Major outdoor music festival planned for York – by the people who brought Britney to Scarborough

Played Scarbados… Britney Spears

Here’s some exciting news to warm up a freezing November day.

A major new outdoor music festival – headlined by a host of global stars – is coming to York next summer.

Concert promoters Cuffe and Taylor announced today (Monday) that York Festival will take place over three days between June 19th and 21st.

Both the star-studded line-up and festival venue will be announced next Monday (25 November).

Cuffe and Taylor director Peter Taylor said:

  • York is a wonderful city and we wanted to create something completely new for local people and visitors.

    York Festival will be three days of unmissable live music – headlined by top international artists. It’s going to be an amazing new annual event and we cannot wait to reveal all on Monday November 25!

Leading live entertainment

Rod Steward played York Racecourse. Photograph: Rod Stewart on Twitter
Cuffe and Taylor are part of Live Nation – one of the world’s leading live entertainment companies – and have extensive experience of staging major concerts in Yorkshire.

They famously brought Britney Spears’ headline show to Scarborough Open Air Theatre in 2018 and staged Rod Stewart’s sell-out gig at York Racecourse earlier this year.

Together with exclusively programming all music acts at Scarborough Open Air Theatre, and staging tours across the UK with the likes of Britney, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey and Little Mix, Cuffe and Taylor also created the hugely successful Lytham Festival which, this summer, celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Peter added:

  • We have grown Lytham Festival year on year and this year we welcomed more than 70,000 people over five nights to see headliners ranging from Stereophonics and Rod Stewart to Kylie Minogue and a string of West End stars perform a glittering Proms concert.

    York Festival will not only be brilliant for local people but for the city itself. The calibre of artists we have lined up for next summer are without doubt going to be a massive draw for visitors.

Key event for 2020

The same organisers have staged Lytham Festival for ten years. Photograph: Cuffe and Taylor
Cuffe and Taylor are working closely with York City Council and Make It York, which showcases and promotes the historic city around the world.

Welcoming York Festival, Sean Bullick, managing director of Make It York, said: “York is ripe for a music festival of this size and stature and so this is really exciting news.

“We are delighted to be working with the Cuffe and Taylor team on what we feel sure will become a popular annual event both for York residents and for attracting visitors to the city.

“We are keen to see more opportunities to celebrate and showcase local talent as well as bringing major global artists to York – and this festival is set to be a key event in the 2020 calendar.”

More details on the York Festival website.

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