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Join us for the Big Sing – celebrating 25 years of Beeston Festival

Calling all Beeston Festival Goers!

To celebrate the 25th year of the festival, and the togetherness that it represents, there will be a BIG SING at the Festival this year.

What’s a Big Sing, you ask?

It’s where everyone can come together with a common aim; to sing a well-known song!

The festival has been working with local primary schools and community groups to teach the song, but we’d like you to join in with them!

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never sung, you’re a popstar in front of your bedroom mirror, or you sing regularly in a choir.

Join us at 2:50pm near the main stage to be a part of something special!

We’re going to sing Lean On Me by Bill Withers. Here are the words:

LEAN ON ME

Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there’s always tomorrow

Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on

Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you won’t let show

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem
that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on

If there is a load you have to bear
That you can’t carry
I’m right up the road
I’ll share your load

If you just call me

Call me, call me
Call me, call me

 

A world of music on the main stage

Our line up of live music acts on the main stage will take us all around the globe from the Caribbean to the Ukraine via India, Cuba and Africa.

Headlining the 2016 festival will be The Ukrainians – Britain’s, if not the world’s, foremost Cossack folk-punk ensemble. Emerging out of the 80s indie band The Wedding Present, The Ukrainians blend fierce alternative folk pop with a smattering of trad tunes thrown in amongst Smiths and Velvet Underground covers (sung in Ukrainian).

“This is POP and it blows your trousers off!” NME

Ukrainians

Leeds-based 7 piece Salsa and Cuban band Tarantismo bring you the spirit and sound of legendary Cuban artists with a generous serving of Salsa flavours.

An energetic musical set up bringing the best in roots reggae, pop, soul, r&b and blues. Get ready to shake off your worries because, as Bob Marley said “Every little thing is gonna be alright” when Mojah are performing for you.

Highly acclaimed singer Sumana Basu will perform songs ranging from Hindi classics to the latest Bollywood sizzlers.

Getting the show under way are Leeds’ own Silver Steel Sparrows, bringing their steel pan lilt to classic pop songs.

You can find videos of all our acts on the What’s On 2016 page.

First act for 2014 announced: Celtarabia

Celtarabria have been unveiled as the first confirmed act for 2014, they will be playing on the main stage at Beeston Festival.

Celtarabia

Celtarabia play a wild fusion of Arabic, Andalucian, Celtic, Medieval music and contemporary beats designed to get bodies dancing. Some of this country’s finest world dance musicians play the wildest cross-over music being made in England today. Featuring Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammered Dulcimer, Vocals, Cittern, African and Arabic Percussion, Drum kit, Didjeridu and Bass Guitar.

Listen to their music on Soundcloud.