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Grand Northern Ukulele Festival

Grand Northern Ukulele Festival More than just a ukulele festival!

Grand Northern Ukulele Festival (GNUF) is an annual arts & music festival that takes place in Huddersfield in May each year. It is a multi-award-winning festival, having been named, "Best Ukulele Festival" in the UK's UKE Magazine Awards and having received a Queen's Award for Voluntary Organisations and the Epic Award for England. It is a volunteer-run event that is known for showcasing world-class performers from across the UK and around the world. The GNUF team work with established favourites, introduce new talent to wider audiences and commission new pieces that bring people together in creative ways.

The festival has multiple stages, each unique (ranging from the main auditorium in the Lawrence Batley Theatre, to Vinyl Tap’s basement with others in between). There are also a number of pop-up stages & events created to give artists the freedom to take risks and to give audiences the chance to see something unexpected.

Each year, a wide range of music playing and making workshops keeps participants on their toes (and smiling). In 2018, the festival introduced a range of no-uke-necessary workshops as a way of recognising the many things that influence great performances. Those new workshops explore things like photography, stagecraft, harmonising & clowning. Led by our performers, each workshop offers participants close engagement with some of the world’s top artists in their field.

GNUF has built its reputation on delivering a truly engaging and participatory festival with opportunities for people to have exceptional experiences of the arts and to make real connections. Don’t miss out on the fun!


"Soopa Doopa festival – brilliant acts, great workshops, really smooth organisation but above all it was just plain fun ! I loved the relaxed and good natured attitude across the board. Already got my tickets!"

"I have travelled the world in search of the ultimate ukulele festivals. GNUF is the absolutely, hands down, best one I have been to! Brilliant workshops, performers, merch market! And the most welcoming, friendly Uke players to be found anywhere! Just go!"


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GNUF has Landed! / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-05-10T00:00:00Z">Fri 10 May 2019</span>GNUF has Landed! / Fri 10 May 2019

Grand Northern Ukulele Festival has landed! Grand Northern Ukulele Festival (GNUF) has begun with hundreds of ukulele players from all over the world arriving in Huddersfield. What started as a small two day event ...

GNUF Shortlisted for an Epic Award from Voluntary Arts / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2018-02-28T00:00:00Z">Wed 28 Feb 2018</span>GNUF Shortlisted for an Epic Award from Voluntary Arts / Wed 28 Feb 2018

Stop Press! We are one of 32 projects in England that have been shortlisted for an Epic Award from Voluntary Arts. It means a lot to us because it's a result the work we've been doing to reach wider & more diverse audien...

Queens Award for Voluntary Service given to GNUF! / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2017-06-05T00:00:00Z">Mon 05 Jun 2017</span>Queens Award for Voluntary Service given to GNUF! / Mon 05 Jun 2017

As a volunteer-run, non-profit ukulele festival, we are overjoyed to announce that we have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. We beli...

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GNUF 2019 - A Grand Northern Ukulele Festival / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-05-09T00:00:00Z">Thu 09</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2019-05-12T00:00:00Z">Sun 12 May 2019</span> <span>(4 days)</span>GNUF 2019 - A Grand Northern Ukulele Festival / Thu 09 to Sun 12 May 2019 (4 days)

More fun that you could shake a ukulele at! After 7 successful years, GNUF (A Grand Northern Ukulele Festival) returns to Huddersfield with the world's best in ukulele music as well a loads of new & exciting things tak...

GNUF 2018 - A Grand Northern Ukulele Festival / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2018-05-11T00:00:00Z">Fri 11</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2018-05-13T00:00:00Z">Sun 13 May 2018</span> <span>(3 days)</span>GNUF 2018 - A Grand Northern Ukulele Festival / Fri 11 to Sun 13 May 2018 (3 days)

After 5 successful years, GNUF (A Grand Northern Ukulele Festival) returns to Huddersfield with some properly new & exciting things taking place. In addition to bringing some of the world's best ukulele players to town, ...

2017 Grand Northern Ukulele Festival! / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2017-05-05T00:00:00Z">Fri 05</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2017-05-07T00:00:00Z">Sun 07 May 2017</span> <span>(3 days)</span>2017 Grand Northern Ukulele Festival! / Fri 05 to Sun 07 May 2017 (3 days)

A Grand Northern Ukulele Festival (GNUF) is much more than just a ukulele gathering. It’s a properly unique festival that belongs to every one of its punters, players and makers. We couldn’t let a landmark like a 5th bir...