Bands and burlesque at BOMfest

Tom Hingley singing in the rain at BOMfest.
Tom Hingley singing in the rain at BOMfest.

THE Eighth annual Barnsley Original Music Festival (BOMfest) returns to Worsbrough Mill Country Park.

The festival has a great reputation as a family-friendly event, with scores of bands and acts, a host of activities and a carnival atmosphere.

BOMfest will be providing the entertainment for the main stage and invite honorary member Tom Hingley and the lovers are back – as well as some of the best acts from the past few years with plenty of new surprises in store.

Heavy metal veterans Seventh Son join the Main Stage line-up this year again, following a great performance last year.

Psychedelic band Here and Now have been around the circuit and back again a few times and have played with some of the greats. Other acts include Skinboat and X-Rippers.

As usual the entertainment comes from a selection of homegrown acts as well as bands and performers from around the country and the world.

Stage 2, the Bigsound stage will be in an 80ft x 40ft marquee with full bar and will run from noon until just after midnight.

Headliners this year are Lost Rites, James Warner Prophesies, Glyn Bailey and The Many Splendid Things.

This year’s BOMfest Urban area will have some new additions with the help of MissB studio and Nick from Krush/Monkey radio and Stu from the Destruction team from Doncaster.

BOM Extreme is a fond memory in the minds of the folks who used to frequent The Arches in Barnsley on a Tuesday night and 2011 is the first time BOMfest has resurrected this once very popular stage. This stage will be promoting hard and heavy bands from across the region.

Bands on this stage include A Poetic Yesterday, Red Mist Destruction, Cause of Denial and Clown Corpse.

The Radar Marquee will be presented by Huddersfield-based Half-cut Promotions, who run big nights at The Lucorum showcasing some of Half Cut’s favourite past and present artists, including Psychotic Mr Shiraz, Middleman and The Feuds.

Cirque du Manc from Manchester will be supporting BOMfest this year and attending with a 30-strong circus and burlesque collective extravaganza to help colour the event.

The BOM Urban stage will be profiling some of the best underground producers, artists, DJs and MCs the region has to offer.

The children’s area has been extended, with lots of activities and performers.

Tickets are £15 adults; under 16s, £7.

Visit the website at: www.bomfest.com