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Huddersfield Music Festival

November 30, 2004

Here we go - here's a Grauniad piece on the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. I can't add anything to it myself because I was in Manchester seeing Groove Armada who were absolutely excellent. It was fun having so many people bouncing up and down in the stalls of the Manchester Apollo that the blacony was bouncing with us (if a little unnerving, with hindsight).

The Guardian piece celebrates the unpretentious, egalitarian ethos of the festival:

The festival attracts an audience that is simultaneously local, national and international - a place of intersecting interests where performers, composers and audience members engage in debate and conversation. There's no VIP artists' area - it's everyone together in the chilly tent. And the great thing about a tent with pub grub is that no one could ever accuse it of being elitist or inaccessible.


It's time to fall in love again with the pure festival spirit of events such as Huddersfield - and pray that it never builds itself a chic bar.

That's one of the things I love about Huddersfield - you could never accuse the place of being pretentious, although I have noticed the worrying trend of Nathan Bars opening down Kirkgate called things like "The Urban Style Bar". Urban Style Bar? That place used to be acalled the Albert and was full of old blokes in flat hats with pouches of Old Holborn. It's odd to see it populated with asymmetrically-haired students and varied hipsters smoking the ubiquitous marly lights. Lucky there's not a big demand for that sort of thing here.

Posted by Jonah at November 30, 2004 11:40 AM


'Urban Style Bar' or USB as it says on its vertical LARGE neon lighting; still full of postmen. Of the Royal Mail type. I've seen those uniforms. Proof you can't change the clientele of a "'urban' 'style' 'bar'" from a pub.

Posted by: cresley at November 30, 2004 11:09 PM

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