Ilkley Summer Festival organisers vow to 'go for it'

Councillor Anne Hawkesworth

Councillor Anne Hawkesworth

First published in News

A 200-seat studio theatre will be set up on The Grove this August as Ilkley Summer Festival vows to “go for it” in the wake of Tour de France celebrations.

Organisers of the month-long festival have had to contend with Bradford Council spending cuts and fewer pots of funding for major events in recent years.

There were worries the town could be suffering “festival fatigue” following the Tour de France visit this July.

But organisers have decided against making this year’s festival lower-key.

Festival director, Councillor Anne Hawkesworth, said: “I have been concerned that the public could suffer from festival fatigue due to high profile of Tour de France, but in the end decided to build on success of last year and go for it.”

A new attraction planned for this year is a 200-seater covered studio theatre on The Grove, linked with the bandstand. This will be set up over the four days of the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Morning, matinee and evening events are planned at the temporary venue.

Four-piece York band Pepper Hearts will play 1960s music from The Beatles and other artists on Friday night, August 22.

An evening of folk music and comedy is expected from Houghton Weavers the following day, and The Hurricanes will play a mix of original and classic county, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll on Sunday August 24.

Bank Holiday Monday will be Ilkley Jazz Day. Acts are yet to be announced.

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