Dancing your Valentine’s night away

The Shaking Whips''credit Jack Owen
The Shaking Whips''credit Jack Owen
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IF you thought Valentine’s Day was all about gushy cards, bad chocolates and cooey couples, think again.

The Washington is hosting an unromantic, dance-your-socks off festival, appropriately entitled Stop the Wedding.

Stop the Wedding, which runs from today (Thursday February 14) until Saturday, features live art from artists such as CoLour - whose work will also be on exhibition, a table top sale of products by local craftsmen and women, a raffle to raise money for the Sheffield Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers and a list of live bands as long as your arm.

The event has been organised by Shaking Whips star Laura Burn Acaster and Sheffield arts collective Knife and Folk.

“We wanted to organise an event that went against the grain,” says Burn Acaster. “I’m not really down with the commercialisation of love and making money from people’s feelings. It’s always fun to do something a bit different and get people’s attention.”

The event is packed with DJ sessions and numerous live performances from bands including the Hipshakes, Canyon Family, Leeds-based Azoures, Former Bullies, the Tempertons, Audrey Horne and Burn Acaster’s very own ballsy bluesy outfit Shaking Whips.

“I always wanted to put on a festival with bands who could play as loud as they wanted to,” she says. “The bands all go together in my head, there’s garage, blues, shoe gaze and the Knife and Folk element is funk and hip hop.”

So, ditch the red roses and head down to the Washington, Fitzwilliam Street this weekend. Bands start at 8pm and on Saturday the day kicks off with the Knife and Folk table top sale at 2pm.