Huddersfield will host a major music event in early May.

The Love Music Hate Racism event on Friday, May 5 will be held at Smile Bar and Venue on Wakefield Road in Aspley and feature a diverse range of music from ska to blues, grime to soul and dance music to rock.

The Huddersfield gig is part of a UK tour called the Crisis Music Tour backed by the Musicians Union and the Music Venue Trust.

Star of the show is set to be 11-year-old disabled youngster Lennie Street, a keyboard player from Morley who loves soul, Motown, blues and jazz. 

He is predominantly self-taught and plays in his own distinct style due to his cerebral palsy and this is his first ever gig. Lennie has raised over £25,000 for various charities including his own school just by playing and sharing his tunes.

The line-up also includes Mark EG, DJ Poco (Uptown Funk), Pat Fulgoni Blues Experience, 2 HOT (the Specials Tribute band), Don Gonzo, DJ City Skank, Boxteles, Tonia Victoria, Adenico, Ducklin Curls, Nadia Amini, Tray Tronic, Lennie & His Band.

The compere will be Blazin Fyah and there will be Live graffart from Oliver Lancaster (Fresh Kids Club).

Tickets are just £6 and the event runs from 7pm until 2am.

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Here’s more about each act.

MARK EG: This DJ has been a main player on the electronic scene in the UK music industry for 30 years. His unique and anarchic approach has won Mark many awards and he can play just what any party needs from chill out to techno, dark to minimal, acid to hard trance, rawstyle to hardcore.

DJ POCO (Uptown Funk): Uptown Funk is Huddersfield DJ/producer Antonio Alexis AKA Poco with a passion for the funky dance nu-disco music scene. He has a residency at Small Seeds nightclub in Huddersfield town centre. 

PAT FULGONI BLUES EXPERIENCE: Huddersfield’s Pat Fulgoni fronts this top notch 5-piece blues band already with European blues festival dates under their belts and equally at home in UK clubs, venues and festivals. Pat has sung across many styles including Huddersfield’s Kava Kava and major dance floor collaborations with the likes of festival headlining acts Camo & Krooked, Zion Train, Technimatic, London Elektricity and Murdock.

2 HOT (the Specials Tribute band): A new act from West Yorkshire playing ska, 2tone, rocksteady and reggae.

DON GONZO: Fusing the raw energy of post-punk with the eerie weirdness of 60s psychedelia.

DJ CITY SKANK (POWAH): At the heart of musical subculture vibes in Huddersfield since his early teens.

ADENICO: His sound is characterised by a fusion of soul and indie rock which creates a genre-bending journey through intoxicating rhythms and melodic expression.

BOXTELES: Mixing northern indie charm with a little bit of 60s-style pop magic thrown in for good measure.

TONIA VICTORIA: Vocalist and producer Tonia is well known for her blend of soulful vocals and honest, gritty lyrics.

DUCKLIN CURLS: Punkrapper known for his aggressive and emotionally potent music inspired by everything from mental to political turmoil. 

NADIA AMINI: New Huddersfield based artist singing acoustic soul with guitarist Rob Mear.

TRAY TRONIC: Tray plays guitar and sings mostly pop covers with her own twist.

For the latest information the Facebook event page is

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