HMF 2017 logoThe 2017 Headingley Music Festival dates were Thursday 8th June to Saturday 17th June.

Thursday 8th June 7.45pm

‘Name That Tune’ Music Quiz – can you name the tune and artist before the clip ends? Come test your pop music knowledge and find out. Surprise twist at the end for a bonus prize! 3 prizes up for grabs.

HEART Cafe/Bar £1 per sheet


Friday 9th June 7.45pm

Lunar Calling – this popular folk duo are returning for the second year running, with an evening of nourishing earthy tomes and worldly rhythms, entwined in their original contemporary folkish tunes.

MEANWOOD INSTITUE £6 / £5 on the door. Refreshments available

Saturday 10th June 10.00am
The Ridge Runners
FARMERS MARKET – free entry
Saturday 10th June from 12.00pm
Headingley Voices and other local choirs will begin with a Mass Sing at the Farmers’ Market from 12.00 – 12.30pm. Followed by Street Busking from 1.15pm in various Headingley locations including outside Salvos, Arndale Centre outside Arcadia and the corner of Wood Lane, the Rose Garden on North Lane and outside TSB bank, throughout the afternoon and finishing at Shire Oak Primary School with a mass sing with Headingley school children from 3.45pm
Free event
Saturday 10th June 12.00 – 4.00pm
Shire Oak School Youth Music Day – a fun musical event for young people and their families, with live music on the main stage from local, young performers, including a steel pan band, djembe drummers, a choir from local schools, along with Headingley Voices and a variety of soloists. Rock School will be running their very popular workshop, culminating in a headline performance.
Other drop-in workshops include DJ skills and learn to play a variety of musical instruments. Storytellers will delight young and old alike, whilst there are plenty of craft opportunities to enjoy and music making for tinies. There will be plenty to do, with bouncy castles, an inflatable assault course, ice creams, stalls, dancing, football, food, drink and much more
SHIRE OAK SCHOOL – free entry
Saturday 10th June 9.00pm
Headlining is The Critical Mass Ensemble, who’ll be playing a variety of atmospheric jazz. Keep a look out for details to come.
WHITE’S DELI/BAR – free entry
Tuesday 13th June 8.00pm
Traditional Irish Music evening hosted by Irish Arts Foundation
CAFE LENTO – £PWYF (Pay What You Feel)
Wednesday 14th June 8.00pm
Nightbird Trio – are a jazz trio from Leeds, comprising piano, bass and drums. With prominent players from the local music scene, they play everything from unique arrangements of classic jazz standard, to more contemporary pieces as well as there own original compostions.
HEART Shire Oak hall £6 /£5 concessions
Thursday 15th June from 10.00am
Do you secretly dream of playing a musical instrument but you’ve no time for lessons? Learn to play the Ukulele from scratch in an hour. Anyone can play this popular instrument with the help of Jessica Bowie (www.yourukeleletutor.com). Ukuleles’ provided.
10:00 am – 11:00 am: Adapted Ukulele for Beginners: Play ukulele with the easy button push method especially designed for people with limited dexterity in their hands and fingers. Colour coded large print song sheets are provided for everyone to sing along and strum some old time favourite tunes. It’s easy to learn and ideal for beginners.
11:15 am – 12:15 pm: Absolute Beginner Ukulele: Suitable for adults and children, this is a fun introduction to the ukulele where people learn how to tune and hold the ukulele, name its parts, make chord shapes and sing a selection of simple popular and traditional tunes. Ukuleles and song sheets provided, no musical experience needed, just a willingness to have fun!  To book a place contact infoowls@gmail.com  £3.00 per person. Door-to-door accessible transport is available for people aged 55+ (£3.00 return). Call the office on 0113 369 7077 to book.


Friday 16th June 8.00pm

Kate Ryrie and Skinner & T’witch

Kate Ryrie is a Leeds based singer-songwriter who has recently recorded her debut EP ‘Thinking Tree’. She has an acoustic folk inspired sound, based on strong lyrics and good melodies. Hear her on Soundcloud (soundcloud.com/kateryrie)

Skinner & T’witch combine many influences – British folk, flamenco, musicals, classical and ‘world’ music. This year they are appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Acoustic Festival of Britain and in New York. Their new album ‘The Fool’s Journey’ was released in April.

NEW HEADINGLEY CLUB £7 / £6 concessions


Friday 16th June 8.00pm

Sign O’ The Times Film – celebrating the 30th anniversary of the landmark and epocahl Prince album of the same name.

HEART £6 / £5 concessions


Saturday 17th June 3.00pm

‘Heer Ranjha’ A True Love Story (2009) presented by OWLS and Hyde Park Picture House. Starring Harbhajan Mann and Neeru Bajwa. Rated 12. English subtitles. Come and enjoy this classic Punjabi love story told through fantastic songs and music, in the rich surroundings of Leeds’ one and only 1914 cinema.



Saturday 17th June 8.00pm (part of The Great Get Together to honour Jo Cox)

Hassan Erraji and Oriental Craze – Hassan, a Moroccan Master Musician “Hassan Erraji’s oud playing is electric” (The Observor), and his amazing band Oriental Craze will be performing music from North Africa, the Middle East and beyond.

HEART £10 / £2 (under 18s and unwaged)

June 2016 (1st – 11th)

We opened with Music Quiz in the HEART Cafe, the following day was the OWLS Tea Dance with The Annie Hawkins Trio in the afternoon and in the evening it was Indie Night at The Pack Horse with City Yelps, T-Shirt Weather, Milk Crimes, Syslak and Ladies Night, mostly a brilliant evening apart from technical problems which resulted in Ladies Night being unable to perform – keep a look out for them they look like fun!

City Yelps web

City Yelps

Milk Crimes

Milk Crimes

At HEART on Friday 3rd, Louise Gibbs Quartet brought us The Jazz Song Uncovered – marking 100 years of the jazz song from its blues roots in Bessie Smith, through the American Songbook of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, the bebop of Anita O’Day, the Black Soul of Abbey Lincoln, to the jazz fusion of Esperanza Spalding. Included are some of Louise’s Seven Deadly Sings and other originals. A.nd also performing this night was The In/Out Trio at Cafe Lento

A jazz singing workshop was available on Saturday morning with Louise Gibbs workshop and at the New Headingley Club  that night, Niss Stricker and France Ellul performed Celtic and Scandinavian songs and tales. At White’s was the ambient acoustic Arcarode

Sunday early evening we had a swing and rockabilly at Head of Steam followed later by folk music at The Chemic

An old favourite  – Monday live music evening with Lebanese buffet at Mint Cafe

And another favourite – Des Hurley and friends at Cafe Lento on Tuesday

New to the festival on Wednesday – Peculiar Blue at The Hyde Park Book Club and Open Jazz Mic Session at LS6 The Clock Cafe.

Peculiar Blue

Peculiar Blue

We strayed into The Meanwood Institute on Friday 10th for Lunar Calling with support from Irish singer songwriter Sabrina Piggott

Final day Saturday 11th began with King & I at Headingley Famers’ Market. During the day 9 Choirs sang in the streets of Headingley – organised by Lawnswood Community Choir with

During the day 9 Choirs sang in the streets of Headingley – organised by Lawnswood Community Choir, with Leeds People’s Choir, Good in Parts, Asmarina Voices, The Headingley Swing Choir, Alwoodley Community Choir, Noteworthy Women, Harmony and Free Range taking part. They began with a mass sing at the Farmers’ Market and followed the street singing with a performance at Headingley Methodist Church.

Shire Oak CE Primary School held a Youth Music Day in the afternoon

Sam Watts

Sam Watts

And Jazz@HEART presented Sam Watts – A Dog’s Life. Sam presents an evening of music and film with a live band performing some of his own compositions as well as a live score to Charlie Chaplin’s classic movie ‘A Dog’s Life’.

And so another fascinating festival came to an end – and we hope many enjoyed the always varied programme.

June 2015

This year’s festival began on Wednesday 3rd June – some extra days added for all the great extra music we had to fit in.

We opened with CoMA at HEART with contemporary orchestral music that’s accessible, expressive, surprising, different and great fun!
Music Quiz followed with some fabulous prizes.

Two events on the first Friday – The OWLS Tea Dance at HEART featuring THE RETROLETTES. Followed later that evening by DON KIPPER at HEART an innovative ensemble, playing a range of traditional music, from Turkish Fasil and Greek Rebetiko to Gypsy Jazz and Klezmer.

Saturday 6th was a new venue – Whites bar on Otley Road with BRUNO MERZ,  HIDDEN GIANTS and  KATE RYRIE started the evening with a set of her glorious folk songs.

iOrchestra on Sunday lunchtime – a fascinating idea put together by The Leeds Music Hub – an ensemble of massed i-devices -open to all ages and levels, the session will use apps to create and experiment with music and sound.

Monday brings us an evening of Latin American Folk with METISA at Mint Cafe plus a mouthwatering Lebanese buffet.

Mestisa at the Mint Cafe 08.06.15

Mestisa at the Mint Cafe 08.06.15


Cafe Lento on Tuesday with DES HURLEY, GEMMA IRVING and IAN PEARSON celebrated an Irish and Scottish musical crossover.

And at HEART Films at HEART showed the iconic NORTHERN SOUL.

Some great jazz at HEART on Wednesday with MIKE CONLIFFE TRIO.

Thursday was Indie night at The Pack Horse with BEARDS Other wordly angular post-punk,

Autobodies at The Pack Horse 11.06.15

Autobodies at The Pack Horse 11.06.15

THE WUB Garage-y jams from Leeds favourites, AUTOBODIES Post-punk with trebly riffs and clipped rhythms, BILLY BILLY 5p  Leeds super-group, featuring members of bands you’ve never heard of playing covers of pop songs that don’t exist yet.

Billy Billy 5p at the New Headingley Club 11.06.15

Billy Billy 5p at the New Headingley Club 11.06.15

Beards at The Pack Horse 11.06.15

Beards at The Pack Horse 11.06.15

The Wub at the New Headingley Club 11.06.15

The Wub at the New Headingley Club 11.06.15

The penultimate day Friday 12th June was at Shire Oak Primary School witht the very entertaining Sergio Volumen and Dominic Berry presented their show WHEN TROLLS TRY TO EAT YOUR GOLDFISH to a hall full of enthralled school children.

Sergio and Dominic

Sergio and Dominic

Later that evening WANG DANG DOODLE a soul and r&b quintet from Leeds, who replaced THE JON STRONG BAND who were unfortunately unable to appear.

Sharp Intake at Headingley Farmers' Market

Sharp Intake at Headingley Farmers’ Market

The last day began at the Farmers’ Market with SHARP INTAKE a 7 piece jazz band, with singer, performing well-loved songs and instrumental numbers.

12pm to 4pm @ Shire Oak Primary School for YOUTH MUSIC DAY which included Rock School * ukulele workshop * DJ skills * steel pans, bouncy castle * bungee bounce * crafts djembe * drumming circle * face-painting storytelling * futsal * stalls dancing * café and all the fun of the summer fair…#HYMusicFest

The grand finale TARANTISMO at the New Headingley Club – A Leeds-based seven piece band, playing salsa and Cuban son, with some Buena Vista Social Club classics alongside music from current New York salsa bands. Adding congas to the traditional line-up, for a salsa twist, the band successfully combines the authentic with the unique. Cuban Son is the root of most Salsa music today.

Tarantismo performing

June 2014

Another year of marvellous performances, starting with jazz from the Fat Face Trio and finishing with jump jive and red hot swing from Louis Louis Louis – visiting many genres in between.