Kirkstall Festival – Celebrating 40 Years!


In 1981 the first Kirkstall Festival took place in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey. 40 years on some of the original volunteers are still involved, so this year we will be celebrating the 40 years.

Over the coming weeks this years line up will be announce here, we got some exciting things in the pipeline.

What was happening 40 years ago:

  • Films: Back to the Future, The Blues Brothers, The Shining, The Empire Strikes Back, Airplane!, Raging Bull, The Elephant Man, Friday 13th
  • Music from ABBA, The Police, Madness, Kenny Rogers, David Bowie, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Blondie and many more.
  • Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister
  • A first class stamp cost 12p, a litre of petrol 28p, pint of beer 35p and a pint of milk 17p and you probably still had change for a bag of chips wrapped in newspaper.

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