Throughout the year there’s an amazing line-up of live music to enjoy across Kirklees – from jazz and folk to classical, choral and contemporary, through to big bands, brass bands and Bhangra.
An array of venues host gigs, live bands and DJ nights for fans across the musical spectrum.
Add in the spectacle of carnival, the sights and sounds music theatre, opera and orchestras, our annual piano competition and school’s music festival – and you start to sense the rhythm of music in Kirklees.
And music provides a powerful sense of place. Many of Kirklees’ long-standing festivals, events and concert series sit at the heart of the communities that created them. Across the district, people with passion are preserving musical traditions and venues, as well as creating new places and opportunities to make, play and perform music.
Throughout the year a vibrant programme of festivals brings music to our towns and villages
Opera and music theatre, ranging from classic to contemporary can be enjoyed at Lawrence Batley Theatre and a myriad of venues across Kirklees whilst long-established amateur companies perform high quality productions.
Kirklees has a proud tradition of brass bands; The Holme Valley Brass Band Contest is over 90 years old and many compete at the highest level in the UK – Marsden Silver Prize Band, Lindley Band, Hepworth Band, Meltham and Meltham Mills Band and Hade Edge Band to name a few!
One of the oldest Sikh cultural and Bhangra groups in the country, which burst onto the scene in 1968, was based in Huddersfield and the town hosts World Bhangra Day of dance and music.
Huddersfield was also a leading light in the Sound System Culture from the 1960s – 1989 and is kept alive today through venues such as BASSment.