Great non-stop music at Heckmondwike festival

Crown of Lights music festival. d23071180'Joby Hardwick performs.
Crown of Lights music festival. d23071180'Joby Hardwick performs.

Heckmondwike rocked and jived for more than nine hours on Saturday as Green Park attracted the biggest crowd yet to the ninth Crown of Lights Free Music Festival.

This year, for the first time, there were two stages so the organisers could fit in all 19 bands and acoustic acts.

Festival director and MC Donal O’Driscoll said: “It was literally non-stop music and everyone seemed to love how we were just switching stages as soon as an act had finished.

“It was exhausting for us but you could tell the crowd was loving it.”

The event attracted many local families as the organisers made every effort to make the festivals child friendly.

Co-organiser Peter Earnshaw said: “We noticed a lot more families were staying for much longer this year.

“It always enhances the atmosphere when everyone can see how much the kids are enjoying themselves.”

The festival kicked off at noon and ran until the evening with home-grown bands joined by others from all over Yorkshire who were attracted to the town because of the festival’s growing reputation.

Funding cuts mean there will now be only one festival a year. However Donal praised Kirklees for the support it had given.

“If it wasn’t for the financial support provided by Kirklees Council we wouldn’t be able to put on any festival in Heckmondwike,” he said.

“I’m very grateful to them for the funding we’ve been assured for the next two years but we’d also love to have a sponsorship deal so everything isn’t done on a shoestring.”

A new season of music starts on October 7 at the Comrades Club, Regent Street, the home of Crown of Lights.

Visit www.crownoflights.org.uk or text 07533 466129.