Deighton Carnival is set to be fantastic musical celebration with a host of great acts lined up.

The free carnival will be held at the Deighton Centre on Saturday, June 24 from 12 noon to 7pm.

The theme is Kirklees Year of Music 2023 so organisers are setting up an arena to celebrate the town’s sound system culture over the last 50 years as one of the star attractions.

Its roots go back to the Silver Sands club on Venn Street in the 1970s and over the years the sound has transformed itself from vinyl to CDs and now to laptops and, in the past, Huddersfield was a sound culture centre with people travelling from as far away as London and Birmingham.

The carnival procession featuring floats and costumes will leave the Deighton Centre around 1pm and the route takes in Ashbrow ward before returning to the centre at 2pm.

Howard Belafonte, who has organised Deighton Carnival since it was set up in 2002, said: “After the overwhelming success of the 2022 carnival which attracted well over 10,000 people we’ve planned another fun-packed family day.

“We push young local talent whenever we can to give them every opportunity to perform in front of a crowd. It’s great their families and friends can come to watch them and it’s a wonderful experience for them.”

The carnival will feature Grammy-nominated reggae star Tippa Irie, the London-based Heartless Crew of DJs and dancehall reggae star Kahpun who has a massive following throughout the UK, the Caribbean and Ghana.

Other acts include Trible Shoots, a three-piece Huddersfield band that fuses reggae and ska with African rhythm, funk, house and soul, along with female vocalist Serenity.

Another entertainer will be Eazzy P, a Huddersfield-based African performer and producer whose genre covers hip hop and Afro beats.

Dance crews performing on the day include Dance Emporium/Dolly Mixture and Pure Elegance. Both are Huddersfield based yet perform across the UK. Conscious Youth’s street dance group has already gained national recognition for their innovation and will be performing for the first time at the carnival.

Others are two troupes from street dance school Fidget Feet called Skittle Squad and Gravity Girls. Reach Performing Academy will also be dancing.

Comperes will be Allan Brando and DJ Sway, also known as Swaytel (above), and the stage show will be opened in spectacular style by White Rose Gymnastics School based in Northfield Hall in Brackenhall.

The day also includes sports such as a five-a-side tournament, basketball, netball and table tennis.

Tucker’s fun fair will also be on the carnival site.

  • Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR ( specialising in press releases, blogging, website content and copywriting.