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News Release - Issued by The Shambles Market

Shambles Market offers free space for local musicians

Shambles Market, one of the few UK markets open seven days a week, is giving local musicians the chance to showcase their talent for free every day between 11am and 3pm.

Musicians can book one-hour or two-hours slots to perform acoustically in a space located in the new Shambles Market Food Courtyard.

Steve Shooter, interim markets manager at Shambles Market, said: “With plenty of outdoor seating and fantastic food kiosks in our new-look Food Courtyard, we’d like to encourage visitors and residents to visit Shambles Market for an alfresco lunch throughout the summer. We want to help create a lively and enjoyable atmosphere for all by offering York’s budding acoustic performers a guaranteed space to play. All performances will be carefully monitored for quality and we’ll ensure there’s no amplification to help create an enjoyable ambience, for traders and visitors to the market.”

Musicians that want to perform in the Shambles Market Food Courtyard must book a slot by phoning 07983 956500 or emailing

• Performers are allowed to put out a hat or similar to allow the public to donate. Due to the license the Shambles Market operates under the sale of CDs may be permitted (with permission from the City Centre Office).
• The City Centre Office reserves the right to withdraw use of the performing space at any time.
• Performers will be allocated a maximum of two hourly slots per day.
• The performance area is against the die-cast metal wall at the end of the Shambles Market only.


About Shambles Market

Shambles Market is a historic and vibrant market situated in the heart of one of Europe’s largest single pedestrianised areas, between Parliament Street and Shambles – voted the most picturesque street in Britain. One of the North of England's largest open-air markets, it is open seven days a week, all year round (excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day).Opening hours are 9am to 5pm. Home to 86 stalls and seven kiosks, with over 100 traders on the market’s books regularly trading, it is a source of exceptional fresh produce, unique crafts and essential merchandise.

Shambles Market is supported by £1.6million from City of York Council’s Economic Infrastructure Fund (EIF) that was created to enable projects of strategic importance to the city’s ambitions for creating jobs and growing the economy.

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