14TH HECKYFEST 16th 17th JULY 2016

We're trying to secure enough funding to make the 14th Heckyfest happen. 26 acts over 2 days on 2 alternate stages so the music is non-stop!

Unfortunately, this project was not successful


We're asking people to pledge as little as £5 to make Heckyfest happen again. Your money is only taken after March 13th and ONLY if we reach our £16,000 target. LATEST - get your name or your business professionally inserted into our festival jingle and get it played over the two days for just £50! Listen to a rough mockup here.

How do I get involved?

  1. Please choose one of the rewards to the right hand side of the screen.  
  2. Or if you wish to make an immediate donation instead of a reward, please choose the £5 'thanks' pledge and you can amend the amount on the next screen.  
  3. And please share this campaign with your friends and family so we can spread the word!

The Crown of Lights free summer festivals are held in Green Park in Heckmondwike town centre. In 2010 YORKSHIRE LIFE magazine recognised the festivals as being one of the best things about the town! The event is very family friendly and includes free childrens activities. 26 brilliant acts alternating between two stages without you having to move an inch! 16 hours of almost non-stop music over two days covering a wide range of genres. We can't continue to rely on Kirklees Council funding and the festivals have to end up being self sustainable in the long run. Therefore, we need to secure at least £16,000 to pay for insurance, stewards, overnight security, safety officer, 1st aid, venue, stage & PA, and toilet hire, childrens entertainment, litter pickers, tech crew costs and refuse collection. A safely hosted 2 day festival doesn't come cheap! 

This year the 14th festival is planned for Saturday AND Sunday 16th and 17th July 2016. Last year the festival was yet another resounding success. LET'S MAKE THIS HAPPEN AGAIN!Special wristbands for everyone paying £10 or more will be available to collect from either our Acoustic or Band Night in May/June at The Comrades Club. Wear your wristband proudly over the festival weekend to show that you were one of those who made the event possible!

So far we have booked the absolutely wonderful 8 piece SKA HOUSE to finish Saturday and a fantastic SWING BAND to open Sunday.  We've also confirmed the following brilliant bands THE RED LEVELS where the Arctic Monkeys meet Jimi Hendrix, THE IDOL DEAD with their fusion of Rock n Roll Punk and Soul, and PANJENIX with their lively mix of rock and folk.

But all this will only happen if YOU want it to happen! Please pledge now.

COMMENTS re 13th Heckyfest 2015 via Facebook

June Spencer Once again Donal you and the Team made a fantastic job of bringing Heckmondwike to life. Another fantastic Heckyfest and the sun shone down on us all. Thanks for all your hard work guys. Amazing day. Xx18 July at 19:27

Sophie Wigglesworth18 July at 19:43 ·Great music, great people and packed! A fab day for everyone

Sally Southwick Absolutely brilliant.18 July at 20:04

Richard Spreadbury18 July at 20:47 ·been there this evening great!

One By One - Foo Fighters Tribute18 July at 22:19 ·Thanks again Crown of Lights for an awesome event. Great crowd, great atmosphere thoroughly enjoyed playing! Roll on tomorrow! - MitchSarah Sharp18 July at 23:11 ·Thank you Heckyfest !!!! You guys were all fookin amazing!! Love Murderpuss xxx

Joanne Hines added 11 new photos.19/7/15 at 08:29 ·I don't often do this, but it has to be said that thanks to the neverending efforts of one Donal O'Driscoll, day 1 of Heckyfest was AWESOME. A wonderful day and night spent with so many good friends

Nigel Butler 19 July at 19:57We had a brilliant day today. Thanks to Donal O'Driscoll and Peter Earnshaw for their usual enthusiasm and brilliant staging. We look forward to playing a band night at the Comrades later in the year! Fab!

Suzanne Marsden drinking prosecco with Lisa LovesLife Winterbottom and 4 others19 July at 21:02What a fantastic day

Stephen Walsworth19 July at 11:24Fantastic day yeasterday.Big thankyou to everyone who made it happen.Long may it continue.

Linda Twohig19 July at 09:31Great day at Heckmondwike festival yesterday. Thank you for all your hard work Sammy King and Linda had a lovely time. Good luck for today.

Russ Greenwood19 July at 23:33 ·Congratulations to all concerned ! Brilliant two days !

Steve 'Slim' Wainwright19 July at 08:49 ·I was there from the start until around 5pm yesterday, most of the artists were superb in their chosen field but Issimo were something special I hope I can get to see the full 8 piece line up sometime.

David Flather19 July at 11:06 · Mirfield ·what a fantastic day, well done to all

Adrian Thewliss19 July at 12:49 ·Glad we could be part of the 13th annual Hecky Fest. Helping to bring good times to the town. We had a blast. Great to see a plan coming together and young and old alike partying and enjoying the atmosphere. Donal O'Driscoll, Peter Earnshaw, Dalton, and the rest of the Hecky Fest crew should be extremely proud of what they achieved just yesterday.. And in the years previous.. And now they have it all to do again today... Hats off to them for being true stalwarts.... A massive thanks from the POWERAGE AC/DC lads...

Jon Palmer19 July at 19:52 ·A big Thank You to Donal O'Driscoll and Peter Earnshaw )and all the other behind the scenes folk) for putting together Heckyfest this weekend. A great event! Thanks for asking us to play. We had a blast!!

Deb Smith shared her album.20/7/15 23:02What a great, well organized event this was... great atmosphere and really good music

Everyone chilling out at the start of day 2 of the festival.

Chris Martin20/7/15 · Dewsbury ·Donal O'Driscoll Peter Earnshaw and the rest of the Crown of Lights Hecky fest team, congratulations on yet another great event.

Mark Honeybell20/7/15 Once again a massive thank you to Donal , all the volunteers and the fantastic musicians for making this years Heckyfest a great success, only managed to get down for Saturday myself but loved every minute, well done all .

Adam Dore shared Gerard Shields's video.21/7/15 09:23 ·Nice bit of Video from Saturday, what a truly great event Donal O'Driscoll puts on, looking forward to next years Heckyfest.

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