Dragongate Festival music line-up unveiled

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THE line-up has been announced for Harrogate’s family-friendly three-day extravaganza of local music over the Diamond Jubilee Weekend.

Running from June 1-3 in the great outdoors at Bluecote Meadow on Otley Road towards Beckwithshaw, Dragongate Festival promises fun, frivolity and camping - plus the cream of Harrogate and Yorkshire musical talent.

The official line-up is as follows:

The Black Dragon main stage and bar:

Paul Middleton Angst Band - The Birdman Rallies - Vicky Whelan band - Rhythm Future - CroakDitch - Leo Brazil and his Twitch - Kasiuss - Crafters - Thatchers Bush - Pete Oliver Band - Dexter Dextrous and the Fingersmiths - Kath Edmonds - Jon Palmer Acoustic Band - Subject 7 - Eric Bana - NYHC presents Little Drafts - Waking Theo - Carnelion

The On’t Sofa stage:

Becky Mills and Patsy Matheson - Annie Drury - Ephy Clarke Band - Littleburd - Angie Shaw - Bianca Gerald - Angeline Bjerregaard - James Sant (12 Angry Men) - Farrah - Paul Liddell - Holly Taymar - Andy Doonan - Roya Nadry - Midway Arcadia - Samantha Smith - Kristyna Myles

The Red Dragon dance tent:

Dj Bam - The Urbanizer - Fuzzy Logic - Archeo Banquerta - Keith Fox -

601 - Luvjam - Deaf by Disco - Rory Hoy - Mr.Wicker - Bri Buckle - Bass Culture - Tall Yoda - Ian Liquid Lounge - Chem Kev - CGi - Paul Hepton - FIRE PARTY

With just two months to go until the big weekend, the creative team is already busy preparing the site for what promises to be a magical festival experience.

Visitors can expect visual treats and a friendly welcome, as organiser Allan Smyth said: “The Dragongate Team brings together lots of talented local people who’ve spent many summers working in creative roles at bigger, more commercial festivals further afield.

“Dragongate is about bringing these skills back home and creating something really special for Harrogate. In this Jubilee year, we think people will appreciate some quality, affordable entertainment, with home grown flavour and a magical atmosphere, without having to travel too far to find it.”

It’s not just the music that looks set to enchant Dragongate’s festival-goers.

The Magic Dragon Kid’s Space has a packed line up of mystical family fun. With Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table as its theme, there’ll be Tall Tales from the Flamborough Trolls, Professor Grunamunch’s Punch and Judy, a dance competition (with celebrity judges and a prize) and a full programme of theatre, arts, crafts and story telling under the Faraway Tree, all of them for free.

There’s even a pool table and table football in The Pyramid, Poems Prose and Pints, stalls, PizzaLoco, comedy with Rob Alexander and the popular Rock Up and Sing! choir in action.

Circus Skills Workshops for all abilities will be run by Butterfingers’ talented team - including a fire juggling workshop for anyone brave enough and a spectacular fire show on Saturday night.

And there’s always the opportunity to relax and unwind in the Healing Garden, run by Cherry Blossoms Holistic Healthcare, or in the Copper Dragon Bar, serving Yorkshire ales.

Local businesses have also got on board the Dragongate train. The final piece of the puzzle fell into place when Wetherby based company Trufflehunters stepped in to provide a quality hog hoast.

Also hitching their steam train to the Dragongate convoy also PizzaLoco from Kirby Malzeard (www.pizzaloco.co.uk) who make delicious wood-fired pizzas in an unusual oven.

Cherry Blossoms Holistic Healthcare from Skipton are co-ordinating the healing area, Bob the Coffee Man from Harrogate and Convenience Hire from Keighley.

Matt from Dragondrop of Harrogate is part of the team and has designed the website and promotional material.

Also part of the experienced festival team is Alex from Harrogate based Magic Muse who will be supplying the beautiful marquees for the large kids’ space.

Ticket information

Adult weekend tickets for Dragongate Festival are just £35, youth weekend tickets (11-18s) are £25 (kids under 11 go free).

Camping and parking are included and day passes are also available.

For more info or to purchase tickets please visit www.dragongatefestival.co.uk