Clarence Park Festival, Introduction

Clarence Park Festival is presented by The Wakefield Music Collective which is a not for profit organisation run by music loving volunteers.  Formed in 1991 the aim was to promote live, local music as well as providing help, advice and information for both established and new bands looking for a break, whether on a local level or nationally.  At 11am on the 10th of August 1991 The Muldoons took to the stage to kick off Clarence Rocks Off.  As with all good festivals the rain fell but 3,000 live music lovers turned up to watch the event.  Other performances on that day were supplied by local outfits Brick Supply, Moonpump, Fear of Jazz and Ada Wilson, and from out of town the Jed Thomas Blues band, Piccolo Chickens and 100 Men.

Clarence Park Festival is now the longest running free music Festival in Yorkshire , possibly in the Country. This institution is celebrating it’s 31st year this year and has played host to bands from all over the country and further afield.  The music has always been diverse and interesting covering all genres from folk to jazz, rock and punk and many more. Past festivals have had DJ sets, another year had a poetry corner.      

Reaching audiences of between 4,000 – 6, 000 over the weekend, there are food tents, craft stalls and a beer tent. The park is a beautiful natural arena where people can relax and enjoy a beer and a picnic on the grass.

We hope visitors to Wakefield will join us for this very special Festival.  See you there.

Applications To Play At Clarence 2021

Applications are now open to play at Clarence Park Festival 2021  

This year the festival will take place on the weekend of 24th, 25th July at Clarence Park, Bandstand, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield.  

We encourage all kinds of original popular musical genres we really like a bit of diversity.

We have two stages, the bandstand stage and a second stage for acoustic and smaller acts.

To apply simply complete the questionaire (Link below click the little orange button thing) and download the word doc form which includes all the info we need to consider your application. 

GOOD LUCK.

Sponsorship Documents

Clarence Park Festival is a free festival so we rely on our sponsors and partners to help us to present what is still an expensive undertaking.  

We have a sliding scale of charges from £250 to £1500 which are detailed in our sponsorship pack but of course we can be flexible. If you prefer, you can advertise in the festival programme, these charges start from £55 for a small advert.

Please contact us or click the link button below for a sponsorship pack to find out more. is now a bigger affair attracting enquiries from local, regional, national bands and solo artistes. The event is free and open to all ages, with the audience of around 4000-5000 depending on the weather. We comply with WMDC Parks Department strict health and safety and risk assessment requirements including obtaining public liability insurance and security patrols to ensure the event is run in a safe and secure manner.

If you feel you can support this community event by sponsoring us then we can offer a promotional package to suit your needs including on-stage and off-stage banners,

Bar Concession Tender Application

Every festival needs a bar and this is the place to register your interest in becoming our bar provider for the 2 days of Clarence 2021.

We encourage applications for the site bar partner which gives the licensee exclusive right to sell alcohol on the event site during the Festival, and space for the 'beer 'tent' which also includes the second performance area and may include other event facilities in-kind.

The procurement process is a one-stage tender and applicants will be required to apply for the ground licence. The successful applicant will be required to act as Designated Premises Supervisor for the venue’s Premises Licence and may have to obtain other licences, permissions or consents in order to comply with its expectations. Only the bar partner is permitted to sell alcohol on-site.

Download the Bar & Alcohol Tender Application Document via the orage button below.

Food & Craft Vendors  Tender Application

At Clarence we like to present a wide range of quality catering.  To join us at Clarence 2021 please click on the orange button below to download all the information for our requirements and how to tender for a pitch at Clarence 2021.

Clarence Park Festival receives thousands of visitors on the Festival site in Wakefield. There are a number of pitches available for vendors, food and drinks concessions, craft stalls, fundraisers, etc. and we invite tenders from all trades. Dependent on weather, there may be over 7,500 attendees over the course of the weekend. Stalls and pitches are spread up either side of the stages on either side of the auditorium.

Tender offers are invited for the provision of refreshments, which are evaluated during April and successful bidders contacted.