Festival fun for Heckmondwike

Hundreds of music fans are expected to descend on Green Park in Heckmondwike tomorrow for the 11th Crown Of Lights music festival.

The festival features live performances by 18 bands from across West Yorkshire.

Acts include last year’s popular headliners Dewsbury’s Eric the Viaduct, Heckmondwike acts String Villains, Gods of Fortune and Julian Socha, Batley singer Jade Helliwell, Dewsbury band Fat Henry and Leeds acts Rum Doodle, Lo-Fi 3 and the Blind Dead McJones Band.

Crafty Devilz circus skills workshop will also be providing free entertainment for children, noon-4pm.

Organiser Donal O’Driscoll said core funding had again been provided by Kirklees Council.

He said: “The festival simply could not happen without the help from Kirklees.

“They have turned into long-term supporters of the festival and know how important it is for the town and local families.

“Last year we were delighted to discover that a lot of family visits from further afield are planned around the festival on Saturday.

“It’s nice to know how delighted they are seeing their old town hosting this 10 hour music festival and the magical atmosphere it creates.

“This year we’ve commissioned special wristbands to commemorate our 2013 festival.

“To help pay for the festival we’re hoping you’ll proudly wear a wristband to display your support.

“We’re asking for a minimum donation of £2.

“We’ve also got some fantastic I Love Heckyfest stickers that were really popular last year and come in three varieties, bronze silver and gold.

“We are asking for a minimum donation of 50p each but £1 would be great!

“Once you’ve got your bronze you can get your silver and then go for gold!”

A full programme is available online to download from http://goo.gl/tSsW3.

Mr O’Driscoll said donations of £1 per download would be welcome on the day, and stewards would be carrying collection tins.

The free festival starts at noon and live acts will be playing at the Swan Pub, Liversedge, from 10pm when the outdoor event winds up.