Music lovers are in for a treat with the incredibly extensive and varied line up of music at this year’s Bradford Festival, which takes place at City Park from 12 – 14 July.

More than 21 bands covering Blues and Rock, Reggae, Ska, Folk, Jazz, Electronic, Soul and Funk, Bhangra, Central African, Afro-Latin, and Mexican Mariachi music are expected to perform live this July, which also includes The Harvey Sahota Band, winners of UK Bhangra Awards, innovative six-piece British Asian-fusion band from East London.

Inspired by the 80’s group Sahotas, The Harvey Sahota Band, will perform a unique fusion of Bhangra, reggae, urban, pop and dance at Bradford’s annual festival.

Also performing will be two-times winner of Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, British-Asian clarinettist, composer and bandleader, Arun Ghosh will fluidly incorporate jazz, rave rock, folk and South-Asian influences.

Other acts will include the lively British Folk duo, Noble Jacks, Bradford’s very own, multi award-winning singer-songwriter and powerhouse of blues and rock, Chantel McGregor, London-based eight-piece, Zong Zing All Stars, Maroon Town, Happy Daggers, Camo Clave all female London-based band, Mariachi Las Adelitas and many others. 

Another highlight will be seeing some of Bradford’s most talented children take to the stage on the opening day in the Bradford Festival Schools’ Day featuring music, dance and celebration. Local school children will take part in a mass dance and a mass sing, and in workshops and taster sessions organised by the Bradford Local Cultural Education Partnership.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Healthy People and Places Portfolio Holder, said: “We’re thrilled to confirm this incredibly rich and varied music programme which covers a remarkable range of different styles and genres.

“There should be something for everyone here and is a great opportunity for people interested in sampling music from across the globe.

“Admission to the festival is free and everyone is welcome.”

The Bradford Festival takes places in City Park from 12-14 July.

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