Yorfest 2017 headliners

A Thousand Hallelujahs, Country Duo The Shires To Headline Yorfest 2017 at York Racecourse on Saturday 23rd Sept.

York’s premier summer festival, Yorfest, is set to return for its 3rd and largest gathering yet, and its organisers are delighted to present the UK’s Number One Country Act The Shires for a special full band headline, festival style concert at York Racecourse on Saturday 23rd Sept.

Comprised of singer-songwriters Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes, The Shires formed in 2013 after Earle posted a “There must be a country singer somewhere” message on Facebook seeking a partner, to which Rhodes responded.

They released their debut album Brave in 2015, becoming the first UK country act to chart in the Top 10 of the UK Album Charts. The group’s second album, My Universe became the fastest-selling UK country album in history when it was released in October 2016.

Across their two albums so far Ben and Crissie have had 5 A list singles at BBC Radio 2 and appeared in a string of high-profile TV shows including Graham Norton, BBC Music Awards, Children in Need Rocks and many more. They are to date the most successful UK Country Music Act ever.

Speaking ahead of today’s announcement, and the confirmation that Yorfest is back for another year, Yorfest event programmer, Bryan Stubbs, said:  “We’re delighted to be presenting The Shires in a unique outdoor environment where they will headline a packed and diverse bill of incredible music, featuring some of the best local, national and international acts York city has ever seen, all in one day.

“We’re set to announce yet more musical heavyweights in the coming weeks. Rest assured, the rest of the bill will not disappoint. Keep those eyes peeled for more news!”

In previous years, Yorfest has delivered The Lightning Seeds, The Pigeon Detectives, Slow Readers Club, The Sunshine Underground and many more established artists, so organisers have urged music fans to join them on Bustardthorpe Field on The Knavesmire for a truly unforgettable family day out again this September.

There will be a diverse selection of fine food and drink for sale on site, along with traditional festival fare.

Festival goers can also expect local real ales, a Champagne and Pimms Bar , Candy floss, Doughnuts and more, as well as a Kids play zone, face painting, and vintage fairground rides.

Tickets are priced at £30 per adult ticket, £20 for under 16’s and Under 5’s can enter for free.

Family tickets (2 adults and 2 under 16s) are priced at just £80.

Tickes are available from Fri 30th June 2017 from the following online outlets:

www.skiddle.co.uk  / www.ticketweb.com / www.seetickets.com


Gates to the event will open at Noon, with the show expected to finish at approximately 10:30 pm.