BETTER late than never.
That’s the likely verdict for BOMFEST this weekend as the annual Barnsley outdoor fixture finally opens for business.
After a cluttered and very wet summer of al fresco gatherings, the previously postponed Barnsley Original Music festival is a welcome distraction to the imminent autumn season.
Seven stages at Worsbrough Mill & Country Park will host dozens of acts from noon on Saturday until the wee hours of Sunday.
Among those relishing the opportunity to play to their largest home crowd of the year are Seventh Son. The Bigsound Marquee at 10pm on Saturday is the ideal stage for the Barnsley metallers to launch a limited edition vinyl version of new album Spirit World, only their third in 32 years.
Out a few months now in CD form, the latest offering from Bri Shaughnessy’s men is a solid rock chest filled with honest, guitar-wielding whoppers that were sounding very strong during their Tramlines shift at O2 Academy.
Bri says they decided to release a collectible vinyl version after hearing their 1982 debut single Main In The Street/Immortal Hours is now worth £55. “This vinyl Spirit World comes with a poster and booklet... a nice package,” he adds.
Seventh Son play a Bigsound bill topped by Manchester hip hop outfit Lostrites, also home to Double Yellas, The Talk and Hitomi.
Kicking off at noon with Frazer, the Main Stage features the likes of Section 60, local goth outfit The Danse Society and Straight Razor Angels ahead of Cornish headliners 3 Daft Monkeys.
Recruiting acts from the heavier side of life, the Extreme Marquee hosts the likes of Callus, Redmist Destruction, Illflower and Utopia Lost while the underground rises up in the Urban Marquee in the hands of Theory, A Kid and Easy D among others.
DJs, MCs, beats, breaks and hip hop is the menu for the IMP Collective stage as the Monkey Radio Dance Arena quakes to a 20k turbo sound system.
The Age Of Glass, Bexley Square Blues Band and Dexter Destrous & The Fingersmiths are among the live music offerings in a Cirque Du Manc tent filled with poets, burleque, cortortionists and belly dancers.
Also on the main stage look out for Papa Latty, the modern reggae jazz sax player and brains behind politically and socially-charged albums Africa’s Problem, Hyper Greediness Virus and m-o-n-e-y. Musically you’ll hear the influences of Bob Marley and Afro beat king Fela Kuti.
n Barnsley seems to be the place for festival action this weekend... over at Elsecar Heritage Centre the three-day Madfest begins tomorrow with a headline set in Building 21 from Thea Gilmore.
The Demon Barber Road Show, Spiers & Boden, Thea Gilmore, Chumbawamba, Kris Drever Trio, Heidi Talbot and Anna Coogan also play during the weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday the Power House Square will host the likes of The Baghdaddies, Blackbeards Tea Party, Ay Ducane, Holly Taymar, Bo Weavil, Blue Horyzon, Treebeard and The Albion Band.
See barnsleycivic.co.uk for ticket info.