In 2014, a small street in Bradford was experiencing something of a revival. The street was a lovely eclectic mixture of businesses, with the majority being independent. That Summer the forward-thinking businesses decided to throw a party to celebrate the plethora of wonders that Bradford had to offer, and so ‘The North Parade Street Party’ was born. On that day in July, the sun shone down on the local market sellers and their wonderful crafts; a stage allowed local musicians to showcase their talents; the food was a wonderful reflection of the multicultural nature of the city, never mind the street. Also, face painting, bouncy castles and hat throwing entertained the kids. There are lots of supporters, including some of the best restaurants in Bradford.
That first year, the local businesses asked people to help for a little while, as it might be slightly busier than normal. As thousands of Bradfordians came to see what was happening, the small group of volunteers and employees did their best to provide a day to remember. The day was a massive success for all the local artisans and local businesses. Interestingly, if you look at the end of day picture, which has become something of a tradition, the small team that runs the day to keep you safe has stayed very similar to that first year.
Every year, the small group that organises the event have attempted to move with the times, whilst keeping the core belief behind the event. That belief being to celebrate Bradford and the amazing local artists. Every year new artists are found and they are able to promote themselves to a new audience. Each year the party evolves to try and reflect that North Parade and Bradford are not the same as they were in 2014 or even the previous year. The event has always shown that the people of Bradford and Yorkshire are willing to come out and support the local businesses, even in the rare years when the rain threatened to ruin the day.
Some people, on hearing that the Street Party was not going to have a stage this year, seem to have written it off but loads of fantastic inner-city festivals around the country work without
This year, August 26th, North Parade Street Party will have more craft stalls than ever. In addition, it will have more food options, from around the world, than ever before. As always, a selection of activities will be put on to entertain the children. Also, because the entertainment has been moved into the businesses they are able to showcase more acts than before:
What to expect at North Parade Street Party 2018
Lots of Music
A range of live music will be playing in one of three bars (Sparrow, Dime and Wireless) from 12 till late. Bradford band Uncle Dad will be closing the show at Al’s Dime bar – not to be missed.
A bit of Comedy
Peacock has some events from St. Arnold and their monthly improv comedians are putting on a show in the evening.
Plenty of Art & Activities
Bread and Roses (making their NPSP debut) are offering art and activities.
Even more music…
Plonk is providing a DJ experience not to be missed. Plonk is excited to announce our daytime lineup will consist of…
DJM Mashing up the North since 2006. DJM, the master of putting tunes you never thought would work together. Originally a part of the Leeds underground scene but in recent years has burst onto the Festival and club circuit in the UK and beyond. A founding member of Quake Soundsystem and turntablist in A Man About A Dog.
soundcloud.com/djmmixes (check out his mixes here)
A smashing After-Party
The Underground, although not on North Parade, is providing an after-party, so if following all the hours on the street you need a change of scenery pop down.
Put it in your diary now!
In closing, this new format event gives you more choice, more options, and a more laid-back approach to the North Parade Festivals of the past. Or not – if you are choosing to bar hop all day, to soak in all performances!