Kirkstall Festival is set to attract huge crowds

Last summer's  Kirkstall Festival parade
Last summer's Kirkstall Festival parade
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ORGANISERS are busy preparing for what is thought to be the largest summer community festival in Leeds.

The 36th annual Kirkstall Festival will take place in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey on Saturday July 9.

The festival, which last year attracted around 25,000 visitors, will feature a fairground, more than 150 stalls and eight performance areas.

The festival parade will leave Hesketh Road at 12pm and arrive at Kirkstall Abbey at 1pm.

Up to 20 local bands will be playing on two stages at the festival and there will be a battle of the bands competition for younger bands.

Among the bands will be local group Hombre, Otley Ukulele Orchestra, the Leeds Jazz and Rock Orchestra, Phoenix Concert Band and the Leeds Training Youth Orchestra.

Among other attractions will be a Punch and Judy show, a dog show, morris dancers and clog dancers. There will also be a comedy club in the cloisters at the Abbey.

The event is organised by Kirkstall Festival Committee, which is part of Kirkstall Valley Community Association.

John Liversidge, chairman of Kirkstall Festival Committee, said: “Last year more than 25,000 people came to the festival through the day.

It was a brilliant festival. We are hoping this year’s will be even better.”

Among visitors to last year’s festival was Heidi May, of Meanwood. She said: “This festival is getting more like a big time music festival.”

Also among the revellers was Tony Chew, of Kirkstall, who told the YEP: “It’s a brilliant area with really passionate creative people.

“The more people coming to Kirkstall the better so far as I am concerned. It’s a fantastic place.”

For more details about the 2016 Kirkstall Festival and to find out more information on how to book stalls at this year’s event, go to