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A mini-guide to music festivals in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 17:39 16 January 2017 | UPDATED: 17:39 16 January 2017

Tribfest, Sledmere House Photo Neil Holmes

Tribfest, Sledmere House Photo Neil Holmes

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Not sure where to go this year for the best festival experience? We’ve got it covered in our mini guide to Yorkshire festivals for 2017.

A champion band - Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band A champion band - Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band

17-19 February


It’s a fresh new look for this coastal arts festival in Scarborough. The theme is the unexpected but do expect to see new and exciting artwork, music and performances in unusual places.


4 & 5 March

Yorkshire Brass Band Championships

More than 60 bands will be competing at Huddersfield Town Hall, all seeking the opportunity to represent Yorkshire at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. It’s the battle of the giants including Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, Grimethorpe Colliery and Rothwell Temperance Band.

01484 225755


5-7 May

Holmfirth Festival of Folk

The festival’s music sessions, concerts, sing-arounds, folk clubs and workshops take place various venues in Holmfirth and most events are free. Organisers produce a community based festival and like to involve schools, local talent, supported by local businesses and a small army of volunteers.


27 May-10 June

Swaledale Festival

A two-week festival that attracts some of the finest classical musicians from across the world.

Contact best by email enquiries@swalefest.org swaledale-festival.org.uk

16-18 June

Beverley Folk Festival

Award-winning, critically acclaimed contemporary folk artist Ben Maggs is confirmed for this year’s event at Beverley Racecourse along with singer-songwriter Kelly Oliver plus many more. 01377 219112 beverleyfolkfestival.com

16 June-1 July

Grassington Festival

Two weeks of music and arts in the Yorkshire Dales. Headline acts announced so far include Clare Teal and her Hollywood Orchestra, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, the Heath Quartet and booked for a gala concert are Raphael Wallfisch and Ben Crick; plus Bananarama appearing at the Last Night Party. 01756 752691 grassington-festival.org.uk

15-17 July

Hull Folk and Maritime Festival

A showcase for more than 70 local, national and international acts, performing mostly free of charge at a variety of venues; there will be sing-around and tunes sessions in local pubs as well as folk dance team displays, while several historic vessels will be moored up in the Marina, providing public access and hosting performances. Running alongside the event will be the Minerva Real Ale Festival, with over 60 top quality beers to choose from. hull2017.co.uk/whatson/events/hull-folk-maritime-festival

21-23 July

Deershed Festival

An unconventional family friendly music festival at Baldersby Park, Topcliffe with a line-up that promises to be ‘as thrilling and contemporary as you will find at any UK festival…share that thrill with your kids and feel perfectly safe at the same time’ says the website. deershedfestival.com

25-27 August

Leeds Festival

Bramham Park’s music extravaganza near Wetherby has Muse, Major Laser and Bastile as headline acts with more to be announced. leedsfestival.com

17-20 August


This is thought to be the biggest tribute band festival in the world aimed at entertaining all the family and celebrating its 11th year in the parkland at Sledmere House, East Yorkshire. tribfest.co.uk

28 August

Leeds West Indian Carnival

This time preparations for the colourful Bank Holiday event are extra special as the anticipation builds for the carnival’s 50th anniversary. Fabulous costumes plus tastes, sights and sounds that make Leeds West Indian Carnival one of Europe’s most adored Caribbean carnivals. leedscarnival.co.uk

1-3 September

Freedom Festival

Freedom Festival will conclude the ‘Freedom Season’ during Hull’s City of Culture celebrations. Ambitious plans are under way, and discussions – with extraordinary artists, producers and musicians, thinkers and innovators from Hull, the UK and across the globe – are in motion. freedomfestival.co.uk

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