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Festival Season

Summer is here and the country is gearing up for festival season.

With Glastonbury just finished, it doesn’t matter if you missed it as Yorkshire has plenty to offer.

All corners of the county are getting involved with the music scene this year as festivals in Yorkshire are becoming bigger and better.

First up is the Leeds Waterfront Festival. Every year, Leeds Waterfront Festival brings the people of Leeds to the heart of the city in a celebration of the history and culture of the city’s waterways. Spread over five miles along the canal and river on the last weekend of June, the festival showcases the heritage and history of Armley Mills, the spectacular location of Granary Wharf, a party atmosphere at Brewery Wharf, contemporary arts at The Tetley and the colourful and competitive Leeds Dock, with much more in between!

Celebrating its 10th birthday this year, the Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival takes place on the 30th June to the 2nd July. Since its inception back in 2007, the festival has grown year on year and to celebrate, the jazz and blues festival will be welcoming some very special guests from the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. Set in one of the UK’s finest Elizabethan stately piles, over 25 bands will provide a weekend of pure entertainment.

With ‘Dream Catch Me’ singer Newton Faulkner headlining this year’s event, Underneath the Stars Festival at Cannon Hall Farm is not to be missed! This has become a shining light in the summer festival calendar thanks to its relaxed and friendly atmosphere coupled with a large helping of down-to-earth northern charm. On the 21st July, the three-day festival will come alive with a fantastic array of food, crafts, workshops, stalls, stunning views, cosy campsites and of course, quality live music.

Turning the city of Sheffield into one big festival, Tramlines, first launched in 2009 has become a huge success over the years attracting some of the biggest artists from all over the UK. With performances taking place over five venues within Sheffield and headline act The Libertines coming to town, the atmosphere around the city promises to be electric.

In a picturesque location, close to the iconic Whitby Abbey on Yorkshire’s coastline, Whitby Rising returns for its second year. After the success of the inaugural event, singer-songwriter and festival creator Alistair Griffin has relocated the music event to the larger site of Stripes Farm on 22nd July. The musical line up will be headlined by Alistair himself, supported by The Voice’s Beth McCarthy and many more artists.

Another Yorkshire festival celebrating 10 years of success is Tribfest, at Sledmere House in East Yorkshire. Once again, 2017 will bring an amazing four days of music, frolics and fun. Tribfest is the summer’s biggest tribute band music festival! With the world’s best tribute bands, the organisers have prepared the ultimate fantasy line-up, chosen to cover a wide range of genres and age groups so everyone knows some of the music, or better still, all of it! As well as tribute bands, there’s plenty of other fantastic entertainment across the festival stages.

Following the enormous success of last year’s festival, Coastline returns, and this year they’re having a disco. The 19th August will see a celebration of the best of disco, funk and of course soul. Throughout the day there will be a host of great live bands and DJs playing the very best of these genres culminating in an out of this world finale by a generation defining headliner, the iconic funk/disco superstars, Heatwave!

Last but by no means least, is the world-renowned Leeds Festival. Heralded as one of the best music shows on the planet, with the most revered artists from across the globe playing each year over the August Bank Holiday weekend. It is a genuine rite of passage for discerning music lovers in this part of the country, including those who travel far and wide to witness Yorkshire’s biggest music festival at the famous Bramham Park. This year’s headliners are huge with Kasabian, Eminem and Muse rounding off each night.

This festival season, whatever the weather and whatever your pleasure – Yorkshire has got you covered.