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What's On in Yorkshire during August 2019

PUBLISHED: 10:31 31 July 2019

Enjoy a day at York Racecourse this month

Enjoy a day at York Racecourse this month

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Events and entertainment around the county chosen for you by Tony Greenway

FESTIVALS

August 2-4

Underneath the Stars

Kate Rusby always appears on the bill of this popular folky festival - but, then, that's fair enough because it was established by Rusby's production company. This year, she's joined by The Proclaimers (who are also playing Leeds later in the month) and Billy Bragg, The Unthanks, Hop and Social, Coco and the Butterfields and lots more besides. Actress and writer Ruth "Gavin and Stacey" Jones also appears for 'an audience with' evening.

Cinderhill Farm, Cawthorne, near Barnsley, underthestarsfest.co.uk

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August 3-4

Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend

An annual rally - now in its 37th year - for vintage, veteran and classic jalopies, with 800 cars, motorcycles, military and commercial vehicles expected.

Calder Holmes Park, 01422 842597, hebdenbridge-vintage
weekend.org.uk

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August 9-11

Bradford Food and Drink Festival

Children's entertainment, live music, a food court hub - and, of course, lots of stalls featuring local producers. What's not to like?

Bradford City Centre

pjjevents.co.uk

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August 11

Leeds Ska & Mod Festival

Buster Bloodvessel (possibly not his real name), the lead singer of UK two-tone and ska legends Bad Manners, is - literally - half the man he used to be: he's lost an awful lot of weight from his 1980s Lip Up Fatty days. You can check him out yourself when Bad Manners play this festival on Millennium Square. Also appearing are From the Jam 
(The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, but definitely not Paul Weller), Death of Guitar Pop (who have been called 'the next Madness', despite the fact that we already have one) and south London ska maestros, The Dualers.

Millennium Square, Leeds, 0113 376 0318, millsqleeds.com

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August 23-25

Leeds Festival

Over 40? Don't like crowds, loud noises and portable toilets? Then, grandad, you need not apply for this three-day music extravaganza at Bramham Park, now celebrating its 20th anniversary. Of course, if you do like all of those things (even if you're over 40), then you'll enjoy gawping at main headliners Foo Fighters, The 1975, Post Malone and Twenty One Pilots. Also are on the bill are Bastille, Chvrches, Steflon Don, Camelphat and Bowling for Soup.

Bramham Park, leedsfestival.com

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August 28-September

Freedom Festival

Hull puts on a big cultural show again, with a festival - now in its 12th year - featuring theatre, circus, dance, music, talks, visual art, exhibitions, debates and more. A big part of the event is the Hull International Carnival on Sunday, which winds its way to Zebedee's Yard, where there will be community music, DJs and live bands. For the full festival programme, check out the website.

Hull, 01482 214036, freedomfestival.co.uk

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RACING

August 21-24

Ebor Festival

The big event in the York horse-racing calendar: the Juddmonte International, Darley Yorkshire Oaks & Ladies Day, Coolmore Nunthorpe and Sky Bet Ebor.

York Racecourse, 01904 620911, yorkracecourse.co.uk

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EVENTS

August 1

Yorkshire Day Heritage Tour

It's Yorkshire Day, so celebrate with a tour around the newly refurbished St George's Concert Hall, and find out more about the artists who have been performing there since (and doesn't time fly?) 1853.

St George's Hall, Bradford, 01274 432000, bradford-theatres.co.uk

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CHILDREN

Until August 24

Billy Shakes: Wonder Boy!

Grown-ups: you should see at least one play at the special pop-up Shakespearean theatre in York this summer (productions are Hamlet, The Tempest, Henry V and Twelfth Night). If you want to give younger children a Shakespearean taster, however, then local company Wrongsemble are appearing in the 'groundlings' courtyard in the mornings to perform a 50-minute show for anyone aged four and above. Expect slapstick comedy, songs and "a wealth of brilliantly barmy historical inaccuracies."

Rose Theatre, York shakespearesrose
theatre.com/york

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THEATRE

July 26th-August 24h

Swallows and Amazons

Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy (you know: National Express, Generation Sex and Something for the Weekend) wrote the music for this production of Arthur Ransome's children's classic. By the by, The Divine Comedy will be playing live this October (15th) at Leeds Beckett University.

York Theatre Royal, 01904 623568, yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

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July 29-August 3

Avenue Q

A long-running Broadway puppet show that's definitely not for kids, even though the 'cast' look as though they've just stepped out of Sesame Street. Put it this way: characters include "Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his closet gay Republican roommate, Rod" and two of the songs are entitled The Internet is for Porn and Everyone's a Little Bit Racist. Suitable for ages of 14 and over, then.

Lyceum Sheffield, 0114 249 6000, sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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August 19-24

Nigel Slater's Toast

The real-life childhood memoirs of cookery writer Nigel Slater, adapted for the stage. Sharp, funny and a little bit sad, too. Tip: don't go feeling hungry.

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, 01484 430528 thelbt.org

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OPERA

August 23rd-27th

Leeds Opera Festival

Featuring a production of Much Ado About Nothing; three Falstaff operas (by Verdi, Salieri and Balfe); and a concert featuring the work of Henry Rowley Bishop, the leading Victorian composer of Shakespeare operas.

Various venues northernoperagroup.co.uk

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MUSICALS

August 19-24

Rocky Horror Show

Richard O'Brien's brilliant gender-bending horror musical rides again with this starry-ish production: Duncan James from Blue plays Dr Frank N Furter; Strictly Come Dancing professional champion Joanne Clifton is Janet, and Steve Punt - from Punt and Dennis - is the narrator ("It's just a jump to the left", etc).

Leeds Grand Theatre 0844 848 2700 leedsgrandtheatre.com

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FILM

August 3

Grease Sing-a-Long

A hit Seventies musical which made John Travolta look cool, despite the fact that his legs are clearly made out of pipe cleaners. This is a sing-a-long screening, too, so you're positively invited to belt out the numbers along with the cast - and that's just as well, because you probably would anyway, right? (The songs are very catchy). What's more, it's all for a good cause: this is a special fundraising event in partnership with Overgate Hospice.

Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, 01422 349 422, squarechapel.co.uk

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August 30-31

Easter Parade

Yes, OK - it's not actually Easter. Well-spotted. But that's besides the point because they really don't make 'em like this anymore. Fred Astaire, Judy Garland and Peter Lawford star in this 1948 MGM musical with a toe-tappin' score by Irvin Berlin. Fred and Judy's We're a Couple of Swells routine is a piece of movie history.

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, 01723 370541 sjt.uk.com

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GIGS

August 1

Kylie

The SOAT traditionally pulls in big names over the summer, but this concert from the diminutive Aussie pop princess - so famous, she's instantly recognisable by her first name alone - must be the musical event of the Scarborough season. After all these years, Kylie is still a force to be reckoned with: her latest album, Golden, went straight in at number one - her sixth number one album to date. Will she do all of her hits beside the seaside? You know: Spinning Around, Can't Get You Out of My Head, Shocked, Confide in Me, Better the Devil You Know, Hand on Your Heart, etc, etc? We Should Be So Lucky.

Scarbourgh Open Air Theatre 0844 844 0444 scarboroughopenair
theatre.com

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August 4

Ronan Keating in Concert

Boyzone have said they're splitting up for good in October, which - depending on your point of view - is either devastating news requiring assistance from a telephone helpline, or the sort of announcement that puts a spring in your step and makes you want to throw a street party. Either way, frontman Ronan Keating isn't taking any chances and is reminding everyone that he has a solo career on the go.

Castle Howard, York lphconcerts.co.uk castlehoward.co.uk

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August 8

Kiefer Sutherland and Special Guests

It's alarming when actors nurture ambitions to be rock stars. Bruce Willis, David Duchovny, Russell Crowe and Keanu Reeves have all had a stab - with various degrees of success - at musical side careers. Now here's Kiefer Sutherland, aka Jack Bauer from 24, with a 'gee-tarr', a cowboy hat and his own distinct brand of 'outlaw country'. It should be terrible, but The Guardian quite liked a recent show in Glasgow, while The Scotsman called Sutherland's efforts "credible".

York Barbican, 0203 356 5441 yorkbarbican.co.uk

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August 17

James

After the gee-gees have been put back in their horse boxes, Manchester band James canter through their greatest hits: She's a Star, Sound, Born of Frustration and, of course, Sit Down. No doubt they'll also be playing material from their last album, Living in Extraordinary Times.

Doncaster Racecourse 0844 249 1000 vmstickets.co.uk

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August 18

The Proclaimers

Charlie and Craig Reid dust off their Scots folk songbook, and drag out crowd-pleasers such as I'm Gonna Be, Sunshine on Leith, I'm On My Way and Letter from America for the umpteenth times. This will make you feel old: their Sunshine on Leith album was released 30 years ago.

Leeds Grand Theatre 0844 848 2700 leedsgrandtheatre.com

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August 24

The Human League

David Bowie, no less, called The Human League 'the sound of the future'. He was right, too, because he said that in 1979 before the band hit the big time. But now the League are the very essence of the 1980s: their hits Don't You Want Me, Love Action, Mirror Man and (Keep Feeling) Fascination summon up images of wedge haircuts, male eyeliner and leather trousers. There's no doubting their power, influence, and popularity, though, all these years later.

Zebedee's Yard 0844 249 1000 vmstickets.co.uk

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August 30

Lewis Capaldi

The 22-year-old singer songwriter is back at the SOAT after playing a date there last month.

Scarbourgh Open Air Theatre 0844 844 0444 scarboroughopenair
theatre.com

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