BEST OF THE FEST
Whether it’s roaring riots of music festivals, stellar sporting showcases, outdoor celebrations of arts and heritage, or cultured classical concerts – Yorkshire has it all this summer
JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
Burton Agnes Hall, Drifeld
Possibly the summer’s most sophisticated musical gathering, the Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival is set to host a magnitude of talent on the manicured lawns of one of the UK’s finest Elizabethan manor houses. Jazz singer Jo Harrop will lead an all-star band to pay tribute to sultry songstress Peggy Lee; Emmy Award-winner and three-time Grammy nominee Billy Branch will give a masterclass in Chicago blues; and Kyla Brox (arguably one of the most authentic UK blues and soul singers of her generation) will harness the undiluted power of her voice alongside partner Danny Blomeley. And with the award-winning Wold Top beers on tap, a vintage ice cream van, a host of children’s activities and ‘civilised camping’ for tents, caravans and motor homes (their showers are actually hot) we can’t think of anywhere we’d rather get our musical fix.
DEER SHED FESTIVAL
20th–22nd July Baldersby Park, Topcliffe
Deer Shed prides itself on curating quality indie music and it seems this year’s line-up has already made quite the splash – Goldfrapp, Drenge and Gaz Coombes joined by the likes of Joan As Police Woman, Nadine Shah and Field Music. Good job this year’s theme is Making Waves, then. From ripples to rolling tides, rapids to rivers, Deer Shed hopes to harness all of the different shapes, sizes, frequencies and guises under the theme of ‘waves’ across their five music stages, as well as throughout a family-friendly programme of comedy, science, sports, and literary events. So whether you want to submerge yourself in the festival spirit or just dip your toes in the water, you’re sure to find something on your wavelength here.
CASTLE HOWARD PROMS
Castle Howard, York
Dust o your Union Jacks, get your picnic blankets ready and prepare for an evening of sensational classical music as the open-air extravaganza returns to the stately gardens of Castle Howard. It’s a uniquely majestic setting for a musical programme that promises to be jam-packed with popular classics, songs from musicals and all of your flag-waving Proms favourites – including Jerusalem and Rule Britannia. Among the guest soloists will be Lesley Garrett CBE and tenor Geraint Dodd, who will be joined on stage by the incredible London Gala Orchestra. Complete with a Spitfire flyover, fantastic laser displays (alongside some of the more rousing classics) and a jaw-dropping rework finale, this classical spectacular promises a night to remember for the whole family.
Bramham Park, Leeds
The biggest festival in Yorkshire hardly needs any introduction, and this year’s line up of international superstars pretty much says it all – headliners Fall Out Boy, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Panic! At e Disco and Kings Of Leon set to be joined by the likes of Post Malone, Wolf Alice, and undoubtedly the biggest UK artist of the moment, Dua Lipa. What makes Leeds Festival one of the stand-out events in the nation’s summer calendar is that they always have something for everyone. So whether it’s rock or pop, funk or hip hop, pack up your glitter (the only thing you really need in these situations) and let’s get going.
STONE CARVING FESTIVAL 2018
17th–20th August York Minster
Get ready to rock at this summer festival... although maybe not in the way you first imagined. York Minster’s Dean’s Park will be transformed into a tented village dedicated to the unique art of stonemasonry and carving, as experts from across Europe unite for a weekend-long celebration of their ancient craft. Stone specialists will carve out intricate designs during their two-day residency, all of which will be able to buy on Sunday afernoon, and if you don’t want to just watch but learn, have no fear – there’s plenty more pebbles on the beach (or park, in this case). You can try the ancient skills that have been passed down through the centuries (and used to build, repair and preserve the 800-year-old cathedral) as the Minster’s Stoneyard throws open its doors, or see the cathedral from a new angle by joining one of their exclusive, behind-the- scenes tours. So don’t worry if you’re not too con dent in your stonemasonry skills to begin with – we’re sure you’ll feel boulder as the weekend goes on.
STAITHES FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND HERITAGE
Venues across Staithes
One of the friendliest festivals in the calendar, this summer will see villagers across the beautiful seaside village of Staithes open their doors to the public – as cottages, churches and village squares are transformed into temporary art galleries, selling paintings, prints, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and crafts from over 130 resident and visiting artists. Trek through a rural maze of art, or enjoy the range of guided walks, talks, special exhibitions, concerts, outdoor cinema shows and workshops on o er (including willow sculpting and lobster pot making) all specially designed to celebrate Staithes’ unique cultural heritage.
CYCLE EXPO YORKSHIRE
Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate
Bike lovers rejoice – Yorkshire’s biggest cycling show is coming to Harrogate in October, covering every inch of the cycling world with a proverbial peloton of experts, exhibitors, sports brands and professional cyclists. Gear up for a stellar ride (it’s going to be a marathon, not a sprint) because from e-bikes to racing nutrition, you’ll find it all here. And that’s not everything. is year’s event will also incorporate the UK World Flatland championships, the Yorkshire CX Race and the Road Circuit Race (a great opportunity to watch some of the UK’s best amateur racers in action) – as well as hosting some unrivalled test tracks and demonstration zones. Coaches from British Cycling will be running exciting activities for young riders throughout the weekend too, all as part of HSBC UK Go-Ride. And with Yorkshireman (and reigning UCI Trails elite world champion) Jack Carthy as their official spokes-person, as well as official backing from reigning Commonwealth champion Lizzie Deignan, you can be sure of a sensational weekend of cycling in store. Yes, wheelie.
TOP OF THE OPS
Whether you’re a die-hard fan or you’re yet to sip from the operatic cup, there’s no better time to book a trip to the opera – highly-acclaimed company Opera North have just announced their new programme for the 2018/2019 season, and it’s set to be sensational
THE MERRY WIDOW
29th September–12th October
Leeds Grand Theatre
Arguably Franz Lehár’s greatest hit, The Merry Widow brings together all the Parisian sensuality of the fin-de-siècle with classic Viennese sophistication – in a glittering tale of romance, wealth and comic duplicity. It’s light, bright and perfect for the escapists out there.
30th November–7th December
Town Hall, Leeds
Inspired by a true story, Silent Night tells of the 1914 Christmas truce – when peace spontaneously broke out between French, German and Scottish troops in the trenches during the First World War. Lyrical, cinematic and deeply emotional, this will be the first time the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera is performed in the UK.
THE MAGIC FLUTE
19th January–1st March
Leeds Grand Theatre
Adventure jostles with fantasy, comedy with drama, and all set to a scintillating score by Mozart in e Magic Flute – a tale about the trials of growing up, finding your way in the world and learning to love. is one promises to delight audiences of all ages.
For all showtimes and tickets, visit: www.operanorth.co.uk
JUST THE TICKET
Look sharp or you’ll miss these stellar shows – set to fright, delight and excite audiences across Yorkshire this summer
FOR THE KIDS
Madagascar The Musical, 17th–22nd September Bridlington Spa
Take a walk on the wild side as this new musical from Dreamworks sees Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of Madagascar. X-Factor winner Matt Terry is sure to be a roaring success as Alex, and the antics of those mischievous lemurs will have adults and kids alike wanting to ‘move it, move it’.
FOR A LAUGH
Whoopi Goldberg, 13th October
First Direct Arena, Leeds
In one of only two live dates in the UK, comedy and acting legend Whoopi Goldberg will take over Leeds’ First Direct Arena for a hilarious evening of topical observations, followed by an exclusive question-and-answer session. One of the few entertainers to have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award, Whoopi has more than secured her place in the history books – making this incredibly-rare foray to our shores even more unmissable.
FOR A HIT
Yorkshire T20 Blast, 5th July–17th August
Emerald Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds
Get behind the Yorkshire Vikings for a scintillating season of T20 cricket. ere’ll be explosive batting displays, breathtaking bowling and energetic fielding – as they take on another eight first-class county cricket teams before (hopefully) progressing to the knockout stages. Win, lose or draw, it’s an unbeatable family atmosphere.
FOR THE MAGIC
Pete Firman, 18th October
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
One of the UK’s most celebrated magicians and comedians is set to bring an astonishing show to the Stephen Joseph Theatre this October – promising to mesmerise audiences with his acclaimed blend of laugh-out-loud stand up and jaw-dropping magic in a truly unique live theatre experience. You should always prepare to be enchanted whenever Pete works his magic.
ESPECIALLY FOR YOU
Kylie Minogue, 4th October
First Direct Arena, Leeds
She’s certainly the Golden girl of pop, but Kylie Minogue is going in a different musical direction these days – with her latest album showcasing a much more country-influenced sound than the bubblegum disco classics and dancefloor fillers that she’s known for. And we like it. Having recorded much of Golden in Nashville, Kylie is now set to bring infectious new brand of banjo-twanging bangers to Leeds’ First Direct Arena as part of her UK tour. Well, howdy.