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Family-run festival preparations

Festival preparations Credit: Calendar News

A family run festival launches tonight in Topcliffe, despite many other events folding this year in the face of poor weather and the difficult economic climate.

The Deer Shed Festival is run by a husband and wife team who are taking advantage of the growing taste for smaller, independently-run festivals.

Centre Stage Battle of the bands final

On Tuesday night, the Centre stage final took place at the O2 Academy in Leeds. The event was organised to raise funds for the Martin House children's hospice. More than 30 bands took part in the heats, with 12 bands making it through to the final.

The standard was very high, making it a difficult decision for the judging panel, made up from members of Embrace, The Cribs, Pigeon Detectives and industry figures.

The eventual winner received £1000 worth of musical equipment and a coverted slot on the Introducing Stage at the Leeds and Reading Festival. The competition is open to acts under 21 years old and with one member at school or college in West Yorkshire.

To find out more about Martin House click here.

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Funeral date for Doncaster man who died at concert

A funeral date has been set for a music technician who died when a stage collapsed during a concert. Scott Johnson from Doncaster died in Toronto, where he was working for rock group Radiohead.

A service will be held next Thursday at St George's Parish Church in his home town, followed by a private ceremony at Hickleton. Elton John is among the celebrities to have rung his father Ken to pay tribute.

Huddersfield music festival

Three days of music celebration begins today in Huddersfield.

The Concerts in the Park star with a special performance of "Thank you for the Music", which is a live show featuring the music of ABBA and the Bee Gees.

On Saturday the stage will be set for a Jubilee proms evening, with the Orchestra of Opera North.And finally on Sunday chart-topper Tinchy Stryder will headline Party in the Park.

It's great news that Tinchy Stryder will be performing at this year's Party in the Park, along with "ones to watch" Vince Kidd and Marlon Roudette. Over the course of the weekend, Greenhead Park will come alive witha whole host of musicians and performers and we're hoping the sun makes an appearance too!

– Councillor Jean Calvert, Kirklees Council

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