On Saturday October 13th We will be hosting the first event in the the newly cleared Albany Arcade area of the market (the area from the top door near Merry England cafe to the side door on Albion St).

The first bands in The Halifax Borough Market for over 30 years, plus some of your favourite market foodie places doing pop up stalls, bar, coffee, and much more:

It’s all part of a Halifax-wide Festival that sees events at Grayston Unity & The Book Corner in The Piece Hall. More details here: >>

All events are free:
Saturday 13 OCT


2pm: WE ARE WILLOW PROJECT- Music with poets Jackie Hagan & Ben Mellor

3pm: EMBRACE in conversation: INDIE ROCK LEGENDS (yes that Embrace!) chat about music, words, life and more.

3.45: VALLEY VOICES: (some of the best singer songwriters in the area)


6.15pm: JAMES ENDEACOTT in conversation (legendary music biz chap – discoverer of The Libertines, 6 Music Regular & A&R Man for The Strokes)

7:15 pm: KIERON HIGGINS: The Punk Poet With The Northern Soul

8pm- 10pm JAMES ENDEACOTT DJ SET – A DJ in the market?! OF COURSE!

Two of Halifax’s independent businesses, The Book Corner bookshop (Piece Hall) and The Grayston Unity bar have joined together to organise & curate the first ever Halifax Festival of Words.
It will take place in the town between the 11th & 14th October. It’s a festival that celebrates the use of language through books, music, spoken word and illustration.
Michael Ainsworth of The Grayston Unity said, ‘since opening in 2016 we’ve held book launches and lots of gigs in what is ‘Independent Venue Week’s’ smallest venue in the UK’, but we wanted to do something that hadn’t been done before in Halifax. The festival came about from conversations with one of our regulars Martin Riley who often comes into the bar to read and have a drink. We came up with idea of a Festival of Words. The next step was to approach Halifax’s great bookshop, The Book Corner to see if they were up for the idea, happily they were’.
Sarah: We feel privileged to bring an independent bookshop back into Halifax. We have had lots of support from local people and have some brilliant regular customers. We want to celebrate our first year here by being involved in this super community event and to spread the word further.
Martin commented, ‘For people who love music, books and ideas the last few years have seen a small renaissance in Halifax. Not only fascinating gigs, talks and screenings at The Grayston but the first new bookshop, the Book Corner, to open in the town in my lifetime. It seems like there’s never been a better time to bring it all together and celebrate what we’ve got.’