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Wharfest Returns This January with a Fantastic Day of Live Music on the Waterfront

· Ali Turner · Music

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


Don’t miss the latest festival on the Leeds waterfront as Wharfest brings acoustic sets, live bands & DJs to Granary Wharf on Saturday 27th January 2018 – and it’s all free. Find out more...

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

Ossett Brewery launched Wharfest in January 2016 – and now they’re back, bigger and better than ever with their fifth festival of live entertainment on the waterfront. You can enjoy acoustic acts in Candlebar, live bands in The Hop and DJs ’til late at Archie’s – all for free. So what are you waiting for? Round up your mates and make a day of it from 3pm on Saturday 27th January 2018.

Live acoustic sets at Candlebar

Candlebar will be home to a quartet of acoustic acts, taking you from 3pm until late. It kicks off with Laura Erby and her soulful pop covers – expect hits from Whitney Houston, Beyonce and Phil Collins, all reworked in her unique own way. She’ll be followed by Leeds lad Joe Kemp and his folky blue-eyed soul covers at 5pm, before Tom Bedlam puts a folk twist on everything from traditional tunes to modern pop at 7pm. Finally, headliners D.U.O will take to the stage to end the night with bang.

When it comes to drinks, there’s something for everyone at Candlebar. It’s an Ossett Brewery bar, so they’ve got a vast array of ale for you to choose from, but you can also enjoy craft beer, premium wines and over 20 artisan gins. Hungry? Edo Sushi has taken over the kitchen with a menu of authentic Japanese cuisine that will take you from seared Hokkaido scallop to pork gyozas and beef teriyaki.

An all-dayer with live bands at The Hop

Over in The Hop, you can enjoy an afternoon of 90s Britpop and 00s indie courtesy of SuperSonnets at 3pm, before The Dandy Lions give your favourite pop hits an acoustic twist at 5pm. Next up are Barr Lane, they’re coming on at 7pm with the best dance floor covers, from Foo Fighters to Stevie Wonder. And headliners TC’s Funky Nuts will come on at 9pm with their foot-stomping funky jazz, played live.

The Hop is famed for its ale, so make your way through the full Ossett Brewery range at Wharfest or try something a little bit different, 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


Over at Archie’s, they’re offering something entirely different. From 9am to 12pm, you can head by for their usual weekend breakfasts – get set for the day with buttermilk pancakes, baked eggs or their famous all day fry. Then at 12pm, it switches to their main menu, which means you can indulge in burgers, pizzas and sharing boards.

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 DJ Russ Ewans playing a heady mix of soul, Motown, chart, current, indie and alternative. Get your dancing shoes on.

Wharfest is on Saturday 27th January 2018 at Candlebar, The Hop and Archie’s on Granary Wharf. It’s absolutely free to attend – no tickets necessary, just show up and enjoy.