Marsden Mechanics aims to remove barriers to culture through five live music events

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Marsden Mechanics aims to remove barriers to culture through five live music events

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Starts: Saturday 20 July 2024 9:00 AM

Ends: Sunday 15 September 2024 5:00 PM

Marsden Mechanics announces series of events - championing live music and artists from underrepresented genres in the area - as £5 tickets aim to remove financial barriers that hinder access to culture and entertainment.

Marsden Mechanics has restored its status as a vital institution in the village, with a vibrant community-centred arts programme that has seen a substantial rise in local engagement. The latest series of events is set to expand the venue’s creative offering and provide the surrounding remote communities a bastion of artistic experiences. 

Consisting of five live music events, the programme supports 83 artists and intends to draw in crowds across the whole of Yorkshire. From jazz and blues to Irish trad, from immersive soundscapes to reggae and dub, no two nights will be the same. Launching with the Valley Voices Choir Fest on Sunday 19th May, this season of events heralds a strengthening of Marsden Mechanics’ live music legacy. 

The events will also provide a number of opportunities for participation within music events and activities - enabling local musicians and artists to access talent development and performance opportunities.

Onwards Festival, Saturday 20th July

Dubbed “The Roaming Musical Spectacular”, this one-day festival takes place at venues throughout the Colne Valley. This year sees Marsden Mechanics play host to the finale event of the festival, with performances from Axis Valv-a-Tron – the original Reggae Revival Sound System – and King Zepha, the multi-hyphenate composer and producer known for thumping double bass, global rhythms, and dub delays.

Irish Arts Foundation presents… Yorkshire v Lancashire, Friday 16th August

A night of traditional Irish music as Yorkshire’s finest musicians go toe-to-toe with Lancashire’s top talents. The rich tapestry of Irish folk music gives way to the subtle nuances of Northern English heritage, crafting a truly unique evening of musical brilliance.

The Pat Fulgoni Blues Experience, Friday 6th September

Acclaimed vocalist Pat Fulgoni fronts a soulful 5 piece Blues ensemble in an evening of iconic covers and powerful originals. Described as “the real deal”, Pat’s voice doesn’t just lend itself well to the blues, with a CV that includes the likes of Camo & Krooked, Coldcut, and Technimatic to name a few. 

Sonic Threads, Sunday 15th September

A daring and innovative duo, Sonic Threads transcends cultural and genre boundaries as Lucy Nolan and Supriya Nagarajan seamlessly merge Eastern and Western influences in their performances. The duo is heavily influenced by the spiritual movement started by Alice Coltrane and both Supriya and Lucy capture that meditative quality in their renditions. 


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