Joy Division star on the bill at arts fest

Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook will take to the decks at the Hebden Bridge Trades Club on Saturday July 9. He will also be giving a talk at the Picture House as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.
Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook will take to the decks at the Hebden Bridge Trades Club on Saturday July 9. He will also be giving a talk at the Picture House as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.
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JOY Divison and New Order star Peter Hook is taking to the decks at this year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.

The bassist will be DJing at the town’s Trades Club, in Holme Street, on Saturday July 9, following a talk at the Picture House.

Peter Hook: In Conversation will reveal his adventures in the music industry as part of the two groundbreaking bands and with the iconic Manchester label Factory Records.

Hook’s appearance is expected to be a sell-out, and will be just one of the highlights of this year’s festival, which is now in its 18th year.

The festivities kick off on Friday June 24 with Hebden Bridge Shorts, six new short plays at the Little Theatre, Holme Street.

The performance opens a jam-packed programme of music, comedy, theatre and exhibitions, which will be filling venues in and around the town over more than two weeks.

Jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins, marimba player Joe Richards, and Hungarian choir Ars Nova Sacra are among the many musicians who will be creating the soundtrack to the festival.

Laughs will come courtesy of comedian Russell Kane, the 2010 winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award and co-host of ITV2’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here NOW!

His show Smokescreens & Castles takes place at the Picture House on Wednesday June 29, where fellow joker Robin Ince will present his Bad Book Club a week later on Wednesday July 6.

Literature fans will not be disappointed either, with readings by poet Ruth Padel, crime writer Val McDermid teen author Melvin Burgess and many more.

Art exhibitions, street entertainment and a Fringe festival at the White Lion Hotel in Bridge Gate will also add to the buzz in the town.

The festival is supported by Arts Council England, Hebden Royd Town Council, Calderdale Council, Sweet & Maxwell and Welcome to Yorkshire.

For the full programme, or to buy tickets, visit www.hbaf.co.uk. Tickets can also be bought by visiting the festival box office in Albert Street or calling 01422 842684.