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

· Ali Turner · Music

9 live bands & DJs across 3 waterfront venues – Wharfest is back for 2017.

New to Leeds: Candlebar

Don’t miss the latest festival on the Leeds waterfront as Wharfest brings acoustic sets, live bands & DJs to Granary Wharf on 28th January 2017 – and it’s all free. Find out more...

With two successful events behind it, Wharfest is back for 2017 with a long day of food, drink and live music…

Ossett Brewery launched Wharfest in January 2016 – and one year on, they’re back bigger and better than ever with a day of live entertainment on the waterfront. You can enjoy acoustic acts in Candle Bar, 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 28th January 2017.

Live acoustic sets at Candle Bar

Candle Bar will be home to a quartet of acoustic acts, taking you from 3pm until late. It kicks off with Linzi Brian, a young Wakefield lass with a beautiful voice and a list of modern covers lined up for you. She’ll be followed at 5pm by Mark Stringer, with his own brand of acoustic indie, and Sarah Widdup, with a vast array of acoustic covers, taking you from A Thousand Years to New York. Then it’s time for Why So Serious? One plays the guitar, the other the cajon – it’s a combo you won’t want to miss.

When it comes to drinks, there’s something for everyone at Wharfest. It’s an Ossett Brewery bar, so they’ve got a vast array of ale for you to choose from, but they have an equally impressive selection of craft beer, quality wine and over 20 artisan gins. Add one of their signature stone-baked pizzas for a great night out with your friends.

An all-dayer with live bands at The Hop

Over in The Hop, 4-piece cover band Funk-tion will taking you from the seventies through to today, with a set list that’s full of familiar tunes, before Adverse Camber introduce you over to their alternative sounds. At 7pm, the Amelia Carter Band will step up to the stage for a few hours of raw blues and sultry jazz before Storm take on headline duties with rock covers of Bon Jovi, Snow Patrol, Foo Fighters and more.

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 Andrew 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 9am to 12pm, they’ll be serving up their usual breakfasts, perfect for seeing off those pesky hangovers – add a Bloody Mary and you’ve got hair of the dog covered too. Then at 12pm, it switches to their main menu, which means you can indulge in delicious small plates like ham hock croquettes, whole baked Camembert and spicy BBQ chicken wings.

Things start to hot up at 3pm though, as Archie’s dance floor comes to life with DJ Tav playing a heady mix of chart, pop, soul, funk, Motown, indie & alternative. Get your dancing shoes on.

Wharfest is on Saturday 28th January 2017 at Candlebar, The Hop and Archie’s on Granary Wharf. It’s absolutely free to attend – no tickets necessary, just show up and enjoy.