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New line up announcements! Party Friday!


The rumours are true, we’ve added an additional event to the original 2 day festival.

We figured that with folks coming from all over to Todmorden for the weekend it meant that we just had to organise a little get together the night before, a “Welcome to Todmorden” party. We couldn’t think of anyone better to kick off the show than 2 of the UK’s best live acts going – The Family Elan and The Bongoleeros.

The Family Elan active since 2007, is the musical project of the Greek bouzouki and Turkish baglama-saz player Chris Hladowski. The scope of the Family Elan’s output is broad, ranging from self penned reflective meditations which rotate on a devotional harmonic axis, to irreverent interpretations of Bollywood hits, to Turkic folk forms filtered through a psychedelic rock axis.

On the same night we’re going to open the portal between Todmorden and Burselm and summon The Bongoleeros, Stoke on Trent’s greatest experimental, rockabilly, weirdo marching band. We’re giving them full range of the venue and license to get fully involved with audience. This band is not for the faint hearted.

This party all takes place at The Golden Lion which is situated right next The Unitarian and run by Todmorden’s first lady – Gig Goldenlion! You will know our hostess if you came to last year’s festival and entered the dungeon at Three Wise Monkeys.

Here’s the Facebook page –