Six vibrant new acts have been added to the bill for June’s Bradford Festival, adding to the already colourful and multi-cultural line-up of international, British and local artists.
The three-day programme, running from June 13 to 15, will now include performances from ska and reggae band The Dualers, street theatre company Pif-Paf and dance charity Akademi.
Festival-goers will also enjoy the talents of street performance group Nutkhut, Mexican band Mariachi Jalisco and eclectic Bradford band the Peace Artistes.
The Dualers, from South London, will play their British-Caribbean fusion of ska and reggae classics on Saturday, June 14, featuring hits such as ‘Kiss On The Lips’ and ‘Truly Madly Deeply’.
The band has built up a cult following in the UK, and supported UB40, Madness, Jimmy Cliff and Toots and The Maytals.
Critically acclaimed genre-bending British theatre company Pif-Paf, will perform ‘Something to Hold’ on Sunday, June 15, a fast-paced street theatre piece ‘spun’ on a special aerial sculpture that transforms the mechanical world of action, metal and rope.
Akademi, the UK’s leading dance charity, will perform ‘Sufi:Zen’ on the Sunday, described as “an intimate dance theatre experience uniting the stillness of Zen meditation with the rapturous motion of Sufi dervishes.”
Audiences will be entertained by three Nutkhut stilt-walking acts, again on the Sunday of the festival, with beautiful and mischievous Princesses draped in stunning jewels and silks, alongside authentic Indian princes of posing, Maharajahs – both set to charm crowds with their cool and cheeky antics. Larger-than-life Asian superstars The DJ’s, with their built-in banging bhangra beats, will also stride through the festival.
Also on the Sunday, the UK’s premier Mexican band, Mariachi Jalisco, will play their vast repertoire of uplifting, authentic Mexican music using guitars, a guitarron, violins, trumpet, vihuela and accordion.
Local band The Peace Artistes will entertain audiences with their fusion of jazz, reggae, cabaret and pop with influences from South Africa, Central, South America, Central and Eastern Europe on Friday, June 13.