Chumbawamba to play farewell gig at Wakefield’s famous Red Shed

Chumbawamba, appearing at Selby Town Hall
Chumbawamba, appearing at Selby Town Hall

POP anarchists Chumbawamba will end their 30-year history with one of their last ever gigs in the city.

The band will honour their commitment to headline next month’s Wakefield Folk Festival, at the Red Shed on Saturday, September 1, despite announcing in July that they had split up.

Traditional folk musician Jim Moray will perform as part of the festival the following night.

And a free ukulele workshop with Jacqui Wicks will take place at the Fernandes Brewery Tap on the Saturday afternoon.

Organiser Nick Howarth said it was shaping up to be a great weekend.

He said: “We’re delighted that Chumbawamba have said they’ll honour the booking.

“We’re also pleased to have got Jim Moray, who is one of the best of the ‘new wave’ of folk singers.

“There’s been a lot of interest in the ukulele workshop too.”

In 1998 Chumbawumba, best known for their number 2 single Tubthumping, poured a jug of water over MP John Prescott.

James Gregson, and duo Sarah Horne and James Cudworth will also perform on the Saturday evening from 8pm.

Sabrina Piggot and Gifford Rolfe will support Jim Moray the following night.

And people are invited to a jamming session with Dave Nutall at the Fernandes Brewery Tap on the Sunday afternoon.

The festival started in 1993 under a different name, and used to take place at Unity Hall.

It stopped running about 10 years later, and was only revived three years ago.

Mr Howarth said Chumbawamba tickets had sold out, but others were still available. For the full schedule, and to buy tickets starting at £12, visit