Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival is the lovechild of Burlesque performers & producers, Lady Wildflower and Heidi Bang Tidy. Together they have over fifteen year's experience of staging live events and burlesque shows. They have built a reputation for staging spectacular events across the North of England. In addition to HBBF, Heidi & Wildflower have also worked together to produce Green Eggs & Glam at The Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester, Champagne & Showgirls in Halifax & Bradford and Dr Sketchy's Hebden Bridge.
Lady Wildflower is an internationally acclaimed Burlesque artist who has toured the globe performing all over Europe, China and New York since 2008. She was voted in the Top 20 UK Burlesque Performers of 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 by 21st Century Burlesque. In 2018 she was placed No. 67 worldwide and No. 8 in the UK.
She was nominated for "Best British Burlesque Performer" at The Burlesque Awards and The Sexhibition Awards in 2016. An award-winning nipple tassel twirler: Lady Wildflower won "Best Technique" and first runner up at the Octbooberfest Tassel Twirling Championships at the 2016 Stockholm Burlesque Festival.
Wildflower is also the producer of The Frou Frou Club Burlesque & Cabaret Show, which has been entertaining audiences in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Manchester, Ramsbottom & Grimsby since 2011.
Wildflower is also a well respected and in demand Burlesque tutor. She teaches regular courses in Manchester and Leeds and travels the UK and internationally teaching workshops and one-to-one coaching. Several of her students have become in-demand, international, award-winning burlesque performers.
Heidi Bang Tidy's Bang Tidy Burlesque show has been a hit with audiences across Yorkshire over the last 5 years. Prior to retiring from stripping In 2017, Heidi's solo comedy burlesque performances were a celebration of British eccentricity with routines inspired by budgies and lollipop ladies. She performed solo and in a comedy double act, Tidy & Tips. HBT is now a much sought-after burlesque and cabaret compere, who is guaranteed to use the word "vagina" at least once during every show...
2019 marks the 7th year of Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival. What started as relatively small 2 day event has grown to be one of the biggest events of it's kind in Europe.
It takes place in the small picturesque West Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge and nearby Todmorden. Hebden Bridge is known for it's bohemian spirit and creativity. With its independent boutiques, organic cafes and independent art galleries set amongst the beautiful, quintessentially British cobbled streets and rolling wooded hills. Hebden Bridge has been labelled "The Greatest Town in Europe", "The 4th Funkiest Town in the World" and "The Lesbian Capital of the UK". HBBF is one of the town's many fabulous festivals, including the Happy Valley Pride.
If you are looking for a healthy portion of fabulous, featuring some of the best performers from the world of burlesque and alternative cabaret, served up with a great big dollop of Yorkshire hospitality, then Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival is the place to be.
Click HERE to listen to Dr Ellen Wright's podcast interview with HBBF producers Heidi Bang Tidy & Lady Wildflower.