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The popular Bradford Eid Festival has been given the green light to return to the city this year, where people from around the region will come together in this free two-day event to celebrate Eid.

Festival-goers will be able to enjoy a wide range of activities including live music, poetry performances, Henna art, market bazaars and fairground rides, along with a whole section dedicated to mouth-watering Halal food from around the world.

Last year, the festival attracted over 12,000 people and this year, numbers are expected to be even higher – making it the North’s largest Festival to commemorate Eid, which is celebrated by Muslims and marks the end of Ramadan (the Islamic holy month of fasting).

Organiser, Mohammed Atique, said: “After a long month of fasting, praying and charity, we felt the community deserved an enjoyable time where they can come together and celebrate Eid with their loved ones.

“Everyone involved in making the festival happen are volunteers and we’re doing this for the love of the city and its people. Over the last few months, we’ve seen communities across the country unite and come together following tragic attacks in London and Manchester as well as the horrific London fire. We, as proud people from Yorkshire, want to show the same message of unity and that’s why we’re putting on an entertaining event that’s open to the whole community – so together, we can all enjoy the blessings of Eid.

The Bradford Eid Festival now enters its fourth consecutive year, with growing support from the community to make this an annualised event in the Bradford diary. Attracting people from all over the region, and as far out as Manchester, the festival will take place at Bradford Moor Park on Saturday 1 July to Sunday 2 July. “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and supporters without whom the event wouldn’t be possible in particular Regal Bakery and Artz-I”

The event is free to enter for all ages, with business sponsorship opportunities and stalls still available to book, but hurry if you are interested as these are selling out fast.

For enquiries please call 0757 88 88 77 9, email info@bradfordeidfestival.co.uk or for more general information, visit www.bradfordeidfestival.co.uk

The festival will take place on Sat 1 Jul – Sun 2 Jul at Bradford Moor Park

Bradford Council is set to stage a host of colourful and creative street theatre acts at this year’s Bradford Festival.

In late July, City Park will burst into life with top quality acts from across the UK.

Innovating street theatre company, Highly Sprung will stage a piece offering a glimpse of a possible future  Urban Astronaut.

Problems surrounding air pollution have grown to a crisis point and the work askes audiences if there is ‘a way back?’

Combining stunning design and a unique travelling flying machine with simple storytelling and a moving dance performance, Urban Astronaut searches for a solution to the environmental disaster which Highly Sprung believes is in our near future.

Award-winning international performance company, Markmark Productions will stage HMS Punafore, a hilarious musical comedy where the crew makes disastrous attempts to perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operetta.

Meet the Funnels by Artemis Productions is a comical interactive act featuring three chimneys which dance, toot their horns and play ‘follow the leader’.

When the time is right, the characters will surprise festival-goers by popping out like jack-in-the-boxes and invite people to join in with their games, fun and frivolity.

An amphibious pedalo has been cleverly adapted to take Reckless Invention characters, Mfanwy and Gfanwy, to places where normal pedalos cannot reach.

Pedalo is a two person peddle-about with an oceanic theme where the comical characters will attempt to impress City Park visitors with their sporting prowess and dreadful stunts.

Comical seafaring clichés from Treasure Island to Moby Dick will be played played out in Lifeboat, by Derbyshire-based street arts organisation, Artizani.

Audiences will be asked to ‘batten down the hatches’ as the shipwrecked Captain and Boatswain’s mate relive their comical tales of life on the seven seas.

Giant child-friendly fowl, the Puddle Ducks by Cirq Delight, will investigate every situation in Bradford’s City Park by curiously pecking at people’s bags and coats whilst quacking their way out of tricky situations.

Bradford’s master puppet makers, Cecil Green Arts, returns to City Park bringing some of their best larger than life paper mâché creations in the Big Welcome.

Internationally acclaimed theatre company Mind the Gap will perform the premier of Mirror Mirror, a thought-provoking collaborative piece developed with cutting-edge Liverpool theatre company The Kazimier.

Through ‘absurd performance’, technology and playful imitation, Mirror Mirror explores the experiences of people who are considered ‘different’ in today’s society and prompts the audience to ask themselves: who’s in front of the mirror?

Award-winning local interactive performance company, Same Difference, will stage, Sense-O-Matic which features a Victorian-inspired ‘fantastical object’ which ‘documents sights, sounds, smells and all other sensations’.

People will be encouraged to help Sense-O-Matic’s madcap lab-rats complete their ‘very important research’ and discover everyday details which are often overlooked.

Formerly known as the Bradford Playhouse, Fused Imagination will stage a light-hearted children’s show, Red Bill’s Air Race.

Budding ‘scientists, aviation experts and paper folding champions’ will work with larger-than-life engineers, ground crew and flight attendants to build, test-pilot and race paper planes around the festival.

Shipley-based arts company Q20 are set to show Elephant Gigante, an act which gives visitors the chance to experience ‘the majesty and serenity of the Serengeti’.

Moving through the crowds like cruise-liners through the mist, enormous, fully-animated puppets will ‘amaze and entrance’ visitors to the Bradford Festival.

The elephants will pause to meet people as they make their way to City Park’s ‘watering hole’ where they restore old friendships, tussle for dominance, groom each other and play.

Celebrated women’s street theatre company, Circo Rum Ba Ba, brings The Crow House, a silent movie-inspired show using acrobatics, silks trapeze artistry, hat juggling, musical saw and harp playing, puppetry, audience participation and slap-stick comedy.

One of Cardiff’s most exciting, original and eclectic companies and pioneers of all things retro, vintage and the wonderfully absurd, Kitsch & Sync Collective will stage, Bedraggled.

Three ‘bedraggled beauties’ are swept up on City Park’s ‘shores’, serenading shipwrecked sailors with their sublime, sultry sounds.

Audiences can expect ‘underwater warblings, mermaid mambo manoeuvres, fish maracas, octopus opera’ and much more!

Innovative British street theatre company, Acrojou will show, All at Sea, a theatrical installation set in a boat.

All at Sea combines melancholic humour, striking design  and visual poetry, in a moving and atmospheric ‘row-about installation’.

Bristol-based artistes, Cake Ladies, bring their flamboyant stilt-walking show by the same name.

With lashings of charisma and oozing with charm, the Cake Ladies are a saucy roaming tea party which dishes up sweet treats with a touch of glamour.

In 2016, the Bradford Festival attracted over 150,000 people into Bradford city centre.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “This year’s festival is packed with lots of colourful and entertaining things to see and do.

“The street theatre programme will be lots of fun with lots of opportunities to interact with the performers.

“Admission is free and everyone is welcome.”

For further information and updates, visit www.bradfordfestival.org.uk or follow Bradford Festival on Twitter and Facebook.

BBC Music Day takes place this week in City Park.  Bradford is one of a handful of cities taking part in this nationwide celebration which aims to bring people together across generations and communities through their love of music.

Hundreds of pupils from across the district will play their part in the Music Day whilst also taking part in a Guinness World Record attempt involving over 800 pupils who will try and break the world record for the number of people taking part in a Bamboo Tamboo*.
The current record is 661 people, and we currently have 800 + pupils signed up.

Entertainment will be provided by Bradley Johnson from Bradford.  Bradley was a contestant on the BBC’s Let It Shine programme.  He will be performing at lunchtime and then again before the event closes.

The primary-aged pupils will be taking part in workshops throughout the day but secondary pupils will perform for the crowds from 3.45pm onwards.

Tony Johnson, Bradford Council’s Head of Music & Arts, said:  “This is a great event for the City and the district.  We are delighted that the Third BBC Music Day will be held in our wonderful City Park.

“This is a great opportunity for the hundreds of young people to be involved and the entertainment and performances continue up until 8pm. It will also be a real boost for the pupils and the district if we can beat the Guinness World Record attempt.”

Michael Jameson, Bradford Council’s Strategic Director for Children’s Services, said:  “This is an excellent event and we are thrilled Bradford is taking part again.  The inaugural Music Day was held in Bradford in 2015.

“We have already had the #LoveBradford Guinness World Record success in City Park so for so many children to be involved in a further attempt is very exciting.  We have so many talented pupils and it is good for so many of them to be involved in this event.”

Local artists will stage a colourful range of innovative and creative street theatre, dance, music, workshops and activities at this year’s Bradford Festival which is to be held in City Park, Bradford in July.

Internationally acclaimed, theatre company, Mind the Gap, will perform the premier of Mirror Mirror, a thought-provoking collaborative piece developed with cutting-edge Liverpool theatre company, The Kazimier.

Through ‘absurd performance’, technology and playful imitation, Mirror Mirror explores the experiences of people who are considered ‘different’ in today’s society and prompts the audience to ask themselves: who’s in front of the mirror?

Shipley dancer, Shrikant Subramaniam joins, Jyoti Manrai from Bradford to stage a contemporary dance piece, War – a scourge of hearts.

This beautiful dance piece tells the story of British WW1 soldiers by infusing the language of South Asian dance forms of Kathak and Bharatanatyam with poems by Wilfred Owen and Thomas Hardy.

Award-winning local interactive performance company, Same Difference, will stage, Sense-O-Matic which features a Victorian-inspired ‘fantastical object’ which ‘documents sights, sounds, smells and all other sensations’.

Visitors to the festival will be encouraged to help Sense-O-Matic’s madcap lab-rats complete their ‘very important research’ and discover everyday details which are often overlooked.

Formerly known as the Bradford Playhouse, Fused Imagination will stage a light-hearted children’s show, Red Bill’s Air Race.

The central character, Bill, a rubber duck, is looking for children to help teach him to fly.

Budding scientists, aviation experts and paper folding champions will work with Bill’s larger-than-life engineers, ground crew and flight attendants to build, test-pilot and race paper planes around Bradford’s City Park.

Shipley-based arts company, Q20 will show Elephant Gigante, a new street theatre piece which gives visitors the chance to experience ‘the majesty and serenity of the Serengeti’.

Moving through the crowds like cruise-liners through the mist, enormous, fully-animated puppets will ‘amaze and entrance’ visitors to the Bradford Festival.

The elephants will pause to meet people as they make their way to City Park’s ‘watering hole’ where they restore old friendships, tussle for dominance, groom each other and play.

Baildon artists from Sponge Tree will treat people to You Gotta Laugh, a unique workshop combing storytelling, yoga and laughter.

Laughter yoga exercises will be inspired by and entwined into tales of Bradford’s colourful history bringing new levels of energy and relaxation to participants.

Festival favourite, Bradford artist, Lou Sumray will return with her live charcoal sketching show, Promenading Artist.

This year, Lou is bringing some extra easels so people can join in and work alongside her.

Artists assembled by renowned Asian arts organisation, Kala Sangam will perform Indo-African fusion music in Afrindo Strings.

Nationally reputed, Jasdeep Degun on Sitar will collaborate with internationally famous kora artist, Tunde Jegede and the tabla player, Renu Hossain.

Bradford-based artist, Zareena Bano will help people make their own Steampunk-inspired top hats, arm braces, chunky bracelets, brooches, hair pins or frames in workshops with an atmosphere ‘full of enigma, wonderment and delight’.

Artists from Wur Bradford will help festival-goers to create, Put Yourself in The Picture, a large collective piece of wall art. 

Jean McEwan, Chemaine Cooke and Ruth Fettis will encourage people to explore movement, photography, mono printing and collage to make an artwork celebrating the contributions and creativity of local people.

Bobsie Robinson, Culture, Policy and Events Manager, Bradford Council, said: “The district has a vibrant and talented arts scene and we are very proud to showcase some of our best artists at July’s Bradford Festival.

“Many are returning after having performed in previous years and it is wonderful to see them flourish.

“The festival continues to provide an important platform for local artist to develop and show new work and to meet and collaborate with artists from all over the world.”

In 2016, the Bradford Festival attracted over 150,000 people into Bradford city.

Admission is free.

For further information and updates, visit www.bradfordfestival.org.uk or follow Bradford Festival on Twitter and Facebook.

Bradford Council has announced a host of high quality acts and workshops for this year’s Bradford Festival which will be staged in Bradford’s’ award winning City Park from 28-30 July.

People can look forward to seeing lots of highly innovative and colourful street theatre.

Celebrated women’s street theatre company, Circo Rum Ba Ba, brings The Crow House, a silent movie-inspired show using acrobatics, silks trapeze artistry, hat juggling, musical saw and harp playing, puppetry, audience participation and slap-stick comedy!

A derelict house appears in the middle of City Park and a furious bird has taken up residency in the chimney and squawks territorially when anyone comes near the house.

Three very different characters appear in the audience and a battle of wills and skills unfolds with ducking and diving, wheeling and dealing and ingenious plans evolving as each person tries to gain a room inside.

One of Cardiff’s most exciting, original and eclectic companies and pioneers of all things retro, vintage and the wonderfully absurd, Kitsch & Sync Collective will stage, Bedraggled

Three ‘bedraggled beauties’ are swept up on City Park’s ‘shores’, serenading shipwrecked sailors with their sublime, sultry sounds. 

But these mermaids are not anything like the ones you’ve heard about in fairy tales. 

Audiences can expect ‘underwater warblings, mermaid mambo manoeuvres, fish maracas, octopus opera’ and much more! 

Innovative British street theatre company, Acrojou will show, All at Sea, a theatrical installation set in a boat. 

In limbo between life and death, a lone boatman traverses a vast ocean of memories and past hopes, accompanied by his own personal storm. 

All at Sea combines melancholic humour, striking design  and visual poetry, in a moving and atmospheric ‘row-about installation’. 

Bristol-based artistes, Cake Ladies, bring their flamboyant stilt-walking show by the same name. 

With lashings of charisma and oozing with charm, the Cake Ladies are a saucy roaming tea party which dishes up sweet treats with a touch of glamour. 

These colourful human tables will serve a visual and gastronomic feast of charm and confectionery. 

This year’s Bradford Festival has an eclectic range of local, national and international music which will suit a wide range of tastes. 

Ice Cream: The Opera by local arts organisation, Freedom Studios, is a charming 30-minute act performed in and around two ice cream vans. 

Ice Cream tells the story of lovers, Romano and Geetha who are trapped in a hostile family feud. 

A bitter battle plays out between the parents. 

Insults are hurled, jingles are amplified and weapons are brandished. 

Geetha and Romano proclaim their love and try in vain to calm the situation, but are caught in the crossfire with dramatic consequences. 

Lovers of rock and pop will enjoy, Rupert Stroud, one of a breed of hotly-tipped West Yorkshire musicians currently attracting the attentions of regional and national audiences. 

Rupert’s powerful beat-driven and melodic sound has drawn support from BBC Introducing, 6Music’s Tom Robinson, and Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary, Alex Lester and Bob Harris. 

His band has opened for world-renowned acts such as James Blunt, Texas and The Feeling. 

Highly original alternative indie band, Fie! Fie! Fie! from Birstall, who were nominated for the Outstanding Band Award at the Yorkshire Gig Awards have been booked for the festival. 

They recently featured on BBC Radio, MADE TV and Radio Rock – The Blitz in Hollywood, USA and received a standing ovation at the International Musicport Festival. 

Combining guitars, vocals, percussion and soulful harmonies, they add sincerity and wit in equal measure and will have Bradford crowds screaming for more. 

People interested in classical world music can experience the delicate and soulful harmonies of the ancient erhu, or Chinese violin, played by master virtuoso, Ling Peng

Ling’s career began as a child prodigy at the age of seven, performing to thousands during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. 

Her brilliance won her a place at the prestigious Sichuan Conservatory of Music. 

Now based in Nottingham, Ling Peng has collaborated with artists in various fields and across many cultures working with classical orchestras and Jamaican reggae, Indian, African, Romania and Russian musicians. 

She fuses western art forms with Chinese, bringing new perspectives, new audiences and new understanding to both Chinese music and culture. 

Innovative, Delhi-based band, The Ska Vengers blend ska rhythms with elements of dub, punk, jazz and rap to produce refreshingly different, energetic and danceable music. 

The Vengers play very much for the moment, introducing politically and socially relevant themes into their work. 

In 2012, they created a media storm when they performed for 2000 inmates at Asia’s larget jail, Tihar in Delhi. 

The Ska Vengers have appeared at the Notting Hill Carnival, London Mela, Bestival and the Wilderness Festival. 

This year’s festival will again offer interesting opportunities for children and adults to develop new skills and try out a wide range of creative and fun activities. 

Festival goers can create colourful celebration crafts using the bright colours of Mexico and with a ‘Day of the Dead’ theme with celebrated local and internationally exhibiting artist, Morwenna Catt

People can make a traditional Nichos box, a miniature Mexican shrine in a matchbox then personalise them with collage, drawing and reflective and colourful materials. 

Festival goers can craft colourful Mexican waggle sticks with ‘fancy patterns and swishy streamers’ to wave in the crowds, and Mexican sugar skull masks to ‘wear and scare’. 

Cardboard Joe, ‘a thickerthanpaper but thinnerthanwoodhero’ has a very special task, one that he needs imaginative and brave young adventurers to help him with… 

Children from 3 to 93 are invited to step into Cardboard Joe and The Book of Mysteries, an interactive music and storytelling  pop-up animation tent at by Shipley-based arts organisation, 154 Collective

Visitors to the festival will have the opportunity to ‘unlock their inner rock star’ at drumming, guitar and base, and DJ and music recording sessions run by the Bradford-based, School of Rock and Media

Master sculptors from Sand In Your Eye, who have created incredible ice and sand art works in City Park and Bradford city centre, will teach people how to make beautiful decorative sand castles. 

Bobsie Robinson , Culture, Policy and Events Manager, Bradford Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to come into Bradford and enjoy three days of high quality entertainment. 

“This year’s Bradford Festival has a rich variety of street theatre, music and workshops. 

“We have something for everyone here and entry is free. 

“The festival is part of a varied programme of events and activities designed to bring people together and support economic growth in the city centre.” 

In 2016, the Bradford Festival attracted over 150,000 people into Bradford city. 

For further information and updates, visit www.bradfordfestival.org.uk or follow Bradford Festival on Twitter and Facebook. 

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One of the most prolific joke-tellers of recent times, Jimmy Carr returns to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford on his mammoth UK tour like no other on Sunday 11 June 2017, 8pm.

With an astonishingly vast repertoire and lightning-sharp delivery honed from fifteen years at the top, Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show.

A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment.

Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that time he’s performed 9 sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over 2 million people across 4 continents. He’s won the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’ and been nominated for the Perrier Award. Now all that experience is being put to good use – you can see all the greatest material from his extraordinary career in one show – this is the very best of Jimmy Carr.

For more information and to book tickets visit bradford-theatres.co.uk or call 01274 432000

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Hear Abida Parveen, one of the finest Sufi vocalists of the modern era, in this special performance.

A Pakistani singer of Sindhi descent, and one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music (Sufiana kalaam), Parveen is held in high regard as one of the world’s greatest singers. Singing mainly ghazals, her forte is Kafis – a solo genre accompanied by percussion and harmonium, using a repertoire of songs by Sufi poets. She sings in Urdu, Sindhi, Saraiki, Punjabi and Persian.

Trained initially by her father, Ustad Ghulam Haider, she attended his music school in her early years, and was later taught and nurtured by Ustad Salamat Ali Khan of the Sham Chorasia Gharana.

With a career spanning over four decades, Parveen is best known for her songs ‘Yaar ko Humne’ from the album, Raqs-e-Bismil, and ‘Tere Ishq Nachaya’, a rendition of Bulleh Shah’s poetry. Parveen is also a recipient of Pakistan’s second highest civilian award, the Hilal-e-Imtiaz.

Rafi Peer Global Entertainment is proud to be showcasing Lahore’s Largest Music Festival promoting Sufi Music. The Rafi Peer Mystic Music Sufi Festival will be heading to London at the Alchemy Festival 2017 featuring Abida Parveen performing live on the 28th of May at the Royal Festival Hall Southbank Centre.

Please note: For those observing Ramadan, the concert finishes at 9pm. After the concert, the organisers will invite audience members to break their fast at sunset.

Tickets are priced between £10 – £120

For further information, visit: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

 

 

When Bradford was named the world’s first City of Film in the summer of 2009, it is fair to say a few eyebrows were raised. Overcoming competition from Los Angeles, Cannes and Venice to win the UN honour, Bradford was officially recognised as UNESCO City of Film.

photo 1-5At the time of this prestigious honour in 2009, Bradford played host to the Bradford Film Festival, Bite the Mango International Film Festival and the Bradford Animation Film Festival. Three major film festivals that were serious players in the international annual film calendar. The Bradford Film Festival, hosted and organised by the then named National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, was one of Bradford’s jewels in the crown. In its two decade history, the festival attracting global film stars such as Jean Simmons, Oscar winner Michael (The Deer Hunter) Deeley, John Hurt, Terry Gilliam, Claire Bloom, Richard Attenborough and Kenneth Branagh. Organised by the NMPFT’s Head of Film Bill Lawrence and Festival Director Tony Earnshaw, The Bradford Film Festival “brought a touch of the red carpet, a tangible sense of glamour, the presence of living, breathing film heavyweights and the notion that the north could do it as well as the south. Some said even better” stated Tony Earnshaw at the time.

The Bite the Mango Film Festival was billed as a ‘celebration of world cinema’ and since its inception in 1995 by Carey Sawney who passed on the baton to me in 1998, the festival became one of, if not the leading film festival of its kind in the UK. Between 1998 – 2008, both BIFF and BTM put Bradford on the global map as a city where independent and commercial cinema would be celebrated. Regular world premieres, screen talks, workshops and seminars became common at the NMPFT and the emphasis of film BiFF_logo_new_blkwas very much at the forefront of the Museum’s attraction peaking at almost one million annual visitors. A contribution to the attraction of visitors was the global film personalities that visited the museum. BTM attracted global stars such as Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar Pooja Bhatt, the late Om Puri (twice), Mahesh Bhatt, Shabana Azmi, Amit Khan, Anil Kapoor, Samina Peerzada, Meera, Subhash Ghai, Shatrughan Sinha and James McAvoy. With these stars, Bradford and the festival were highlighted in the New York Times, Mumbai Mirror, Screen Daily and other international journals.

Even before the film festivals were born, Bradford has always had a rich history as a city of locations for filmmakers. Famous films such as The Railway Children, L.A. Without a Map, Billy Liar, and The Dresser used locations around the city such as Keighley, Little Germany, Undercliffe and the Alhambra Theatre.

Let us now fast forward to 2017. The NMPFT has changed its name to the National Science and Media Museum (no emphasis on film) and was on the verge of closing in 2013 due to a lack of funding. Bradford now has NO film festival. Bite the Mango was axed in 2010 as it was struggling to “attract the harder to reach communities” according to the Head of Marketing at the time of cancelling. The Fantastic Films Weekend followed in the same vain in 2013 and the Bradford Film Festival was finally put to the sword in 2016 after being ‘temporary cancelled’ a year earlier pending a review. As I said at the time, reviews only mean one thing. Now we know what it meant.

Today, Bradford has very little film activity even though we do have a team at the Bradford City of Film office. Sporadic fringe events do not justify the status of City of Film. The museum, it seems, will now take a direction towards science and as one walks around the struggling venue today, there is no displayed archive of the movie greats that once stood foot in the venue. It is though the museum has eradicated any possible memory of the film festivals that once took place.

Bradford does not deserve the status of City of Film. It’s as plain and simple as that. Doing the odd sporadic event is simply not enough. Unless it once again plays host to a major film festival or the bosses in charge of film activity in the city up their game, the status will remain embarrassing.

by Irfan Ajeeb

 

The Broadway Shopping Centre in Bradford  will be hosting auditions for the 2017 season of X Factor on April 15th.

On the search for the next Olly Murs or Little Mix, the producers of the iconic TV show will be holding open auditions in the centre from 10.30am until 5.30pm.

The auditions will be held on a first come, first served basis so candidates are advised to arrive early, and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a valid ID with them.  Hopefuls may be asked to sing acapella, but may also be allowed to use their own backing track CD or music of their own.

The X Factor has been essential viewing on UK television screens for 13 years, with one of the biggest success stories, Zayn Malik, hailing from Bradford.  These initial auditions will decide which potential superstars have what it takes to go forward and prove themselves in front of the celebrity judges this summer.

General manager of The Broadway Shopping Centre, Ian Ward, is excited to see what talent the auditions reveal: ‘The X Factor has been a huge part of Saturday night television for the last 13 years,. We’re hoping to uncover the city’s next Zayn right here at The Broadway; someone we can all support and be proud of as they take on the X Factor challenge.

‘This audition process could be the first step in an amazing career for any talented Bradfordians who have maybe been hesitant to audition before now.  If you think you can wow Simon Cowell and people all over the UK on live TV, come down to The Broadway on Saturday 15th April and show the producers of X Factor what you’ve got – I know you’ll have the whole of Bradford behind you.’

The X Factor team will be watching auditions from 10.30am until 5.30pm on Saturday April 15th, and you must be over 16 from the 1st July 2017 in order to audition.  Keep an eye on the official X Factor social media channels, as well as The Broadway Facebook page for any updates.

by Sarah Taylor
by Sarah Taylor
From their name ‘Nervous ‘Orse’, to the sweeping moors that feature as a backdrop to their video for the song ‘Dead Is The New Alive’, the Bradford based four piece are undeniably influenced by their Yorkshire roots; and with their unique blend of individual musical influences and genres Nervous ‘Orse have created an original and exciting sound that has seen them gain a loyal and growing following, and become firm favourites on the local live circuit.

Keen to find out more about the ‘Orse I met up with them ahead of the forthcoming release of two new singles, and discovered a group of musicians whose personalities are as diverse as their sound, but whose talent and passion unites them in their mission to make good music – and get it heard.

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The band formed in 2014, originally as a three piece and having since added a fourth leg the four ‘Orse-men are: Dave McKinley (Vocals/Acoustic Guitar), Luke Carter (Vocals/Electric Guitar), Jacob Riley (Vocals/Drums) and Danny Sapko (Vocals/Bass)

Their sound is built on the solid songwriting skills of Dave, described by his bandmates as “a kind man who writes thought provoking lyrics”, and Jake who in Dave’s words is “an enigma, probably the most talented musician I’ve ever worked with – and doesn’t write a poor song!”

On top of this steadfast songwriting foundation Luke brings his versatility and perfectionism as a guitarist, and bassist Danny, who, being heavily influenced by Motown and Soul, is jokingly cited by the rest of the band as “playing too many notes!”

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Add to this the harmonies, melodies and swapping of lead vocals that altogether create a unique and original sound, so unique in fact that it has led to the band often being described as ‘genreless’. However, this is not so much because it’s impossible to ascribe their sound to any specific musical genres, but because the band are driven by the desire to make good music, without genre constraints, as their two new singles, ‘Libertine’ and ‘Here’s To You’ which differ hugely in style, serve to demonstrate.

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As the winners of ‘Outstanding Band 2016’ at the Grassroots Awards through the Yorkshire Gig Guide the band have clearly created a sound, style and audience experience that has put them in a field all of their own. Unanimous in agreement that winning the award is one of their proudest achievements so far it is by no means the only one of note. 2015 saw them being approached by a new local independent label Wide Mouth Records, and asked to sign, becoming the label’s inaugural band, followed by the release of their debut album ‘Where This Now Finds Us…’ later that year. They have also played at Bingley Music Live, Bradford Festival and on the main stage at Saltaire Festival. 2017 is already gaining pace for the ‘Orse as they eagerly look forward to the release of their two new singles, and a second album.

Not only are Nervous ‘Orse a band of talented, passionate musicians, they are also thoroughly good guys with boundless enthusiasm, integrity and heart. I’ll attest that when I heard ‘Here’s To You’ I found it emotionally impactful, and I felt the same when I learned that in 2015 the band released their single ‘Calling Orson’ which was written in memory of the late Robin Williams, as a ‘name your price’ or free download in support of #WorldMentalHealthDay (10th October) donating the proceeds from the track download to mental health charities.

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To find out more about the band, upcoming releases and gig dates LIKE, LISTEN and FOLLOW here:

www.facebook.com/nervousorse
www.twitter.com/NervousOrse
www.youtube.com/c/NervousOrse
www.nervousorse.co.uk

Or catch them live on the following dates:

24th March at The Exchange, Russell Street, Keighley with Waiting For Wednesday and John Boxall – £5 OTD
7th April at ‘360 Club’ at Lending Room – The Leeds Library – Tickets £5
14th April at Al’s Dime Bar, North Parade, Bradford – Free entry
3rd July at Groovy Happening – £3 entry (no ticket needed) Monthly live music event and social gathering that is a fundraising initiative for Manorlands, Sue Ryder, held at Parkside Social Club, Haworth

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