Representatives from Wakefield Music Collective and Street Scene Engagement Officer Gary Sherrington have recently been working on a funding bid to improve Clarence Park Bandstand. Gary is pleased to inform us that More »


Brass Band Sundays

We are pleased to bring the popular brass band concerts to Clarence Park Bandstand throughout the year, featuring the region’s best brass bands in a 2-hour concert on occasional Sunday afternoons.   More »


Want To Play Clarence?

Wakefield Music Collective are pleased to announce the 23rd Clarence Park Festival, the longest running FREE Music Festival in Yorkshire and here’s how your band could be selected to play! This year More »

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Want To Play Clarence 2014?

It’s that time of year again – applications are open for your band to play Clarence Park Festival 2014!

Last year was huge – about 7,500 people we reckon – and there’s at least 20 slots open for acts who want to tell us how damn good they are. We’re up for pretty much anything from good hard rock right down to acoustic speedcore [what the hell is that? - Ed]

It’s easy to get in the queue. Simply visit our application page and walk through the details. You’ll be asked to upload a couple of MP3s and point us at a video and stuff, and we promise to review them all. There’s even some handy tips on what we look for.

Applications are open right up until the end of March, so get yourselves in there.

Blues Festival – Acts Confirmed

PosterWe’ve finalised the line-up for this years Blues Festival. We hope you’ll be able to join us :) See below for the details:


Thursday 7th November

7pm - Warehouse 23



Tickets £15 advance, £17 on the door.


Friday 8th November

7pm - Fernandes Brewery Tap, off Kirkgate.

SHAWN JONES – American Country Blues guitarist 

free entry


Saturday 9th November

2pm to 7pm - The Orangery, Back Lane, Wakefield





free entry


8pm - The Graziers, George Street, Wakefield



free entry


Sunday 10th November

2pm to 4pm – Trad Music, Lower Kirkgate

CHRIS HANKS (guitar demo)

free entry


4pm to 9.30pm – The Bull and Fairhouse, George Street





free entry

(raffle and food)

KT’s Blues Festival

bluesYou’ve just had to turn the heating on so you know its getting near that time again. KT’s Blues Festival will be with us soon, the 7th of November to be precise, over 4 days featuring 12 bands in 6 venues, all of which sell beer, woohoo! :)

We are pleased to announce that old favourites Dr Feelgood will be this years headliners, and will be joined by a calvalcade of other great Blues artistes which we will announce shortly.

Keep your ears to the ground for those announcements, we’ll put them out on here, and facebook, and twitter and everywhere else we possibly can asap.

Just like cable knit sweaters, roaring fireplaces and big pots of stew (mmm :-P), early winter is Wakefield City Blues time. Embrace the icy winds, horizontal rain, and dark evenings safe in the knowledge that our fine city has oodles of brilliant blues music to warm your cockles. See you There :) x


Opening Headline
Gig on 
THURSDAY 7th NOVEMBER featuring Dr.FEELGOOD (plus support)
 @ WAREHOUSE 23,  23 Smythe Street, Wakefield, WF1 1ED
Advance Tickets £15 available from WAREHOUSE 23 Box Office ( 01924 724523) or via ticket line www.ticketline.co.uk.
Also available from Wakefield outlets: Trad Music, Lower Kirkgate, Tourist Information Centre, Bullring, or Fernandese Brewery Tap, off Lower Kirkgate.
OR ring Wakefield Music Collective for further details
01924 695060/07913170445


Clarence Kicks Off!

Benjamin Bloom

Benjamin Bloom

Want some more live music? Oh go on then :)

Tonight we are proud to present our official pre-festival gig at The Hop.

As usual its totally free, and we’ve 3 bands for you to enjoy.


Belladonic Haze, a classic rock band with a mixture of songs that range from pop rock, to jangley indie, to tender ballads, right through to the downright sleazy.

Aztec Doll, drawing upon influences such as; The Cure, PJ Harvey, Siouxsie & The Banshees and many others, the band have managed to create a dark yet inviting sound.

Benjamin Bloom, what to say about a major favourite from last year? Well basically he’s ace, come and see for yourself the purveyor of peculiar pop, governor of glam rock – witness the Weird & Wonderful World of Benjamin Bloom tonight from 8pm, upstairs at The Hop.

See you there :) x

Clarence 2013 Lineup Announced

C2013-Festival-Poster-largeWe are proud to announce the Clarence Park Music Festival 2013 lineup, featuring 22 acts on the main stages and DJs on our third stage.

The festival takes place in Clarence Park, Wakefield, on 27th and 28th July 2013, with a kickoff gig and aftershow at Warehouse 23 in Wakefield.

Over 500 bands applied to play the Festival, making it our most successful application process in Clarence’s 22-year history.

The website will be updated shortly with act bios, the launch video, and more.

See you there :)

Sunday 2nd June – Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Clarence Park Bandstand – Wakefield – 3pm


Got your teddy bear at the ready?

Because todays the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic in Clarence Park, and a lovely sunny day it is for it too!

Join us at 3pm today Sunday 2nd June for the annual TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC at Clarence Park Bandstand for a day of fun, games, plus a programme of childrens’ music from Thurcroft Brass Band :)

Saturday 11th May: Young Band Showcase

YBS2013-posterJoin us this Saturday 11th May from 2pm for four excellent up-and-coming indie and rock bands at Clarence Park Bandstand.

On the bill are:

  • Chemical Child (2pm) – We have a true affiliation with music, and a taste for a range of genres, which allows us to draw influences from true masters of instruments and sculpt something truly magical.
  • 12:27 (3pm) – Indie Rockers 12:27 hail from West Yorkshire, England. Formed in 2010 the band have been making their mark on the scene performing at venues across England including the 360 Club, Leeds, The Bull & Gate, London, Escobar, Leeds and more notably at Manchester Academy and o2 Liverpool.
  • Fire In The Fishbowl (4pm) – Rock from Horbury, around since 2009, always a good one to watch. We had these guys last time and they totally blew the roof off.
  • Dead Vixens (5pm) – Formed in spring 2012, The Dead Vixens are now a respected three-piece rock ‘n’ roll outfit from Wakefield. Jumbo Records hailed their 6-track EP as “Young, flashy indie rock with tinges of power pop and even some lush compositions! Great six track debut for sure!”

Additionally there’s Faceless Company’s Space-To-Create, full (loud) PA, and hopefully it’ll stay dry.

This event has been in-part supported by Wakefield District Council Creative Partners scheme.

There’s a Facebook event here if Facebook is your ‘thing’.

Brass Band Sundays Are Back

brass_band_sundaysFinally we seem to have some warm weather, just in time to herald the return of our popular Brass Band Sundays at Clarence Park Bandstand.

Gratefully funded by Wakefield Council’s Creative Partners Scheme, we’ve got a programme of six brass bands over the rest of the year. From 2pm-4pm on the dates below these are free concerts and you’re welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the music.

The exception is that on Sunday 2nd June it’s 3pm-5pm, as we’re pleased to announce the return of the Teddy Bear’s Picnic. This was a splendid event last year – bring your bear and enjoy a programme of childrens music from Thurcroft Welfare Band.

The bands are:

  • Sunday 28th April: The Phoenix Band
  • Sunday 26th May: Garforth Brass Band
  • Sunday 2nd June: Teddy Bear’s Picnic with Thurcroft Welfare Band
  • Sunday 9th June: Grimethorpe & District Band
  • Sunday 8th September: James Farrell Concert Band
  • Sunday 8th December: Crofton B Band

Hope to see you there!


Wakefield Festival Of Food, Drink & Rhubarb

rhubarb_jam_2013This weekend 22nd-24th is Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink & Rhubarb, and alongside the culinary celebrations we’re staging two free gigs!

On Friday 22nd from 4pm it’s Rhubarb Jam – three brilliant acoustic acts at Esquires Coffee House in Trinity Walk. It’s a child-friendly venue, serves fab coffee, and you can chill out to the sounds of McDylbot, Lucy Perry and William Booth.

Then on Saturday 23rd at The Bull & Fairhouse from 8pm we’ve Rhubarb Rocks! featuring Blaze playing classic rock covers from the past 4 decades. It’s a City-centre pub on a Saturday night so of course it’s an 18+ venue (sorry kids), however the Bull & Fairhouse is a Great Heck Brewery pub and serves some lovely ale hand-crafted by brewery overlord Denzil himself.

Both gigs are free in, and promise to be splendid. Do come!

About The Bandstand

What’s probably not commonly known is that Wakefield Music Collective are currently working with The Friends of CHaT Parks’ and Wakefield Council on a project to refurbish the old Bandstand in Clarence Park, Wakefield. This building has stood in it’s current position for many years prior to it being situated at the top of Lowe Hill within the park, but it is now showing signs of natural wear and tear and in need of a thorough overhaul if it is to carry on being a centrepiece for outdoor events.

We’ve worked tirelessly over the years to bring an array of different bands and solo artist’s to Wakefield; if successful with funding, the aim is to expand the use of the building to other groups such as Amateur Dramatics, Church Choirs and School’s within the Wakefield area or even further afield spreading the uses of the Bandstand to the wider audience and community.

For this project to be a success we have been jointly applying for external funding but this depends on community support. If you feel this is a viable project not only for Wakefield Central but for Wakefield District as a whole we would appreciate words of support. We would also love to hear from yourselves if you would like to use the bandstand for concerts or similar events.

You can find out more about the consultation and respond (including a downloadable questionnaire) by clicking here.