James Arthur and Busted will perform in York this summer.

They are the first headliners to be announced for this year’s Music Showcases at York Racecourse.

More acts will be confirmed later.


York Racecourse head of marketing James Brennan revealed the gig on Minster FM Breakfast with Ben Fry. He said:

  • Busted are a band we’ve been keen to have at York Racecourse for some time as we know the crowds will know and love the music and the party atmosphere they’ll provide after some great racing at Summer Music Saturday.

    With James Arthur, everyone at the course is really excited that a Northern boy made good is set to play York. Add in the spectacle of the racing itself and we hope it will prove a summer day to savour.

Busted lowdown

Busted in York

Busted, a trio from Essex, had four UK number-one singles, won two Brit awards and have released four studio albums.

Their number one singles include What I Go To School For, You Said No and Crash The Wedding.

For two years two of the band, Matt Willis and James Bourne, toured with McFly as supergroup McBusted.

Reunited as a trio they recorded their fourth album Half Way There, which was released on 1 February.

They will play after racing on Sat 29 June.

Bound for York – Busted

James Arthur lowdown

James Arthur in York

James Arthur won The X Factor in 2012, and his debut single Impossible sold more than 1.4m copies in the UK.

The Middlesbrough lad released a second studio album, Back From The Edge in 2016.

More recent hits include Say You Won’t Let Go in 2016 – now one of the top 20 most streamed songs in the history of Spotify – and Rewrite The Stars with Anne-Marie last year, from The Greatest Showman: Reimagined.

Arthur has picked up many music awards and nominations.

Popular gigs

Enjoy the music with some winnings in your pocket… Photograph: York Racecourse
The Music Showcase events have become a popular part of the city’s entertainment calendar.

Last summer, Paloma Faith and Boyzone were huge hits. But Sir Tom Jones’ July gig was cancelled at the last minute after storms prevented his trip north by helicopter.