The band was originally formed in 2003 as an offshoot of the Darwen-based Jam Factory. At the launch of the band the promotional material said "open to all and any who consider themselves nervously or otherwise as musicians ..... expect improvising, and much groovesome fun"
This still applies today and the "groovesome fun" comes in big doses. It offers musicians of all ages and abilities the opportunity to experience the buzz of live music.
We play a number of gigs every year, a mix of local fetes, festivals, pubs (although as there's about 25 of us, they need to be fairly big pubs...) or, quite frankly, anything anyone offers us. We just love playing to anyone who'll listen.
There is no particular age limit, or ability, and we certainly don't audition. However nervous you are about playing, everyone else was there once. Come on down. You never know where it'll lead.
The Bandstand is located in the centre of Ilkley. It is on the southern side of The Grove which is a picturesque tree lined street of elegant shops and is directly opposite Betty's famous tearooms.
The Bandstand is surrounded by well kept gardens with permanent seating for those wishing to enjoy the performers.
The Bandstand was conceived as a millenium project by the Rotary Clubs of Ilkley Wharfedale & Ilkley and completed in 2001. The site was generously donated by the Ilkley Abbeyfield Society and both organisations, together with Ilkley Parish Council retain a keen interest as Trustees. An active management committee of volunteers run the bandstand and gardens on a day to day basis. They aim to provide appropriate entertainment for residents and visitors alike.
Whilst every effort goes into ensuring this gig listing is accurate and up to date, always check with the venue before you travel.
Ilkley, West Yorkshire,