Hope & Social to rock feva’s urban beach

Leeds band Hope & Social.

Leeds band Hope & Social.

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By Graham Chalmers

Heavily-lauded band Hope & Social are one of the big names at this year’s ten-day-long Knaresborough feva Festival - and they will be performing on the beach!

This truly community-based festival, which which kicks off on August 8 and runs to August 17, see Yorkshire’s leading indie band, performing on the sand of the specially-created ‘urban beach’ on the afternoon of Sunday, August 17.

The beach itself will be open every day at Henshaws’ Arts and Crafts Centre on Bond End during feva which includes an amazing array of events, including an arts trail and special ‘Flavours of feva’ food nights.

As for musical excitement, more will be provided by tribute band Queen II, performing at the Working Men’s Club on August 13, while legendary folk musician Vin Garbutt will open feva with a concert at the Frazer on August 8, Carriages will be hostin An Audience with Robin Van Zelst on Thursday, August 14 and the popular Northern Songbirds will sing that same afternoon at Henshaws.

Knaresborough Players will stage their own Slice of ’64 musical theatre in two performances at Frazer Theatre on August 9 and August 16.

Classical fans will be entertained by international trombone soloist Matthew Gee, performing with Knaresborough ProMusica on August 16. Lux Aertana will render a suite of choral music at St John’s Church on August 9.

Meanwhile, the hugely popular History Wardrobe, dedicated to the impact of the Great War on women and fashion, Fraser Theatre August 11.

There will be free daytime and early evening entertainment in the market place throughout the festival except Wednesdays.

The Lions will run their traditional beer festival on August 8-9 and the popular free Picnic in the Park will be staged on Saturday, August 16.

As always with feva, there is something for everyone.

Children will be thrilled by the street entertainers, there are activities such as scarecrow making, an open day at the allotments, sketching lessons and the Flag and Bone Gang will be delivering dance lessons.

There is medieval storytelling and a chance for kids to learn to sword fight.

Authors will be giving talks and readings from their works. There are walks around Knaresborough’s dusty corners, shows, concerts and displays.

Other big names are Swing Commanders, Whiskey Gogs, the Blarge and jazz combo Wonderful World of the Cinema organ.

And Henshaws have revived their cheeky Burlesque evening on August 9 with Lily La Belle.

The feva programme has been distributed around town and can be picked up free from shops, the library, tourist offices, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Alternatively, visit www.feva.info for full listing and details on booking tickets.