International songwriters and performers Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby will be performing at Hedfest in Hedon on Saturday.
Individually the accomplished duo have worked with the likes of The Righteous Brothers, Mary Hopkin, The Strawbs and Nanci Griffith. Now they play together creating their own brand of music, all acoustic guitar-based material that is perfectly suited for blending hand-in-hand with the the particular acoustic sound of the 800-year old St. Augustine’s Church where they play at 10pm.
Their set promises lots of foot-tapping pleasure, choruses to join in, and stories from the duo as you enjoy Cathryn’s singing and Brian’s inventive guitar playing.
Craig & Willoughby have already conducted a spring tour this year, and have played the Wath Festival. They say: “We’re gearing up for summer festivals, in Counties Donegal, Tyrone, and of course Hedfest. We’ve written new songs, and we look forward to meeting new friends in July.”
“A wonderful weave of songs and stories wrapped in subtle colours of musical genius and delivered with an effortless stagecraft drawn from long roads travelled…” review by Colum Sands (Musician and Broadcaster).
Other headliners playing Hedfest this year across seven venues comprising all genres of music, include: Bud Sugar, Cuba Drive, Hillbilly Troupe, Urban Rain, The King’s Horses, The Froot and Holy Orders. For all the listings get your Programmes (£2) and keep an eye on the updates on this website.
SATURDAY 7 JULY – 12 noon to 12 midnight!
PROGRAMME SOON AVAILABLE (£2) – With all the information you need to enjoy the Festival.
It’s back! After a break for a year, the Hedon Festival with music and entertainment for all, is back for its third event on Saturday, July 7. #Hedfest18 will differ from previous festivals in that it will be a free event with the Hedon Town Council, pub venues and others working together to put on a programme of acts, bands, comedy, and performance poetry. Seven official venues will be involved with Hedfest; the Alexandra Hall, St. Augustine’s Church, The Station, King’s Head, Shakespeare Inn, Queen’s Head and the Haven Arms – each bringing something different to the mix with most styles and genre of music represented. During the course of the next few weeks we will bring you news from each of the festival official venues.
An impressive line-up of over 40 bands includes a mix of local and regional talent such as Bud Sugar, Cuba Drive, Urban Rain, Black Kes, The Wounded Healers, The Froot, Holy Orders, The Corsairs, Habitual Twist, Shout and Jaimie Smithson. Great performance poets will be attending too with Mike Watts, Lucy Clark and Ian Winter amongst others bringing a barrage of mirth, humour and wit to the proceedings.
A key feature once again will be the town Carnival Parade, which, with involvement from local communities – and this year, with the added attraction of fairy tale, super heroes and other costumed characters taking part – will bring festival colours, sounds and just a touch of Rio de Janeiro style atmosphere to the streets of Hedon. Hedon Methodist Church will be holding a workshop in the morning so you can make your costumes, hats or props for the parade and will be holding other events and activities during the day.
Children’s Activities on from mid-morning to 5pm will include Go Karts (for 3 – 13 year olds), fairground rides, a chance to try-out with the Humber Warhawks American Football team, guest appearances from characters from fairy tales, super heroes and science fiction. Lots more too – read the Programme and follow this website.
After its gap year, #Hedfest18 intends to put the town back firmly on the local festival map to excite both residents and visitors.
Councillor Steve Gallant, 672nd Mayor of Hedon, said: “Hedon Town Council took a big risk when we held the first HedFest in 2015. But the people of Hedon came out in their thousands to enjoy the parade and entertainment across all the different venues. The HedFests in 2015 and 2016 were the biggest community events in the town for many years. Last year we took a year off (to give Hull’s City of Culture a chance!) but this year we are back and planning a fantastic one day festival with something for everyone. And if your community group want to be involved get in touch at the Town Hall. Make sure you put July 7th in your diary and get a programme to plan your day”
The Chair of the Hedfest18 organising group, David Thompson, said: “As things often do, Hedfest all started with a conversation in a pub. We thought how good it would be for the town to stage a really big event, one that will get the town buzzing. This, we have done in 2015 and 2016 with spectacular success, and with thousands attending. This has really put Hedon on the events map, has been great for the Town, its economy and community. After the first Hedfest, I said ‘brilliant, brilliant , brilliant!’. This year, it`s great to see Hedfest18 going ahead, and it promises to be brilliant again.”
This is a definite date to note in your diary: #Hedfest18 – takes place Saturday 7 July from 12 noon until 12 midnight and is a free event to enjoy.
Catch up with all the Hedfest news on this website!
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.
#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.
The ‘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)
Saturday: FREEDOM ROAD ♥ SAM BISHOP ♥ OLLIE SMITH ♥ OTR SKIFFLE ♥ KEITH NEWBY ♥ BLACK KES ♥ SIGNS OF HOME ♥ ELWHAEKO ♥ WAKE UP IN VEGAS ♥ CUBA DRIVE
“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
Saturday: HENRY PRIESTMAN & LES GLOVER ♥ PETE MCLEOD ♥ URBAN RAIN ♥ DOGFINGER STEVE ♥ (Change to Programme. Band is actually called) MAINLY UKULELE ♥ ELLE GRICE ♥ TIM O’CONNER ♥ DYR SISTER
“THE HAVEN” Quiet Riot Stage @ Haven Arms Marquee, Havenside, Hedon.
Friday: ARGY BARGY POETS ♥ BARD OF HOLDERNESS ♥ WAKE UP IN VEGAS ♥ THE RESONANCE ♥ FIRE ♥ BLACK DELTA MOVEMENT
(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.
Saturday from 4pm: LIGHT THERAPY ♥ JACK SCANTILY ♥ THE QUEEN RIOTS ♥ STREET URCHIN ♥ THE MADISONS ♥ STREAMING LIGHTS ♥ DEAD HORMONES ♥ MING CITY ROCKERS
“THE QUEEN’S” Laughing Tree Stage @ Queen’s Head, St. Augustine’s Gate, Hedon.
Friday: LOOP CYCLE ♥ LATE NIGHT MARAUDERS ♥ KINGS HORSES ♥ JACKSON D (it’s D not Dee) ♥ VAGUE ♥ HELTER
Saturday: (Outdoors) PAIGE MACKENZIE ♥ JACK PARKER ♥ ELIZABETH PICKERING ♥ BEN ARKUT ♥ IMOGEN HART ♥ SAM TRUEMEN ♥ SARAH SHIELS ♥ SAM ARKUT. (Indoors) RIVERS JOHANSSON ♥ DIRTY HALO ♥ NAKED SIX ♥ THE FROOT ’67
“THE LEGION” John Marshall’s Buzz Comedy @ The Royal British Legion Club, Magdalen Gate, Hedon.
Friday: COMEDY – DAVE TWENTYMAN, ANDY WOOLSTON, PETE PHILLIPSON, DANIEL TRISCOTT, SAM AVERY, RICH AUSTIN, CHRIS WASHINGTON, SAM HARLAND
Saturday: POETS – DAVID THOMPSON, CATH SCOTT, VICKY FOSTER, IAN WINTER, MIKE WATTS, LUCY CLARK, TERRY IRELAND, SUE HOULSTON AND OLI HARVEY. ACOUSTIC MUSIC. COMEDY – FREDDY QINNE, BOBBY MURDOCK, SAM HARLAND
“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.
ALSO AT HEDFEST:
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.
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).