The first ever York Festival has been announced with a superstar line-up. International icon Lionel Richie, pop idols Westlife and British legends Madness will headline the first ever three-day music festival to be held at York Sports Club between Friday 19 June and Sunday 21 June 2020.

Madness will have the honour of headlining the first night. Suggs and co have chalked up no fewer than 15 UK Top 10 singles and seven Top 10 albums, 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 very own Violet Contours.


Westlife headline on the Saturday night as part of their UK-wide Stadiums in the Summer Tour. The UK’s top selling album group of the 21st century will perform classic hits such as Swear It Again, Flying Without Wings and You Raise Me Up together with new songs from their forthcoming album Spectrum.

Joining Westlife on the night will be chart-topping girl band All Saints, 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.

Westlife to headline York Festive
Westlife to headline York Festive

Sunday night headliner is none other than four-time Grammy Award-winner Lionel Richie. Richie will perform the much-loved hits from his extensive solo catalogue and the Commodores across his 40-plus year career.

“This is the very first York Festival,” said York Festival director Peter Taylor, “so we wanted to make this a very special debut year.

“To have Lionel Richie, Westlife and Madness as headliners, alongside many other brilliant chart-topping artists, is a real coup. We feel this is the perfect line-up for the first year of what we hope will become a major annual event in this wonderful and historic city. We cannot wait for Friday 19 June and the opening night. This really is going to be a weekend to remember!”

The York Festival will be staged at York Sports Club, situated at Clifton Park – the home of York RUFC, York Cricket Club, York Tennis Club and York Squash Club.

Nigel Durham, Trustee of York Sports Club and Chairman of York Cricket Club, is delighted to be hosting this major new event for the city of York.

“An historic city the size and stature of ours truly deserves a high-profile music festival like this,” he said. “To be attracting such massive stars as Lionel Richie, Westlife and Madness is just brilliant. And with the festival being staged in the heart of the city, right here at York Sports Club, this really will capture the imagination and be a great thing for the city, residents, local businesses and visitors.”

Concert promoters Cuffe and Taylor are working closely with City of York Council and Make It York, which showcases and promotes the city around the world.

Welcoming the York Festival line-up, Sean Bullick, managing director of Make It York, added: “York Festival will be a brilliant addition to the city’s already busy calendar of summer events for both residents and visitors to enjoy. Welcoming such music legends and chart-topping artists, as well as showcasing local talent, is another step forward for York’s cultural offer and we are delighted to help spread the word to audiences.”

Individual tickets, priced from £39.50, and three-day day passes for the York Festival, priced from £129, are on sale now. A range of exclusive VIP offers are also available.



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