As the weather begins to slowly warm up, and with festivals announcing new line-ups weekly and releasing tickets for sale, it’s time to plan your 2017 summer of music. This year we are lucky to have a wide selection of festivals in the York and Leeds area and celebrating a wide range of musical tastes.
By Sophie Grace
Photo: Heather Findlay via PowerofProg.com
1. Girl Power at York’s Little Festival of Live Music
One of the first festivals happening this year aims to promote female power. York’s Little Festival of Live Music are hosting their six hour, live music showcase at the Black Swan Inn on Saturday 4 March. Having received 103 applications from female talent from across the North of England all keen to play at the event. The Festival, which was recently named York’s Outstanding Festival of the Year, spent three weeks whittling the numbers down to six acts.
This unique event will feature Gracie Falls, a country and folk performer who recently won UK Unsigned Songwriter of the Year, alternative Celtic, gypsy band Leather’o, which will feature a one-off full female line-up, folk and blues harpist Sarah Dean, acoustic singer-songwriter Rachel Croft, folk musician Holly Taymar from the band The Bronze and renowned prog-rock folk performer Heather Findlay, who fronted the well-known band Mostly Autumn.
Entry into the event is free of charge, however a suggested donation of £5 to the Kyra Women’s Project – a local charity which supports women to overcome challenge and make changes in their lives – would be greatly appreciated.
More information found here.
2. Punk Rock at Slam Dunk Festival
One of the bigger punk rock festivals happening this summer is the Slam Dunk Festival on 28 May in various Leeds venues. The festival will be headlined by the searing electronic masterminds Enter Shikari as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of their monumental debut album Take To The Skies.
The full line-up to date includes: Enter Shikari, Neck Deep, Beartooth, Tonight Alive, Citizen, Turnover, Set It Off, Against Me! The Bronx, Goldfinger, Mad Caddies, Memphis May Fire, The Movielife, Don Broco, Bowling For Soup, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Cute Is What We Aim For, We The Kings, I Prevail, Ice Nine Kills, Oceans Ate Alaska, Trophy Eyes, Like Pacific.
Tickets and more information can be found here.
3. The Big Festival Experience at Bramham Park
One of the biggest festivals in the UK, Leeds and Reading Festival, can be found close to home taking place between 25 and 27 August at Bramham Park. The two big headliners announced include stadium rock royalty, Muse, and rock juggernauts, Kasabian. Muse are one of the most influential and revered live bands of modern times. Led by the commanding presence of front-man Matt Bellamy, the trio have taken to the biggest stages around the world with their interstellar anthems for over 22 years, and their return to Reading & Leeds promises to be yet another landmark moment in their storied career.
Kasabian stand as one of the biggest and most beloved British bands of the 21st century. Their unmistakable modern-day rock & roll anthems have seen them reinvent themselves from the vintage classics of West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, through to the electro-infused party starters of recent album 48:13. A band leading the charge in modern British rock. Their UK Festival Exclusive performance at Reading & Leeds will mark an invigorating new chapter for a defining band of our time.
Other acts include Korn, Flume, Fatboy Slim, At The Drive-In, Tory Lanez, Jimmy Eat World and many more.
More information can be found here.