Bumper crop of bands on the bill as farm tunes up for Woodfest again

First published in Keighley

A Bronteland music festival is being held for the fifth time in aid of Manorlands.

The Woodfest will again feature two days of performances by local bands at Highcliffe Farm on Lees Moor.

It will be held in conjunction with the Aire Do, Keighley Town Council’s music festival, with free transport between the two events.

Woodfest is on Friday and Saturday July 27 and 28, with the Aire Do running on the Saturday and Sunday the same weekend.

Last year’s Woodfest attracted 600 people and raised £4,000 for the Manorlands hospice.

It is held on a farm owned by Manorlands fundraiser Andrew Wood’s cousin, and “Farmer Wood” will this year be a mascot for the event, hosting countryside-themed attractions including the “a cow stic” tent, featuring buskers and a jazz band.

The main stage will feature bands including Night Patrol, Halcyon Days, Three Chord Wonder and Indiamic.

Saturday afternoon will feature the finals of Bring Out Your Bands, a school band music competition.

Mr Wood hoped that music lovers would use the free bus to travel between Woodfest and the Aire Do, which is in Cliffe Castle Park.

He said: “People watching the Aire Do can camp with us and go down to Keighley on the Saturday and Sunday.

“Our event will go on into the early hours on the Saturday so we’re hoping people will come up from the Aire Do when it finishes.”

Tickets for Woodfest will go on sale next month. Visit woodfest.org.uk for more details.

Manorlands is looking for local businesses to join Bradford-based Angel Telecom as sponsors for the event. Contact Mr Wood on 01535 640430.

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