More music set for city

New Vinyl - The group with Paula Brooke
New Vinyl - The group with Paula Brooke
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A SUMMER of live music in the city is set to get even louder with the announcement of another mini music festival.

Rhubarbash will be an eclectic mix of live bands, acoustic performances, comedy and burlesque, and will take place at Havana Bar on July 31.

The one-day festival follows hot on the heels of another music festival for the city, Long Division, which will take place at multiple venues across the city over three days in June.

And Rhubarbash takes place on the same weekend as the long-standing Clarence Park Festival.

Organiser Paula Brooke has pulled in some top Yorkshire bands, who have all pledged to pay for free as the event will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Miss Brooke, 27, of Sandal, said: “I’ve always enjoyed doing things for charity, like skydives or sponsored events, but I decided to arrange an event to raise as much money as I can.

“Some of the bands are friends, but some have agreed to play just through the bare-faced cheek of asking. As word started spreading that something was being arranged, bands started contacting me directly to get involved, which was brilliant.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by how supportive people have been - the venue, printing and design - it has all been for free. I’d love to sell 200 tickets, but the capacity of the venue is 800, so I’m hoping as many people as possible will come down.”

Bands confirmed for Rhurbarbash include New Vinyl, The Scandals, Apache, Driftrun, War Faces, This Legion and A Day For Heroes.

Burlesque dancer Freya Fox will be performing and there will be vintage clothing and craft stalls.

Miss Brooke added: “Driftrun and New Vinyl always put on brilliant performances but I’m excited about the whole line up.

“We’ve got a few up and coming local bands in there, as we wanted to give them the chance to get involved with something like this and put themselves out there.

“People always say there isn’t enough going on in Wakefield, so I wanted to put on some great live music.”

Rhubarbash tickets go on sale today, priced at £5 via www.rhubarbash.co.uk.

They will also be available on the day for £7 or in advance from the Tourist Information Centre on the Bull Ring.

If you are interested in holding a craft or vintage stall at the event contact Miss Brooke on 07979 296932.