The final countdown is on to this year’s Grassington Festival.

Now in its 33rd year, the festival will run from next Friday, June 14 to Saturday, June 29 and will offer 15 days of live music, dance, theatre, film, comedy, walks and workshops.

There will also be plenty of visual arts, which are themed on the weather.

A host of colourful umbrellas will be popping up around the village and there will be a special weather booth in the town hall, created by theatre designer Emma Bayliss, which will broadcast a daily weather report.

Food will also play a major part in the festival, with The World Yorkshire Pudding Championships at Linton Green next Sunday, June 16 as well as various masterclasses.

But the main events will start with a high-energy concert by The Beat, one of the biggest bands of the 2 Tone movement, in the town hall next Friday night.

It will be followed next Saturday by a weather-themed carnival parade, which will leave the national park car park at 10.30am and will make its way to the village square. It will be led by Hope and Social, named as one of the UK’s top five live bands by the Independent.

Other musical highlights include Jools Holland, Black Dyke Band, The Orchestra with ELO, the Levellers. cellist Raphael Wallfisch and pianist Peter Donohoe while theatre treats include Jessica Walker’s one woman show Pat Kirkwood is Angry, detailing the life of one of Britain’s superstar singers of the Second World War, and Fleet Street doyenne Virginia Ironside’s Growing Old Disgracefully.

Skipton’s Aireville School will present a promenade performance of Tunstill’s Men, focusing on Grassington men who signed up to fight in the First World War.

“Everyone in the festival team is delighted to be able to bring such high quality, internationally-renowned acts to this June’s festival,” said festival director Kate Beard.

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