Arts festival fever mounts as the tickets go on sale . . .

Musician Peter Cain (for Brighouse Arts Festival)
Musician Peter Cain (for Brighouse Arts Festival)

Tickets will go onsale for Brighouse’s second arts festival on Saturday, June 1.

Highlights of this year’s festival, which runs from September 14 to 21, include rhythm and blues from Welsh T-Band, supported by Dan Burnett and Lucy Zirus, and Ossett Ukulele Philharm onia.

There is strong emphasis on the written and spoken word this year with a presentation by the Elmet Trust on the poetry of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath and David Lindsay and Jim Saville performing as ‘Talking Zebras’ at the ROKT climbing centre - an unusual venue for a look at poetry and prose.

Festival organiser Tom Ratcliffe said: “We hope the programme has a wide appeal and that families, friends, young and old, will find something to enjoy.

“We hope we will see large numbers of Brighouse people enjoying a lively end to the summer.”

Other highlights will include concerts by Marc Robinson and the Counterfeit Crickets and local performers Rachel Crisp, Peter Cain (above left), Roger Davies, and Aidan Edwards and Juliet Montgomery (above right).

Mr Ratcliffe said that support for the festival was coming from the Friends of the Rydings, Brighouse Business Iniative and many local businesses and sponsors.

Volunteers are also needed to help the festival go smoothly. Mr Ratcliffe said: “There are many ways to get involved - either as a company sponsoring an event, an individual who can help out through volunteering or a performer who wants to arrange a fringe event.”

Anyone interested in volunteering or finding out more is welcome to attend the annual meeting of the Friends of the Rydings at the Smith art Gallery on June 3 at 4pm or contact 01484 718324.