Hedon Festival with music and entertainment for all, is back for its third event this Saturday.
After taking a gap year in 2017, Hedfest18 is promising a stellar line-up of talent, as well as a carnival parafe, children’s activities, comedy, performance poetry and more.
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.
Councillor Steve Gallant 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. Make sure you put July 7, in your diary and get a programme to plan your day.”
An impressive line-up of more than 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, Kings Horses, Sleeperman, 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.
The Chair of the Hedfest18 organising group, David Thompson, himself a poet and performer at the festival, 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.”
One of the key features 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.
The parade will be assembling from 12.30pm in Ivy Lane, Market Place.
Children’s Activities will run from mid-morning to 5pm, and 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.
Hedfest18 takes place on Saturday, July 7, from noon to midnight and is a free event. Programmes costing £2 are available now from outlets across Hedon.