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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.


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


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.


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: The Town Hall is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 3pm.


Open each video full screen to enjoy the full experience.

#Hedfest22 promotion

Thanks to those involved in creating #Hedfest18

The Hedon Mayor, Councillor Steve Gallant, has offered his thanks to all those involved in making the Hedon Festival 2018 happen. The day may have been challenged by the unexpected success of the England team in the World Cup and the ensuing upsurge of interest in football – but that only partially diminished the day. In fact the feel-good factor created by the football result (England 2 – 0 Sweden) probably added to the atmosphere around the town.

“HedFest  was a great success again this year with something for all ages. We did have a bit of lull while England saw off Sweden, but then the evening sparked up and bands were playing up to midnight at some venues. I managed to catch quite a few bands.

“The Parade was much bigger and better than the last time, with local schools and youth groups joining in with all the guest costumed performers. With 30 degree heat, I can tell you it was a bit warm leading the parade in full Mayoral attire, but it was great to see so many families out on the streets of the old town to watch and give Hedon a real carnival atmosphere!

“A huge thank you to the HedFest Working Group who spent many months planning the day, working long hours at the weekend to make it all come together, and to all those who came together on the day to make it happen.”Councillor Steve Gallant, 672nd Mayor of Hedon.

Hedfest Chair, David Thompson (the man in the ‘King’ costume on the Parade) was a victim of the cancellation of the poetry event where he was due to perform, but is still upbeat about the whole day:

“We had an enjoyable and memorable day, made more so by England`s win over Sweden. Of course, the match affected Hedfest, the Performance Poetry had to be cancelled, and one pub had to pull out of Hedfest altogether.

“That said, Hedon still had a wonderful day, the Carnival Parade was a real spectacle with its variety, colours and characters, and the quality of the artists at the pubs, St Augustine`s and Alexandra Hall was superb. A first class family day with the activities and events on the school field and Market Hill. As Chairman of the Working Group, my thanks go to all who worked so hard to make Hedfest 18 such a success.

“It is hoped the Performance Poetry/Music can be re-arranged for a future date, and that this might become established as a regular open mic event in Hedon.”David Thompson, Chair, Hedfest Working Group.

Parade Organiser for the Hedfest Working Group Councillor Sarah Rommell, said: “The whole event worked well despite the football. The parade was wonderful and I was happy when it all came together. It was a difficult thing to pull off but we did it and I hope the residents of Hedon and our visitors had a fantastic day. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our costumed characters, who were magnificent despite the heat. Thanks also to the local Sainsbury store who provided fruit and water and staff to hand it all out on the parade free of charge.”

Cllr Sarah Rommell and Kathryn Adams of Princess Parties

There are lots of ‘thank yous’ to be given by the Hedfest Working Group to all those that worked behind the scenes to make #Hedfest18 happen, and we are going to list those in the next few days – but first and foremost thank you to those who came to see, watch and join in with the festival fun. We had visitors from across the country and residents turned out in their droves. Thank you for supporting the Hedon Festival in 2018.

PS: In just two days we have had nearly 10,000 views of our Picture Gallery from the day. Add your photos as a record of Hedon’s busiest day of the year!

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