We’ve been putting on Grand Northern Ukulele Festivals since 2013. We are now planning our next one but thought we’d share some of the joy from our past festivals.
Big, Bold, Inclusive, Fun - There's GNUFFING else like it on the ukulele calendar!
Our most recent festival, GNUF 2016 saw us returning to the Lawrence Batley Theatre and venues around Huddersfield. We had over 45 acts, over a hundred individual artists and nearly a thousand people at festival events across the weekend. We featured world class artists from within and beyond the UK, Hope & Social performed their ukulele festival debut as did Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers, Percy Copley, Opera-lele and more. International headliners Danielle Ate the Sandwich, The Flea Bitten Dawgs and The Quiet American wowed crowds. Once again, Heidi Bang Tidy compered and this year we added a new Conversations series where artists & audiences talked about things that matter.
Our third festival, GNUF 2015 saw us based at the excellent Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield for the first time. We also grew, with a total of 7 stages around town, 39 acts and over a hundred individual artists. International headliners Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee, Quiet American and Manitoba Hal were joined by acts from around the UK and the rest of the world. Once again, Heidi Bang Tidy compered and this year we added a new open mic stage hosted by Mim’s Ukes.
Our second GNUF saw us move to Huddersfield Town Hall and our headliners, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, saw a standing ovation. We had more visitors that year from Halifax Nova Scotia than from Halifax West Yorkshire. We also added a fringe stage (at Vinyl Tap) that year and the festival pub (the Head of Steam).
Our very first festival was held in Pontefract (at the Town Hall). It was quite a bit smaller than we are now (only about 300 people came) but it was the start of something that we truly love. Our performers that year included Uke Box, Yan Yalego, Ukulele Uff & Lonesome Dave, Manitoba Hal and more.