FESTIVAL NEWS: Buskathon! – Last-minute Music Festival for York’s Little Festival of Live Music

Fast becoming one of the top music festivals in the city of York, York’s Little Festival of Live Music last Friday took on the challenge to prepare and deliver a high quality 16-hour music festival with only seven days notice. The festival will run alongside Visit York’s Easter Family Festival on Parliament Street from 25th-28th March.

Leather'o who will be playing at Buskathon!

The event, which has been titled ‘Buskathon!’, will showcase some of the finest musicians not just from York, but also from further afield including acts from Leeds, Hull and Manchester, who were keen to get involved with the last minute music project.

Ellen Cole, Festival Director of York’s Little Festival of Live Music, says: “I was asked last Friday afternoon if I could prepare 16 hours of music for the event and being the sort of person who is always up for a challenge, I grabbed it with both hands. Don’t get me wrong, I spent the rest of the day panicking and didn’t get to sleep that night, but I am incredibly passionate about events management and am keen to show what you can achieve when you put your mind to something.”

The line-up for Buskathon! includes gypsy-folk group Leather’o, country duo Mulholland, Pen and Stu, Gracie Falls, The Bronze, Red Sky, Sam Firth, Simon Bolley, Smith n Wallace, Kitty VR, Gobbledigook, Maggie Wakeling, Carrie Martin, Dave Gorman, and York-renowned legends David Ward Maclean and Boss Caine.

Throughout the event, the festival will be raising funds for York Mind – a charity which helps local people with mental ill-health.

Buskathon! will take place each day between 25th-28th March on Parliament Street from 11am-3pm and admission is free.

York’s Little Festival of Live Music will be staging their annual festival in Parliament Street in late September and have already received just over 600 applications from musicians and bands, who wish to perform at the festival’s main event. The deadline for applications is 31st March and those interested in applying should email: yorkslivemusicfestival@gmail.com.

For more information on Buskathon! and their annual September event visit the York’s Little Festival Of Live Music Facebook Page or follow them on Twitter: @live_music_fest

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