Halifax town centre pub organising festival for cancer charity

Dan Seabourne, manager of The Last Drop, Halifax.
Dan Seabourne, manager of The Last Drop, Halifax.

A host of top Calderdale talent is lined up for a Halifax pub’s first music festival.

The Last Drop, formerly Lewins, on Bull Green in Halifax town centre is hosting Drop Fest on Sunday, March 31.

The event is being organised by pub manager Dan Seabourne to raise money for Cancer Research UK and a string of local acts have signed up to take to the stage.

Dan’s grandfather, Dave Cox, died last month aged 69 after battling cancer for three years.

Dan, who became manager at the pub in November, said he has been planning on holding a music festival for a while, but his grandfather’s death had inspired him to get organised.

“He would have come along for sure. he would have loved it,” said Dan.

“All my family are pleased that I’m organising it.

“Cancer affects a lot of people.

“Everyone knows someone who has been affected by it.

“I’ve had this in the pipeline for a while but this was the kick that I needed to give it 120 per cent.”

He added: “We are hoping to raise as much as possible, I’m hoping between £1,000 and £1,500.”

The pub’s doors open at 11am and the music starts at 1pm.

There will be performances from Robert Fairbank, Dave Gaunt, Niamh O’Leary, acoustic duoKeegan and Harrison and Frendanco.

Five-piece indie band The Ruckus, indie punk band Virgin Voltz, Deaf to the Strange, Latter Day Saints, five-piece alternative rock band The Astral Plain and Symphony of Sirens will also be playing.

Weather-permitting, festival-goers will be able to enjoy a barbecue with home-made beef burgers and guest ales.

Admission is by donation, with proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.

The charity was formed in 1902 and is trying to save lives through research, supporting the work of more than 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK.

For more information about the festival visit www.facebook.com/lastdrophalifax.