A Huddersfield music venue is staging several gigs and a festival this summer where it will cost just a fiver to get in.

The shows have been organised by Marsden Mechanics and supported by Arts Council England which is why the price is so low.

 Consisting of five live music events, the programme supports 83 artists performing across several unrepresented genres in the area and intends to draw in crowds from across the whole of Yorkshire.

Every night will be radically different as the genres include jazz, blues and traditional Irish through to immersive soundscapes, reggae and dub.

Marsden Mechanics’ development manager Jonny Kelly said: “The core aim behind the new initiative is that everybody should have the opportunity to access high-calibre cultural and artistic events and experiences, no matter their location or financial status.

“As part of that commitment tickets will be limited to £5 in a bid remove financial barriers that hinder access to culture and entertainment.”



Four performances still to run under the scheme are:

Onwards Festival, Saturday, July 20: It’s known as ‘the roaming musical spectacular’ and this one-day festival takes place at venues throughout the Colne Valley. This year sees Marsden Mechanics play host to the festival’s finale with performances from Axis Valv-a-Tron – the original Reggae Revival Sound System – and King Zepha, the composer and producer known for thumping double bass, global rhythms, and dub delays.

Irish Arts Foundation presents… Yorkshire v Lancashire, Friday, August 16: A night of traditional Irish music as Yorkshire’s finest musicians go toe-to-toe with Lancashire’s top talents. The rich tapestry of Irish folk music gives way to the subtle nuances of northern English heritage, crafting a truly unique evening of musical brilliance.

The Pat Fulgoni Blues Experience, Friday, September 6: Acclaimed vocalist Pat Fulgoni fronts a soulful 5-piece Blues ensemble in an evening of iconic covers and powerful originals. Described as “the real deal”, Pat’s voice doesn’t just lend itself well to the blues and he has a CV that includes the likes of Camo & Krooked, Coldcut, and Technimatic, to name a few.

Sonic Threads, Sunday, September 15: A daring and innovative duo, Sonic Threads transcends cultural and genre boundaries as Lucy Nolan and Supriya Nagarajan seamlessly merge eastern and western influences in their performances. The duo is heavily influenced by the spiritual movement started by Alice Coltrane and both Supriya and Lucy capture that meditative quality in their renditions.

Marsden Mechanics has several other events also scheduled during the coming months and some of them are also just £5. To see the full line-up go to https://www.marsdenmechanics.co.uk/events/


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Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR (https://ah-pr.com/) specialising in press releases, blogging, website content and copywriting. 

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