York Festival: Incredible Line Up Of Big Names And Good Causes

York Festival 2020 Charities

International superstars and local charities shoulder to shoulder at the inaugral York Festival

by Steve Crabtree / @stevecrab

York Festival, the historic city’s major new three-day music event, will support no fewer than five local charities this summer.

Global icon Lionel Richie, pop superstars Westlife and British music legends Madness will headline the brand-new festival at York Sports Club between Friday June 19th and Sunday June 21st. Lightning Seeds, All Saints, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Scouting for Girls among many others will be there too.

There’ll be three days of unmissable live music. And it’s hoped thousands of pounds will be raised for local good causes.

York Festival 2020 Charities


Festival organisers Cuffe and Taylor are today delighted to announce they have selected St Leonard’s Hospice and The Snappy Trust as York Festival’s first ever official charity partners. These charities will be joined at the festival by the Lord Mayor of York’s three chosen annual charities. This means festival goers will be supporting the work of five local good causes. The mayoral charities will be announced when Cllr Chris Cullwick takes over civic duties from current Lord Mayor Cllr Janet Looker in May.

York Festival director Peter Taylor said: “We are absolutely delighted York Festival will be supporting five local charities and good causes in its first year.  Together with St Leonard’s and The Snappy Trust, we are really pleased to be working with the Lord Mayor’s charities. Representatives from all will be at the festival. And we would urge festivals goers to do what they can to support these very worthy causes”.

St Leonard’s Hospice this year is celebrates its 35th anniversary. It provides specialist palliative care and support for local people with life limiting illnesses. As well as offering in-patient care and its [email protected] service, which allows people with to be cared for in their own homes, the Tadcaster Road-based hospice offers bereavement counselling, occupational therapy and spiritual care.

The Snappy Trust (Special Needs Activities and Play Provision for York) supports children and young people with wide-ranging disabilities, from across the York area.  ​It now helps youngsters by maximising personal development and providing good quality play and recreational opportunities for children and young people with special needs. 

York Festival 2020 Charities

“A stellar line-up”

York Festival has a stellar line-up in its debut year. Opening night headliners  are Madness, who have chalked up no fewer than 15 UK Top 10 singles and seven Top 10 albums. They’ll be joined by indie chart-toppers Lightning Seeds, Craig Charles with his famous Funk and Soul Club DJ set. Leeds indie rockers Apollo Junction and York’s very own Violet Contours are also on the bill.

Westlife headline on the Saturday night as part of their UK-wide Stadiums in the Summer Tour. The Irish boyband will perform classic hits such as ‘Swear It Again’, ‘Flying Without Wings’ and ‘You Raise Me Up’. Fans will also hear new songs from their forthcoming album Spectrum.

Joining Westlife on the night will be superstar pop group All Saints. Brit singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis Bextor and indie rock band Scouting for Girls join them, plus Take That’s Howard Donald will be spinning the discs for a very special DJ set.

And then Oh! What a feeling! The Sunday night headliner will be none other than international superstar Lionel Richie. The four-time Grammy Award-winner will perform a hit-packed concert that covers his extensive and much-loved repertoire. ‘Hello’, ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’ and ‘Easy’ will please the crowd. And Richie will deliver a setlist that covers his hit days with the Commodores right up to his current work.

For more information and tickets go to www.york-festival.com


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