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Wharfest Returns This February With a Fantastic Day of Live Music on the Waterfront

· Joseph Sheerin · Music

4 live bands, 4 acoustic acts & 1 DJ across 3 waterfront venues – Wharfest is back.

Craft Asylum #1

Don’t miss the latest festival on the Leeds waterfront as Wharfest brings acoustic sets, live bands & DJs to Granary Wharf on Saturday 2nd February 2019 – and it’s all free. Find out more...

With six successful events behind them, Wharfest is back this February with a day of food, drink and live music…

Wharfest returns this February, bigger and better than ever with their seventh festival of live entertainment on the waterfront. You can enjoy acoustic acts in Craft Asylum #1, live bands in The Hop and DJs ’til late at Archies – all for free. So what are you waiting for? Round up your mates and make a day of it from 3pm on Saturday 2nd February 2019.

Live acoustic sets at Craft Asylum #1

Craft Asylum #1 will be home to a quartet of acoustic acts, from 3pm until late. It kicks off with Underdrive Johnny, a Wakefield-based singer and guitarist who covers classic pop and rock songs from all eras. Sarah Widdup will perform contemporary acoustic covers and golden oldies at 5pm, before Tom Bedlam puts a folk twist on everything from traditional tunes to modern pop at 7pm. Finally, headliners Mark Stringer Duo take to the stage at 9pm to regale you with indie anthems.

Craft beer is the order of the day at Craft Asylum #1. It’s a Salt Beer Factory bar and you have 14 keg taps to choose from – seven of them are home to Salt’s own creations and the other seven rotate on a weekly basis with tipples from some of the UK’s best breweries. There are cask taps, cans and bottles too, as well as over 50 artisan craft gins.

An all-dayer with live bands at The Hop

Over at The Hop, you can enjoy an afternoon of 90s Britpop and 00s indie courtesy of SuperSonnets at 3pm, before The Dandy Lions play their unique versions of popular rock hits at 5pm and TC’s Funky Nuts will show off their foot-stomping funky jazz at 7pm. The headline set comes from Versonic, a West Yorkshire indie rock and roll group who will play anthems from loads of classic artists, like The Beatles, Blur and The Killers from 9pm.

The Hop is famed for its ale, so make your way through the full Ossett Brewery range at Wharfest or try one of their guest beers, after lining your stomach with one of their award-winning Jones’ Pies, served with creamy mash and beer-infused mushy peas.

DJs until late at Archie’s


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Over at Archie’s, they’re offering something entirely different. From 10am to 2pm, you can stop by for their usual weekend breakfasts – get set for the day with Arnie’s Omelette, Eggs Florentine Royal or their famous All-day Fry Up. Then at 12pm, it switches to their main menu, which means you can indulge in burgers, pizzas and hot dogs.

Archie’s is a relaxed place to spend an hour between gigs during the day, but in the evening, this is where the party’s at. Things start to hot up at 9pm, as the dance floor comes to life with DJs playing a heady mix of soul, Motown, chart, indie and alternative. Get your dancing shoes on.

Wharfest is on Saturday 2nd February 2019 at Craft Asylum #1, The Hop and Archie’s on Granary Wharf. It’s absolutely free to attend – no tickets necessary, just show up and enjoy.