Grammy Award winner Macy Gray and British pop-soul stars Lighthouse Family will join music legend Lionel Richie for the final night at the inaugural York Festival. They are the latest additions to a stellar line-up for the brand-new music festival which will be held at York Sports Club between Friday 19 June and Sunday 21 June.
Macy Gray first broke onto the scene in 1999 with her debut album On How Life Is. Inspired by Billie Holiday, the American R&B and soul singer-songwriter has a distinct and unmistakable voice. The single I Try achieved global acclaim and brought her a Grammy while the album On How Life Is sold an incredible seven million copies around the world.
In the 20 years since, Macy has amassed a global fan base, appeared in many films and TV shows and released 10 studio albums, most recently Ruby in 2018. As well as sold-out live shows and her own hit albums, she has featured on songs with other artists including Dolly Parton and Ariana Grande.
Lighthouse Family became one of the most successful British bands of the late 1990s and early 2000s, selling more than 10 million albums and producing the timeless hits Lifted, High and Ocean Drive.
The Newcastle-based duo, singer Tunde Baiyewu and keyboardist Paul Tucker, reached number 4 in the charts with their first single Lifted in 1995. The uplifting pop-soul classic went on to become one of the defining songs of the era.
Their six-times platinum debut album Ocean Drive was followed by further Top 10 albums and, after an 18-year hiatus, Tunde and Paul reunited last year, Blue Sky In Your Head is their fourth studio album and saw them return to the top 3 in the album charts.
York Festival director Peter Taylor said: “We are delighted to add both Macy Gray and Lighthouse Family to our debut line-up. Together with the global icon that is Lionel Richie this is going to be an amazing and unforgettable night.”
York Festival’s opening night headliners Madness will be joined by indie chart-toppers Lightning Seeds, Craig Charles with his famous Funk and Soul Club DJ set together with Leeds indie rockers Apollo Junction and York’s Violet Contours.
Joining Westlife on the Saturday night will be superstar pop group All Saints, Brit singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis Bextor, indie rock band Scouting for Girls and Take That’s Howard Donald, who will be spinning the discs for a very special DJ set.
For more information and tickets go to www.york-festival.com