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Organisers of Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival are Heidi Bang Tidy (left) and Lady Wildflower
Organisers of Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival are Heidi Bang Tidy (left) and Lady Wildflower

Global stars and local talent will gather in the upper Calder Valley for the first ever Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival in May - one of the first events of this kind to be held outside of London.

Local performers and choreographers Lady Wildflower and Heidi Bang Tidy have organised the festival which will feature several events held at various locations around the town.

The pair have produced burlesque shows for several years but wanted to do something bigger and came up with the idea of a festival.

“I have been teaching burlesque in Hebden Bridge for about two years now, which is how I met Heidi,” Lady Wildflower said.

“I started to produce the Frou Frou Club in 2011 at the Little Theatre.

“Heidi produces her own shows in Bradford, Leeds, Halifax and Brighouse. The two of us really wanted to do something big and make an impact on the town and show Hebden Bridge what amazing performers there are out there.

“We came up with the idea for the festival last year and it kind of snowballed.”

Heidi said: “It started off that we were going to do one big show but it really grew.

“We have got three big shows, an opening night party and a full day bazaar at the town hall. There are seven events in total, and we are 75 per cent sold out already.

“We are expecting everything to be sold out. I think we have got it right in terms of the offer. We are really excited.”

The Frou Frou Club shows at the Little Theatre are becoming more and more popular, resulting in more top names coming to perform in Hebden Bridge.

“The Frou Frou Club is becoming known as a really exciting gig to play,” Heidi said.

“Our names have kind of got out there. Hebden Bridge lends itself really well to a festival because it has got some really cracking venues and places to visit.

“We sat down to plan the big show and made a list of everyone we wanted. Then we realised that we had enough acts to sell four shows so we decided to do more.”

The festival follows a fortnight after another first in Hebden Bridge – the debut piano festival in the town (see page 23) and runs across bank holiday weekend from May 3-5.

The organising duo thanked festival sponsors for their support: Vivien of Holloway, London; 20th Century Foxy, Elland; Vintage Twists, Manchester; and Flibbety Gibbet, Sowerby Bridge.

For full details visit www.hebdenbridgeburlesquefestival.co.uk. Ticket prices range from £2.50 up to £50 for a weekend pass.

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