Not long to go now folks, and the list of bands is now here. There are some amazing acts that are going to sound fantastic up on Clarence Park hill, so fetch your picnic blankets and rock up to enjoy Yorkshire’s longest running free music festival. Can’t wait to see you there!
Thank you for all your applications to play our main event this summer. We’re off to stock up on coffee, and get down to listening to all your submissions. If you’ve been successful we’ll be in touch with you as soon as we possibly can, if you haven’t (because of the large amount of applications) we won’t be, sorry.
Once again, thank you all for your registering an interest in playing this year, we’ll get through all your applications as soon as we can, and let the successful applicants now as soon as we can. x
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.
Thursday 7th November
7pm - Warehouse 23
AUCTION FOR THE PROMISE CLUB
Tickets £15 advance, £17 on the door.
Friday 8th November
7pm - Fernandes Brewery Tap, off Kirkgate.
SHAWN JONES – American Country Blues guitarist
Saturday 9th November
2pm to 7pm - The Orangery, Back Lane, Wakefield
THOMAS WILBY GANG
RYAN MITCHELL SMITH
RYAN & JIM
8pm - The Graziers, George Street, Wakefield
Sunday 10th November
2pm to 4pm – Trad Music, Lower Kirkgate
CHRIS HANKS (guitar demo)
4pm to 9.30pm – The Bull and Fairhouse, George Street
OLD CITY BLUES BAND
BOOM ROOM BLUES BAND
(raffle and food)
You’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
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
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
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
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’.
Finally 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!