Bradford Festival Returns With a Bigger and Better New Look

The Bradford Festival, which forms part of Bradford’s Big Summer, will be returning in July with a very different appearance. The focus is on four very different individual events which offer something for everyone. The Festival will be packed with street parties, world class live music, cutting edge art and even BMX and Skateboarding professionals.

The Festival, which starts on 30th June 2006 and runs until 16th July, is to be kicked off by ‘The Big Gig’, a huge open-air live musical event, which will be spread across the first weekend in July. The Carnival Parade is next, taking a colourful street party through the city centre on Saturday 1st July. The Festival will close with Bradford’s first ever Youth Festival – Bd/Y, which has a range of different activities taking place in the city centre, including extreme sports, urban music, dance and drumming workshops and much much more.

‘The Big Gig’ will be played on a specially constructed outdoor stage in the city’s West End and promises to showcase the finest talent from across Bradford’s live music scene, with more than 30 different acts expected to rock the crowds. Co-promoted with the city’s hippest music venue, the Love Apple, audiences are expected to gather in their thousands to listen to the latest sounds from the district’s most cutting edge acts. The outdoor stage is complemented by two indoor all-night club venues giving clubbers the chance to experience four specially programmed club nights in the Love Apple Café and the Studio on Morley Street. The event, which is sponsored by Bradford Council, Arts Council Yorkshire and Carlsberg, has been created to show off Bradford as a venue for everything and anything musical.

Sheena Wrigley, Head of Theatres, Arts & Festivals comments: “This year’s Bradford Festival has been spread across three weekends to ensure there is something for everyone’s taste this summer. The Big Gig will offer a fine blend of live music for everyone to enjoy. The Carnival Parade will create a vibrant atmosphere in the city centre with a colourful train of costumes and the Bradford Youth Festival will be something different again with urban music, extreme sports, drumming workshops, fashions shows, film making, give-a-ways and several chill-out areas.”

The Lord Mayor’s Carnival Parade, an annual fun-packed street party, will pass through the streets of Bradford’s city centre on Saturday July 1st. The parade will be using the theme ‘Threads of Life’ and will be brimming with colourful street entertainers, costumes and bands from across the globe, helping to create a true party atmosphere. The festivities will begin at noon when it will leave Crown Court Plaza and make its way through the streets to Centenary Square. It will then cross a stage in front of City Hall, allowing all the groups to show off their costumes with commentary telling the party goers unique stories behind the outfits. Entertainment continues through the city streets until 4.00pm

Bradford Festival will culminate with the city’s first ever specially created youth event. Bd/Y – The Youth Festival promises to be a fun-packed weekend of activities for younger people and the young at heart who will all be able to get involved, chill and generally have some fun in the sun. There will be extreme sport dare devils showing off their BMX and skateboarding talents. Budding drummers and DJs and will be put through their paces on the decks, and members of the public will be able to learn how to move on an urban dance floor during the various break dancing sessions. On a more serious note, the historic Council Chamber will be opened for a special competitive debating session, there will be a chance to learn, a youth market place, as well as refreshment stalls and exhibition stands.

Bradford’s Big Summer is a plethora of fantastic fun-packed events, which will be crammed into a busy summer entertainment schedule for the city. For four months, between June and September, there will be an event almost every week. Together the events will offer a variety of choice from outstanding classical concerts through to Europe’s biggest market festival, which will be returning to Bradford for the first time since August 2004. For more information on Big Summer events contact 01274 432443 or visit

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