Tor Festival Playlist

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to post a quick update on where we’re up to with Tor Festival. The Kickstarter was a great success, we smashed our target and want to say thanks to everyone who donated. We have sold out of full weekend tickets but still have some available for the Saturday event for £12 each. Please visit the website to secure yours. If you do want to come along to the Friday or Sunday show please show up and we’ll try and squeeze you in somewhere!

We’ve made a playlist on soundcloud which contains the majority of acts performing. It features unreleased material by United Bible Studies, Bbblood and These Feathers Have Plumes so have a listen and enjoy.

As well as music we have an outdoor art installation by Helmut Lemke, tarot readings provided by Todmorden’s own Beth Maiden of Little Red Tarot, beers from Thornbridge brewery and food from Incredible Chai Guys. 

Really looking forward to it, seems to be coming round really quickly!

Brian Harvey’s Cosmic Coincidence Centre

Just wanted to post an update about Tor Festival… the crowdfunding is going really well. We’re just under a week in and have made 75% of our target which is just amazing so thanks to everyone who pledged already. There are still loads of tickets available via our Kickstarter page just click on the little guy below for a direct link to it. When I say loads, there are only 11 full weekend tickets still going but plenty for the Saturday. 



We are really pleased to have the support of friends Incredible Edible Todmorden, the saviours of veg in the Calder Valley! They have written a lovely blog about the festival which you can read by clicking on their logo below: 

ImageBy the way, if you fancy writing a piece on your blog or in a mag or whatnot please get in touch @sofingusa or 

MORE OF NEWS: We have added the excellent Jason Steel to the Sunday show and Todmorden based sound artist Helmet Lemke who will be installing an outdoor sound experience which looks to be very wow!  

Coincidence: I’ve done a bit of research and found out that we share a name with the Por Tor Festival of Phuket.

“Thailand, Ethnic Chinese in Phuket believe that Por Tor Kong is a God of Devil. The seventh lunar month in the Chinese calendar is believed to be the period when spirits are released. The gates are opened and spirits released to wander or revisit homes. During the festival, people bring food and nicely-decorated fruits to make offerings to Por Tor Kong to pass onto those spirits. An essential offering for the festival is a red turtle-shaped cake, large or small. They believe that turtles symbolise longevity.” 


The first Tor Festival is taking place downstairs at a Thai restaurant in the 7th calendar month so I believe we are fated! 



Tor Festival 25th – 27th July, Todmorden West Yorkshire


After one whole year of promoting really amazing shows in Todmorden, Jake and I have decided to organise a festival which will take place on the anniversary of the first one! (total coincidence by the way)

It’s called – TOR FESTIVAL

This idea started as an all dayer in our usual venue of The Unitarian Church but somehow one day didn’t seem enough work and we decided to put on a couple of extra events at our two favourite watering holes in Tod, namely the Three Wise Monkeys (observant readers of this blog will remember a jumble sale I organised there last year) and Bare Arts on each side. So we have an evening at the monkeys on the Friday, an all-dayer at the church on the Saturday then a casual afternoon by the canal at Bare Arts. It’ll be special.

Here’s a line up (so far, a few extra on the way plus a couple of surprises):

Friday: Bbblood, Debbie Sharp, Electric Knife Melody Boa Band 

Plus: General party vibes 🙂

Saturday: United Bible Studies, Delphine DoraBare Bones Lay Low, The Five Star Family Elan, Bridget Hayden, Pascal Nichols & Kelly Jayne Jones (aka Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides), These Feathers Have Plumes, Lobster Priest + one more special guest.

Plus: an art installation, food and booze tent, various stalls selling wares n that, a psychedelic light show, after show party.. the works!

Sunday: Two special guests – TBA

Plus: afternoon ale drinking and a pub quiz!

In a nutshell this thing is going to be mint.


£15 which makes sure you get into all three events, there are only 30 of these golden tickets because of capacity at the two venues.

£12 for the Saturday plus afterparty invite.

To buy tickets nice and in advance please visit our Kickstarter page – click here don’t delay!

There are also a few extras on there if you’re feeling generous or if you’ve always dreamed of a customised song by me (subject of your choice but within reason) now is your chance!

For more info including where to stay please visit the Tor Press website: click here… 

Get in touch if you have any questions/ideas/suggestions/comments etc. your views are important to me xxx