With two weeks to go - town is set to celebrate!

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The performances are booked and the countdown has begun to Brighouse’s second Arts Festival.

With two weeks to go before the start of the festival on September 14, tickets are being snapped up for the range of musical, dramatic and literary performances that are coming to town.
 The strong musical offering includes Marc Robinson and the Counterfeit Crickets on September 20 at the Civic Hall.

Festival organiser Tom Ratcliffe said: “Marc and the Crickets have played all over the UK to packed audiences giving their own tribute to the late great Buddy Holly and paying their own homage to rock and roll’s greatest hits. They will present a lively show that is guaranteed to get feet tapping.”

For a double dose of 50s nostalgia, audiences will be able to book a double ticket and sing along to the music of ‘Grease’ with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta at Brighouse Civic Hall on September 19.

For lovers of classical music, this year’s programme is particularly strong. There are performances from homegrown talent in the form of Aidan Edwards and Juliet Montgomery who will present an evening of operatic arias and popular song at the Smith Art Gallery on September 14, an exciting opener for the festival.

The Smith Art Gallery - one of the best performances spaces in Brighouse - will be the venue for a classical guitar recital by Rastrick musician Peter Cain on September 17 and a piano recital by Chris Illingworth on September 19.

Roger Davies makes a welcome return to perform to home crowds. Mr Ratcliffe said: “The bard of Brighouse has a busy performance schedule and festival organisers are please that once again he will perform his own brand of music at St Martin’s Parish Church on September 14.” This year’s festival, which runs until September 21, has also expanded into Rastrick with performances at Rastrick Cricket Club by the Welsh-T band on September 16 and St John’s Church hosting the fun-loving audience participation of the Ossett Ukulele Philharmonia on September 18.

On September 17, Barry Smith will present an interesting evening of open mic performances by folk and acoustic music performers at the Red Rooster pub, Brighouse.

For a full festival programme or to book tickets got to Brighouse Library, Harrison Lord Gallery, Ryecorn Wholefoods and Simply Flowers or phone 01484 718324.