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Wharfest Returns This September 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 this September.


Don’t miss the latest festival on the Leeds waterfront as Wharfest brings acoustic sets, live bands & DJs to Granary Wharf on 30th September 2017 – and it’s all free. Find out more...

With three successful events behind them, Wharfest is back this September 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 fourth festival of live entertainment on the waterfront. You can enjoy acoustic acts in Candlebar, 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 30th September 2017.

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 Loz Campbell, a young West Yorkshire-based lass who blends together her own original songs with covers by Damien Rice, The Libertines and David Bowie. She’ll be followed by the American folk rock sounds of Doug Nissley at 5pm, with Lewis Robinson adding covers from the 1960s to the present day at 7pm. Then it’s time for York’s Dave Keegan and Simon Snaize to headline at 9pm with an arsenal of folk tunes.

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 they also have an equally impressive selection of craft beer, premium wine and over 20 artisan gins. If you get hungry, Candlebar is now home to a kitchen run by Edo Sushi. Their authentic Japanese cuisine is prepared under the watchful eye of Head Chef Tomo Hasegawa, who trained at the Tokyo Sushi College in Japan – treat yourself to everything from salmon nigiri to chicken katsu curry and beef teriyaki rice, or if you’re in a group, go to town with one of their sharing platters.

An all-dayer with live bands at The Hop

Over in The Hop, you can enjoy an afternoon of indie hits courtesy of Versnic at 3pm, before Huddersfield favourites Bad Asteroids bring their funky bangers to Wharfest at 5pm. Next up, local blues rock heroes Dr Rock will play through hits by the likes of ZZ Top, Status Quo and Black Sabbath at 7pm and then it’s time for the headliners – Chicago Joe and The Soul Divas are a seven-piece soul band who’ll blast through a raucous set of classics by the likes of Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Martha Reeves.

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.

Things start to hot up at 3pm though, as Archie’s have something new for Wharfest. They’ve got an outdoor bar that will be serving a menu of special cocktails all day long. Then at 9pm, the dance floor comes to life with Marco Grant playing a heady mix of chart, pop, soul, funk, Motown, indie & alternative. Get your dancing shoes on.

Wharfest is on Saturday 30th September 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.