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Don’t miss Bradford’s amazingly vibrant, colourful and multicultural festival featuring some of the very best international, British and local acts set in the stunning surroundings of City Park.

Bradford’s premier festival includes incredibly creative street theatre, breathtakingly beautiful dance and highly talented music acts.

There are also opportunities to have a go and learn new skills at a range of fun workshops.

Sample delicious food and drinks, browse the arts market or take a ride at the fun fair.

Three days of fabulously, flamboyant family fun!

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Bradford Festival headline acts announced

Award-winning British folk band, The Demon Barbers, pioneering Italian fusion band, Sweet Life Society and popular local Americana band, Waiting for Wednesday, will headline over twenty music acts at this year’s Bradford Festival in July. 

Winners of Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Demon Barbers return with a new repertoire, extra band members and a modern twist to their multi-award winning road show.

The Demon Barbers XL will brings some of the UK’s most exciting young clog, sword, hip hop and break dancers onto Bradford Festival’s main stage to create the live folk music and dance spectacular of the year.

The band’s XL show features new material from their latest album, Disco At The Tavern, a collaboration with Grammy and Emmy award winners, Donal Hodgson and Kipper Eldridge, best known for their work with Sting.

Highly innovative Italian producers, Gabriele Concas and Matteo Marini of Sweet Life Society, will perform live accompanied by an eclectic ensemble of contrabass and wind instruments backed by the two exceptional voices of Estel Luz and opera singer, Margherita Settimo.

Concas and Marini combine unique vintage melodies and Caribbean sounds with American hip-hop beats and powerful UK bass in an elegant, refined and surprising mix, where rich brass and guitar blend perfectly with drum machines and samplers.

After their debut album Swing Circus was released by Warner Music, the Turin-based DJ duo formed Sweet Life Society and toured the world playing major festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival. Now signed with independent UK record label, Freshly Squeezed, the seven-piece will perform material from their follow-up album, Antique Beats.

Feisty female duo, Waiting For Wednesday, returns to the Bradford Festival backed by a full band to play their soulful Americana songs with more rock passion and country twang than ever in support of their recent EP, Routes.

The Leeds-based band have played hundreds of gigs in their seven years together sharing stages with a range of acclaimed singer-songwriters including Billie Marten, JP Cooper and the Lost Brothers, as well as supporting folk legends like Fotheringay, We Banjo 3 and Mozaik.

Over 20 music acts covering rock, pop and indie, rock n’ roll, folk, Gypsy, bhangra, country and western,  soul, funk, brass, jazz , Panjabi, Turkish and Latin music will perform at this year’s Bradford Festival.

Bradford’s premiere arts festival features a high quality of street theatre, music and dance, and creative workshops, and is organised by Bradford Council.

The festival opens in Bradford City Park on Friday, 13 July and runs through the weekend. Admission is free.

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