Wired for sound as 18 acts take to the stage

18 Live Wires mini festival event organiser Dave Sykes with the banner made to promote the event
18 Live Wires mini festival event organiser Dave Sykes with the banner made to promote the event
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Eleven hours of live music will reverberate across Halifax as a fund-raising mini festival gets under way later this month.

The event, called “18 Live Wires” and featuring many established and well-supported bands and musicians from across Calderdale, is being staged at The Old Post Office, Winding Road, Halifax.

It has been organised by musician Dave Sykes who is hoping for a big attendance at the free event, with donations to the coffers of the charities selected to receive proceeds from the event.

He has arranged for 18 acts to play on Saturday, July 27, for the following charities: The Heart Of Calderdale (British Heart Foundation), RSPCA Halifax and Greetland animal sanctuary Creature Comforts.

Dave, who will also be on stage as vocalist with his band Bellaruse, said: “There’s going to be 11 hours of live music which will start at noon and go on throughout the day until 11pm.

“There’s going to be a barbecue and face painting for children in the afternoon.

“I’m looking forward to this festival as there’s something for everyone.”

The line-up includes Niamh O’Leary, In Echoes, Mr Buffalo and The Whatnot, Sam Baldwin, Bellaruse, The Tragics, Redstar, The Latter Day Saints, The Astral Plain and a special mystery guest band appearance plus acoustic sounds from Paul Sutton between the acts.

Dave works at J & C Joel in Sowerby Bridge where his employers have been keen to help him in his quest. Managing director Andrew Walsh authorised Neal Cartwright and Frances Wood to make the backdrop for the event (pictured).

Dave said: “This work has taken many hours and much patience by using the appliqué style to create the backdrop.

“I would like to thank them both for all their help.

“I’d also like to say a big thank you to Maxine Hickey; Paul Whitworth; The Post Office staff for letting us host the event there; and a big thank you to everyone involved.

“With regard to the vast amount of groups and solo acts who have given up their spare time and effort to help create the 18 Live Wires Festival - another big thank you. Without them we wouldn’t have a festival.”