Taking place across November 2023, Bradford Music Month has been created to nurture, develop and celebrate the city’s rich and diverse music scenes. Consisting of four core events and a programme of over twenty workshops and pop-up events, Bradford Music Month and team behind it hope to inspire, entertain & engage a range of communities across the district with music.
Led by a committed group of musicians, venue managers and record labels from within the city, Bradford Music Month is an initiative created by and for music-lovers in the district with support from Bradford Council and Bradford Producing Hub. Musician Sinead Campbell, QM Records founder Ned Archibong and The Underground’s Gail Simpkins have come together to relaunch the initiative after a pilot in 2022 backed by BradfordBID.
With its full programme to be unveiled at the end of the month, the team behind Bradford Music Month have teased two of the programme’s core events including a Bassline & Bhangra Sober Rave and two days of intimate performances and wellbeing-focused music workshops at new temporary event space The Garden of Eden, with further events to include food & music collaborations, Opera, World music and much more.
As well as creating a programme of events for all manner of music-lovers to enjoy, Bradford Music Month will also provide vital opportunities for local musicians and funding for the people of Bradford to establish their own events, gigs and workshops.
With their eyes already on the future and the approaching 2025 UK City of Culture, the team behind Bradford Music Month are working to establish it as a regular date in the district's cultural calendar; a month of exciting, inclusive and accessible music in venues, schools, community centres, organisations, music hubs and spaces across Bradford.
Bradford Music Month will unveil its full programme at the end of September.
Sinead Campbell, Bradford Music Month Project Manager said:
“Music Month shines a light on the diverse gigs and workshops happening around the district. We also programme our own unique events that bring something a little different to Bradford such as sober raves that bring together Bhangra and Basseline, a Bradford Opera and the Garden of Eden which brings together intimate gigs and a programme of wellbeing music workshops. It is great to work on a project with a goal to grow whilst remaining authentic- keeping values of quality and inclusivity in tact ”