There’s been a handful of attempts at hosting a festival on the Wirral over the past few years. Lured by its green spaces and decent transport links, willing promoters have been thwarted by the council, local opposition groups, and budget issues. Lately there’s also been the problem of it simply being too crowded a marketplace – there’s a ’boutique’ festival somewhere in the country every weekend and punters are more savvy with splashing their cash. A carton of soggy noodles and The Futureheads just doesn’t cut it nowadays. Last year’s Sunset Festival – a pretty solid dance and pop event – was the peninsula’s first proper foray into an actual large scale music event. Though it’s not set to return this year, there’s an even more exciting one set to take its place. Hudbu takes place over two days in late September, and its initial lineup is pretty damn brilliant – even holding its own next to last month’s Sound City megafest. A mixture of boundary-pushing electro, dubstep, grime, hip-hop and rock, it’s shaping up to be a rather memorable closer to the festival season. So who stands out for us at first glance? Reggae legends Easy Star All Stars, indie favourites Los Campesinos!, Cloud Control and Black Lips (pictured), London grime lads Boy Better Know, Los Angeles beat genius Gaslamp Killer, dubstep favourites Coki, Joy Orbison and Mala and hipster-hop femme fetale Uffie are all impressive bookings for a first-time fest. We’re officially excited. Watch out for more Hudbu coverage on SevenStreets over the coming months – for now, you can bag your tickets here. Hudbu Festival, 23rd – 25th September Wirral Rugby Club, Memorial Fields, Clatterbridge, Wirral £55 day / £119 weekend Posted June 6, 2011 – 8 comments 8 Responses to “Peninsula progress: Hudbu Festival, Wirral” david June 6, 2011 maybe the sunset festival isn’t returning because of its ridiculous ‘headphones only after 11pm’ rule. Ever tried raving with cans on? Not quite the same, somehow. June 6, 2011 at 9:45 am Peter June 6, 2011 Only live down the road from this! Looking good! June 6, 2011 at 11:08 am Jason Bri June 6, 2011 Finally! A music festival that actually has a good variety of acts! Cannot wait to see some of the bands on the line up! Looks amazing, Do you know who else might be added ??? June 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm Robby June 7, 2011 On the Wirral? Surely not! Looking like a banger, Guy Gerber & Reboot has just sealed the deal for me! Saves a ball ache trekking to Leeds just roll out of bed and into a field for this instead of cocoon. Any news if this is the final line up? Thanks for posting this didn’t even know it was on my doorstep! June 7, 2011 at 1:07 am Ivan Eccles June 8, 2011 Its great! I have been tracking it for sometime now, There are meant to be more added to the line up over the coming weeks… June 8, 2011 at 1:11 pm Phil June 11, 2011 Any idea who’s paying for all this? June 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm omnipresent. June 14, 2011 It’s a privately funded event. June 14, 2011 at 3:30 am Hudbu festival cancelled | Sevenstreets August 9, 2011 […] were rather excited when we heard the news that a new festival, Hudbu, was heading to Wirral’s leafy Memorial Fields at Clatterbridge. Not only was the […] August 9, 2011 at 9:55 am Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. You must be logged in to post a comment.