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December 2019


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York Festival is looking to help raise thousands of pounds for good causes by supporting and celebrating the historic city’s charity champions.

Global icon Lionel Richie, pop superstars Westlife and British music legends Madness will headline next summer’s brand-new live music festival staged at York Sports Club between Friday June 19th and Sunday June 21st.

And York Festival organisers – concert promoters Cuffe and Taylor – have today launched a search for a range of charity partners who will all benefit financially from the three-day festival.

So, if you are involved with a charity based in or around York get in touch now to find out how York Festival can help you!

Cuffe and Taylor director Peter Taylor said: “We are incredibly excited about York Festival. This is going to be three amazing days of live music in this wonderful and historic city – headlined by a host of global stars.

“We also want to help raise funds and exposure for local good causes. Over the last decade we have worked with a number of fantastic charity partners at our events right across the UK. Through these partnerships we have helped raise more than £100,000 and we are now looking for charities based in and around York who we can work with.

“York Festival is going to be something really special. What will make it extra special is if we can help good causes in the city.”

The three chosen charity partners will be able collect donations in the York Festival arena and will be promoted in the lead up to and throughout the festival weekend. To register your interest in becoming a charity partner please email

Cuffe and Taylor famously brought Britney Spears’ headline show to Scarborough Open Air Theatre in 2018 and staged Rod Stewart’s massive 2019 sell-out gig at York Racecourse.

They also set up Lytham Festival in Lancashire which has worked with a number of charities over the past decade. They include Blackpool-based Trinity Hospice and Brian House Children’s Hospice which has benefited to the tune of £50,000 through the relationship.

Trinity Hospice Community fundraising manager Michelle Lonican said: “We feel very honoured to have worked with Cuffe and Taylor on a number of their high-profile events. Their support for both Trinity Hospice and Brian House has been phenomenal, and not only have we been able to raise thousands of pounds, every event has always been a fantastic opportunity for us to increase our profile and attract new supporters.

“It is great to see Cuffe and Taylor launching a new festival in York and we would urge charities there to apply to become a partner and get involved in what will no doubt be a very successful event.”

York Festival has a stellar line-up in its debut year.

Opening night headliners Madness, who 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 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.

Sunday night headliner is 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 – from his hit-making days with the Commodores right up to the present day.

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Supergrass announce headline show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre

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Supergrass are back – and they are heading to Scarborough Open Air Theatre in Summer 2020.

The BRIT, Q, NME and Ivor Novello award-winning band reformed earlier this year and will play the UK’s largest open air arena on Saturday June 20.

Tickets go on sale via  at 9am on Friday December 20.

Supergrass declared their improbable comeback in September in a suitably bold manner, taking to the stage unannounced at Glastonbury Pilton Party to rip through a mesmerizing greatest hits’ set, including Richard III, Moving, Alright, Caught By The Fuzz and more.

 They followed this with the announcement that a career spanning Best Of package ‘Supergrass: The Strange Ones 1994-2008’ will be released in January followed by a massive UK Tour in 2020.

Drummer Danny Goffey says: “Everything aligned for us to make this happen for 2020. It was the first time that we collectively felt the buzz to get back in a room together and play the songs. We’re extremely excited to get out there and bring a bit of Supergrass joy to all our fans… and their extended families.”

Supergrass are Goffey, Gaz Coombes, Mick Quinn and Rob Coombes. Formed in Oxford UK in 1993, this seminal British group released their Mercury-nominated No.1 debut album I Should Coco in 1995. Fourth single, Alright, was a pop masterpiece and became a massive hit, catapulting the band to global success.

Supergrass subsequently released another five acclaimed studio albums In It For The Money (1997), Supergrass (1999), Life On Other Planets (2002), Road To Rouen (2005), Diamond Hoo Ha (2008) as well as Top 5 Best Of Supergrass Is 10 (2004).

Other top 20 singles include Lenny, Going Out, Richard III, Sun Hits The Sky, Pumping On Your Stereo, Moving and Grace. They scored an unbroken run of five Top 10 albums, among them three platinum sellers generating millions of worldwide sales spawning ten Top 20 singles and scored the biggest-selling debut for Parlophone since The Beatles.

Supergrass split in 2010, though the band members have gone on to lead successful solo careers. Gaz Coombes released solo albums Here Come The Bombs in 2012, Matador, 2015 and World’s Strongest Man, 2018. Mick Quinn has been playing with his own group, DB Band, and has been a member of Swervedriver since 2015. Danny Goffey released solo material including album Schtick in 2018.

‘Supergrass: The Strange Ones 1994-2008’ – a comprehensive box set marking the 25th anniversary of I Should Coco – is a celebration of the band’s incredible career and is released on BMG on January 24. It contains their 6 original albums on picture disc LP and CD, bonus CDs of unreleased live material, B-sides, remixes, rarities, studio out-takes, demos, acoustic versions, oddities, new mixes, a deluxe book, posters and button badges.

Tickets for Supergrass at Scarborough Open Air Theatre go on general sale at 9am on Friday, December 20 via
They can also be purchased, in person, from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).


Lionel Richie is back for an unforgettable night

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Music icon Lionel Richie is returning to the Yorkshire coast next summer for a not-to-be-missed headline show at the UK’s largest open air arena.

The global superstar is today delighted to reveal he will bring his stunning live show to Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Tuesday June 9.

Tickets go on sale via  at 9am on Wednesday December 18th.

This will be the second time Lionel has headlined Scarborough Open Air Theatre following his sold-out show at the Yorkshire coast venue in 2018.

Lionel said: “It was a truly wonderful night on the Yorkshire coast in 2018 and I cannot wait to return to this beautiful part of the UK again. It’s going to be another night to remember – so bring you’re dancing shoes!”

Performing hits from his extensive and much-loved repertoire, all the way from his days with the Commodores to the present day, Lionel’s shows are world renowned for their party atmosphere.

Fans will be able to enjoy timeless mega-hits and sing along to classics such as Three Times A Lady, Truly, Dancing on the Ceiling, Say You Say Me, Hello and All Night Long.

Lionel Richie has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and is also the proud recipient of an Oscar®, a Golden Globe® and four Grammy Awards®. He recently received the Ivor Novello PRS for Music Special International Award.

His All the Hits, All Night Long tour sold out arenas worldwide with a set list of his brightest and best anthems. In recent years, he also headlined festivals including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and Glastonbury, drawing the festival’s biggest crowd ever with more than 200,000 attendees.

This past summer, he took fans on a spectacular musical journey with his new album – Live from Las Vegas – which hit top spot on the Billboard Artist 100 chart.

His Scarborough Open Air Theatre show is presented by Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “Lionel Richie is an undoubted global superstar and we are delighted to be able to bring him back here to Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

“His 2018 sold-out Scarborough OAT show was the stuff of legend. It was a brilliant night in the presence of one of the most successful and celebrated music artists of all time.

“This is going to be another amazing night and I would advise fans not to hang around in getting their tickets.”

Tickets for Lionel Richie at Scarborough Open Air Theatre go on general sale at 9am on Wednesday, December 18th via

They can also be purchased, in person, from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

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