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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.

Wharfest, Craft Asylum

Don’t miss the latest festival on the Leeds waterfront as Wharfest brings acoustic sets, live bands & DJs to Granary Wharf on Saturday 1st February 2020 – and it’s all free. Find out more...

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 ninth 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 1st February 2020.

Live acoustic sets at Craft Asylum #1

Craft Asylum #1 will welcome a quartet of acoustic acts from 3pm until late. It kicks off with Barnsley singer-songwriter Tom Masters who’ll play through his own back-catalogue of indie-folk songs. The Linzi Brian Duo take over from 5pm to run through an eclectic mix of pop and rock covers, before Wakefield-based singer and guitarist Underdrive Johnny serves up classic pop and rock covers from all eras at 7pm. Finally, headliners The Washboard Resonators take to the stage at 9pm to regale you with foot-stomping blues, ragtime and folk tunes.

Craft beer, gin and wine 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 – they are home to Salt’s own creations and others which 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 and a selection of hot drinks.

An all-dayer with live bands at The Hop

Over at The Hop, you can enjoy an afternoon of 1920s and 30s American blues from the boogie-woogie loving Leeds City Stompers at 3pm, before Mossie take to the stage to play their modern indie rock tunes at 5pm. You can roll back the years to the swingin’ 60s when Get Back Beats run through their covers of 60s classics by the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones at 7pm, then the headline set comes from AfterParty, as they play a lively mix of soul, pop and rock covers from 9pm.

The Hop is famed for its ale, so make your way through the full Ossett Brewery range or try one of their guest beers from nine pumps dedicated to local favourites like Ilkley, Thornbridge and Tiny Rebel. Once you’ve got a pint, you can gorge on one of their locally-sourced pies, served with creamy mash and beer-infused mushy peas.

DJs until late at Archie’s


If you want to line your stomach, head to Archie’s. They’ll throw open the doors at 12pm, so get there early for a feast of epic proportions. You can share a few small plates. Charcoal arancini, maybe? Or pulled pork hirata buns? Pair them with loaded burgers, freshly baked pizzas and hot dogs stuffed to bursting with delicious toppings.

During the day, Archie’s is a relaxed place to spend an hour between gigs, 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, funk and indie. Get your dancing shoes on! And if you’re one of the first 100 people to buy a drink in all three venues, you can collect a stamp in each one and grab a free t-shirt.

Wharfest is on Saturday 1st February 2020 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.