Let it shine – please!

“we’re looking forward to a glorious weekend,” said Kate Honeyman as she anticipated the 2012 Clarence Park Festival, which is now just three weeks away.

Like every organisation planning an outdoor event this rain-lashed summer, Kate and her fellow Wakefield Music Collective members will be anxiously scanning weather forecasts – but with everything else falling nicely into place, Kate is convinced it’s going to be sunshine rather than showers for the big weekend in the park.

She continued: “Everything is coming together nicely and the quality of the bands is absolutely fantastic again this year.

“We had applicants from Belfast, Glasgow, Wales, Brighton and several from London, with two or three London bands making it on to the bill.”

There are plenty of local bands set to play, too, including Wakefield metal heroes Hamerex and MBT, while Red Riding Quartet and The Incredible Magpie Band have the honour of opening proceedings on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Kate said: “There’s a really good mix of genres: we’ve got rock, indie, psychedelic, pop, folk, blues and a very interesting seven-piece rootsy-world music band, Jah Family – from Hartlepool!”

For the first time this year, the Collective held a launch night for the festival – and it resulted in a change to the line-up.

“A couple of the bands we’d chosen played at the launch show and one of them, Freedom of the City, from Manchester, just blew us away,” said Kate.

“They sounded good on CD and were already on the bill – but they were something else live and we thought ‘these have got to play on Saturday night’!

“They’re a bit Manic Street Preachers, Oasis, Verve-sounding – they’ll be brilliant as the headliners.”

There will be after-park parties at The Hop on both nights, too, with Saturday featuring a line-up from Philophobia Music.

Stewards are still required: e-mail stewards@themusiccollective.co.uk or drop in to the planning meeting at Fernandes Brewery Tap, Kirkgate, on Thursday, July 25 from 8pm.