North Parade Street Festival Announces Live Music Lineup & Special Guest, Billy Bantam

The event on Sunday 29 August will include live music from acoustic duo Felka, The Urban Cellist and many more, alongside open-air food and drink, market stalls and family-focused activity including fairground rides, stilt walkers and a very special visit from Billy Bantam.

THE ever-popular North Parade Street Festival is to return this bank holiday weekend, Sunday August 29, thanks to Bradford BID. The live music line-up has now been announced, curated by Bradford Buskival, whose event earlier this summer was a great success at locations across the city. In addition to this, Bradford City Football Club have announced that Billy Bantam will make a very special visit from 1pm, offering photographs and meet-and-greets for families and children.

WHERE: North Parade, Bradford

DATE: Sunday 29 August

TIME: 11am – 7pm with entertainment indoors till late

LIVE MUSIC LINE-UP:

  • Felka – an acoustic duo whose original set blends folk and pop sounds.
  • TheUrbanCellist – back by popular demand since success at Buskival earlier this Summer, mixing beatboxing, singing and playing the cello.
  • Ben Jordan Music with Megan Swanepoel – Ben is a singer/ songwriter from Cullingworth and will be accompanied by singer, Megan.
  • 90s – with a family-friendly hip-hop set.
  • Rebecca Barron – a solo guitar player and singer from Bradford.
  • Gerrard Bell-Fife – a self-styled ‘sort-of-folky’ musician from Nottingham.
  • There’s also live music inside the bars till late including DJ AJ and Tom Thorpe at Peacocks, Tom O’Neil and DJ Ryan Sargent at Crafted, and Ben from The North Will Rise Again with a DJ set at Boar & Fable.

ON-STREET-ENTERTAINMENT:

Billy Bantam – making a very special appearance from 1pm onward

Fairy Stilt Walkers and The Mirror Men – bringing the street to life throughout the day courtesy of Nvrlnd UK 

Fairground rides – offering FREE rides for children from 11am – 7pm

FOOD & DRINK OFFER:

  • Rumshackalack – with their signature Caribbean cocktails and open-air bbq selling jerk chicken and other favourites.
  • Bread + Roses – offering the best in locally sourced coffee, home-made cakes and delicious vegetarian food.
  • The Peacock Bar – serving up a chilled Ibiza set indoors and awesome Indian-street food outdoors.
  • Crafted – it’s their one-year anniversary on North Parade and they’ll celebrate with their usual mouth-watering menu.
  • Boar & Fable – the continental bier cafe has an envious selection of beers on offer for those with a thirst.
  • The Sparrow – offering real ales and craft beers in the bar that kick-started the North Parade scene.
  • The Record Cafe – bringing together the best local and world beers with new vinyl releases, Spanish charcuterie and cheese.
  • Andies African Kitchen – soon to move to North Parade from the Oastler Centre, serving favourites like jollof rice, chargrilled chicken wings and South African dumplings.

THE MAKERS MARKET:

Ravishing Rejects – run by Jayne, a designer based in Saltaire, selling handmade, alternative headware alongside quirky wire-and-bead decor and sun-catchers.

Blooming Fern – selling handmade floral arrangements, seasonal wreaths and decor all lovingly made by local creator, Sandra.

Handmand Leather Journal Boutique – with a beautiful selection of leather bound journals and sketchbooks, handmade with love and care, using recycled and environmentally sustainable materials.

“We’ve had huge support from local businesses who can’t wait to welcome people back to this ever-popular festival,” said Jonny Noble, manager of the BID, the limited company funded by levy-payers to help promote and develop the city centre.

“We carried out a survey along North Parade and more than 75 percent of those who responded were fully behind getting the event back on the calendar this year. The Festival has been growing in popularity every year since it was launched and it was a huge shame that the businesses weren’t able to stage it last year, especially after 2019 when the weather let us down.

“Now we have a chance to get the momentum going again and bring people back to see just how much the ‘Top of Town’ area has to offer.”

North Parade itself will be closed to traffic from 6am to 10pm on Sunday, August 29, with the event taking place between 11am and 7pm.

“We want it to be a really family-oriented day so we’re organising fairground rides for children and street animation as well as the usual food and drink offer,” said Mr Noble.

Finally, while restrictions have been eased, please remember to follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines in order to enjoy these events in a safe and responsible manner.

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