Huddlefest announces its first acts

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:18:00 BST

Huddlefest is gearing up for its debut year by announcing its first wave of acts.

The daylong festival – organised by the University’s Enterprise Support students Daniel Atkins and Denzel Roach - aims to draw a crowd of 10,000 fans and will take over Greenhead Park on Saturday 20th September, promising a host of musical and cultural entertainment to appeal to all tastes.

Aiming to bring together fans across the community, festival organiser Daniel said the line up so far is only the start of the exciting bill he has in mind for the festival.

‘Huddersfield is diverse and we’ve seen the music heritage it once had so we knew our line up needed to reflect that. There are two main reasons we’ve booked these specific acts - they have an array of hits and, after seeing them live, we know they put on a great show!’

With one ear keenly on nostalgia and the other on appealing to ever-popular musical styles, festival organisers have catered to Reggae and Indie fans alike with a hint of 90s magic: Aswad and Inspiral Carpets are both on the first line up announcement.

After fifteen albums and three decades on the music scene, Aswad are known all over the world for their rich melodies and compelling harmonies, whilst Inspiral Carpets remain an instrumental part of the Madchester sound, with their set at Huddlefest marking the release of their first album in 20 years.

The first line up announcement also boasts YouTube sensation Fuse ODG, whose Afrobeat tracks Azonto and Antenna – a collaboration with hip-hop legend Wyclef Jean – both went to number 1 in the iTunes World Chart as independently-released singles and have been playlisted across the board on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Capital and Kiss.

In a similar vein is Utah Saints, fondly remembered for their 90’s hit and 00’s remake Something Good, who have been DJing and playing gigs around the globe since the birth of house music. In that time the world renowned duo have released 9 Top 40 UK hits, 4 of which hit the Top 10 and have sold over 2 million records worldwide.

DJ Q will join Utah Saints on the Dance Stage. Q Joined 1xtra in 2004 as a DJ to host the UKG Mixshow and Radio One has embraced DJ Q with many guest slots such as ‘the Essential mix’, Trevor Nelson’s Saturday show, a mini mix for Annie Mac and Rob Da Bank.

Other confirmed local acts include Colt 45, Mad Jack & The Hatters, Jah Maica, Allusondrugs, Barcode Zebra, Bang Bang Romeo and Dirty Green Vinyl. They will join the eventual winners of the ‘Road To Huddlefest competition’, a battle of the bands event that has been running in the town over the past couple of months.

The next announcement can be expected later this month and will include more headline acts, which fellow organiser Denzel Roach believes will entice an even wider group of fans.

‘It’s massively important to us that whether it’s a group of friends coming to the festival, or a family with children, everyone leaves Greenhead Park after the event feeling euphoric with a smile on their face. We’ve already signed more big names and we’re finalising a few things with their management teams so we’re feeling pretty excited by it all.’

Tickets are priced at £35 for adults, £30 for students, £15 for under 16 (under 12 are free) or £70 for a family of 4 (with children under 16 – 2 x Adults 2 x Under 16) and can be purchased online through www.eventim.co.uk - For more information, visit www.huddlefest.co.uk  or contact the festival team at info@huddlefest.co.uk.

Huddlefest organisers Daniel are Denzel are supported by the University’s Enterprise Team, which offers business start-up advice and support to current students and graduates of up to 5 years. Find out how we can help you develop your ideas at www.hud.ac.uk/enterprise

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