FESTIVAL NEWS: Gearing up for the Best Music Festival yet!

After nearly a year of planning and prepping the wait for this year’s York’s Little Festival of Live Music is nearly over! The annual event, which will run from 22-30 September (excluding 25 and 26) on Parliament Street, York will feature 28 of the finest musicians and bands!

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The festival, which is currently in the running for four awards in this year’s Yorkshire Gig Guide Awards – Yorkshire’s Outstanding Festival, Yorkshire’s Outstanding Contribution, Yorkshire’s Outstanding Promoter and the People’s Choice Awards – continues to grow from strength to strength and is widely known as one of Yorkshire’s finest Music Festivals.

Ellen Cole the Curator of the festival says: “Each year we strive to offer our audiences a great musical experience and this year won’t disappoint. We have a wide range of musicians and bands on the line-up, some of which will be known and some of which will be unknown. We showcase the work of a diverse range of musicians as our aim is to inspire and encourage our audiences to actively go out and watch local, regional and national artists regardless of whether they have a record deal or not. There is a lot of talent not just in York, but also Yorkshire and beyond and the aim of our festival is to offer a platform for that talent. We showcase a wide genre of music from country to surf rock and from funk to folk, so that there is something for everyone to enjoy. Our September festival runs alongside the York Food and Drink Festival, which means there will be plenty of delicious local food and drink for everyone to enjoy.”

This year’s music festival will feature renowned performer Chris Helme, who first rose to prominence as the front man of John Squire’s post-Stone Roses band The Seahorses and has now carved out a hugely successful solo career; well-known prog-rock folk musician Heather Findlay; voice of an angel Edwina Hayes, who has won her reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana; big beat music collective Grinny Grandad, who have had their music aired on television and radio and regularly play at big festivals including Glastonbury. Other acts who will be performing include Toni Bunnell; Leather’o; Dan Webster; Joshua Burnell & Band; Supermoon; Laura Kindelan; Smith n Wallace; Fiona Lee; Paul Lewis; Simon Bolley Band; Slack Habits; Mulholland; The Bronze; Kitty VR; Bull; Andy Doonan; The Blueprints; Flora Greysteel; Kitsch; Atomic Raygun; the mesmerising Kymberley Kennedy; Unsigned Songwriter of the Year Winner Gracie Falls; renowned folk musician Boss Caine and North Lincolnshire’s folk extravaganza Ramble Gamble, who are returning to the festival after rave reviews in 2016!

Ellen goes on to say: “the line-up is phenomenal this year and we cannot wait to see what our audiences think. We pride ourselves on offering a family-friendly and fully inclusive event and each year to ensure that the venue is fully accessible so that everyone can get involved with our incredible festival. We even have bunting this year, which I for one cannot wait to hang up… I get pretty excited over little things!”

Entry into the festival is free of charge and everyone is welcome. Throughout the event, York’s Little Festival of Live Music will be fundraising for York Mind, a local charity which helps local people with mental ill-health. Any donations, however big or small, will be greatly appreciated.

York’s Little Festival of Live Music will take place from Friday 22 – Saturday 30 September (excluding 25 and 26 September) and the music will take place each evening from 5pm-9pm.

For more information go to: facebook.com/YorksLittleFestivalOfLiveMusic, follow on Twitter: @live_music_fest or email: yorkslivemusicfestival@gmail.com