

Enquiries: Hedon Town Council, St. Augustine’s Gate, Hedon, East Yorkshire. HU12 8EX 01482-898428. Office Opening Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00am till 3.00pm.

Hedon Councillor Sarah Rommell with Belle.

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