YorkLife Festival

Showcasing talent in York

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd April, 11am to 9pm. Parliament Street, York.

A free open event for York residents to enjoy, organised by Make It York.

See the lineup - Saturday 2nd April | Sunday 3rd April

Enjoy over 30 acts, musicians and interactive workshops at York’s new Spring festival, YorkLife. The festival will showcase local talent in the city in the form of musicians, performers, comedians and much more!

Festival headliners include home-grown talent The Howl & The Hum, who recently graced the stage of York Minster and performed to a sell-out capacity crowd, and Huge, who describe themselves as the ultimate party band, playing well known hits with their four-piece brass band completed of two saxophones, a trumpet and trombone. They headline the main “YorkLive” stage which hosts a programme curated by York’s Music Venue Network showcasing local artists, including Bull, Kitty VR, Flatcap Carnival, Hyde Family Jam & many more.

Experience a range of interactive sessions held by local organisations such as theatre workshops, instrumental workshops, face painting, comedy and dance performances, as well as local circus acts!

Take in the ambience and enjoy a refreshing drink at a York Gin bar inside the stretch tent on Parliament Street, along with an open seating area with a view to the main stage.

This is a free event and there is no need to book tickets in advance. YorkLife is organised by Make It York, with support from the City of York Council’s ARG funding - which aims to support businesses impacted by Covid-19. The programme of events for YorkLife has been curated with York residents in mind and to support the city's recovery from Covid.

See the Line Up

Saturday 2nd April

Fantastic Faces Face Painting

Fantastic Faces are providing WOW Factor faces at this years event! The expert team of face and body artists allow you to express yourself and become whoever, or whatever you'd like to be!

Time: 11.00am - 5.00pm

Location: Facepainting Workshop Tent

Innovation Entertainment ‘Circus Workshops’

Fun skill-building challenges such as unicycling, juggling and various other fun circus skills. A great family-friendly way to share moments and build memories.

Time: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Location: Circus Workshop Tent

Drumming with Mark Barfoot

A fun and inclusive drumming session for children and families using a mixture of djembe drums and hand percussion.

Time: 11.00am - 11.45pm

Location: Tent Stage

Thunk-It Theatre

Explore the process of creating your own dream city through drama, singing and crafting, perfect for anyone aged 4-11.

Time: 1.00pm - 1.45pm

Location: Tent Stage

York Wire Skylines with Gemma Wood

Join Gemma Wood, a York-based visual artist, as you’re immersed and transformed into the depths of your curiosity.

Time: 2.00pm - 2.45pm

Location: Tent Stage

Marnie Glum

Live music from Marnie Glum

Time: 2.30pm

Location: Music Stage

York Mix Quiz

Ben and Laura will be bringing their much-loved Game Wheel live to YorkLife, giving you a chance to win badges for York Races' Tribute Weekend on May 21st-22nd with a chance to see Abbamania or Majesty Queen!

Time: 3.00pm - 3.45pm

Location: Tent Stage

Pennine Suite

Live music from Pennine Suite

Time: 3.30pm

Location: Music Stage

The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts

A fun taster session for young budding singers, dancers, actors or filmmakers in this PQA session.

Time: 4.00pm - 4.45pm

Location: Tent Stage

Wounded Bear

Live music from Wounded Bear

Time: 4.30pm

Location: Music Stage

The JORVIK Viking Takeover

A 45 minute interactive presentation about various aspects of Viking life in the 10th century!

Time: 5.00pm - 5.45pm

Location: Tent Stage

Flatcap Carnival

Live music from Flatcap Carnival

Time: 5.30pm

Location: Music Stage

Burning Duck Comedy Club Presents

Stepping out of The Crescent, Burning Duck Comedy brings you 90 minutes of Live, back-to-back comedy.

Time: 6.15pm - 7:15pm

Location: Tent Stage

Kitty VR

Live music from Kitty VR

Time: 6.30pm

Location: Music Stage

HUGE

Live music from HUGE

Time: 7.30pm

Location: Music Stage


Sunday 3rd April

Fantastic Faces Face Painting

Fantastic Faces are providing WOW Factor faces at this years event! The expert team of face and body artists allow you to express yourself and become whoever, or whatever you'd like to be!

Time: 11.00am - 5.00pm

Location: Facepainting Workshop Tent

York Wire Skylines with Gemma Wood

Join Gemma Wood, a York-based visual artist, as you’re immersed and transformed into the depths of your curiosity.

Time: 11.00am - 11.45pm

Location: Tent Stage

Innovation Entertainment ‘Circus Workshops’

Fun skill-building challenges such as unicycling, juggling and various other fun circus skills. A great family-friendly way to share moments and build memories.

Time: 12.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Circus Workshop Tent

Ukulele Workshop with Christian Topman

Join Christian Topman, co-founder of the arts barge project and bass player, to learn how to play fun tunes on the Ukulele.

Time: 12.00pm - 12.45pm

Location: Tent Stage

Big City Flashmob Rehearsal

Courtesy of the Big City Flashmob and York Dance Space. Learn the choreography on the YorkLive stage at 12pm, practice at home!

Time: 12.00pm

Location: Music Stage

Big City Flashmob - Parliament St

Take part in the flashmob on Parliament Street at 12.45.

Time: 12.45pm

Location: Parliament St

Thunk-It Theatre

Explore the process of creating your own dream city through drama, singing and crafting, perfect for anyone aged 4-11.

Time: 1.00pm - 1.45pm

Location: Tent Stage

Big City Flashmob - St Helen's Sq

Join the flashmob at St Helen's Square at 13.30.

Time: 1.30pm

Location: St Helen's Sq

York Festival of Ideas

Prepare to be inspired as you enjoy a preview of York Festival of Ideas, one of the largest free festivals of its kind in the UK. From mind-reading to crime and punishment, and the bass guitar to plasma, don’t miss a range of interactive talks.

Time: 2.00pm - 2.45pm

Location: Tent Stage

Bargestra

Live music from Bargestra. An all inclusive community band from The Arts Barge Project about 25 strong. We play a wide range of styles, incorporating improvisation, classics and new music.

Time: 3.00pm

Location: Music Stage

Say Owt Poetry Workshop

Meet Henry Raby, a York-based performance poet, as he teaches you how to make quick and fun poetry and become craftier with your words.

Time: 3.00pm - 3.45pm

Location: Tent Stage

Beatboxing with Matty Groove

In this exclusive workshop, Matty will share his knowledge and secret techniques into the unusual art of beatbox.

Time: 4.00pm - 4.45pm

Location: Tent Stage

Floral Pattern

Live music from Floral Pattern. Led by Myles Noble, Floral Pattern play a unique blend of Modern and Classic jazz-infused tunes varying from Roy Hargrove to Oscar Jerome to Moses Boyd.

Time: 4.00pm

Location: Music Stage

London Magician and Card Reader, Chris Wall

Be amazed with a 60-minute performance from Chris Wall and his mind-reading magic!

Time: 5.00pm - 5.45pm

Location: Tent Stage

Hyde Family Jam

Live music from Hyde Family Jam

Time: 5.00pm

Location: Music Stage

Trueman & The Indoor League

Live music from Trueman & The Indoor League

Time: 6.00pm

Location: Music Stage

Say Owt Back-to-Back Performance

Say Owt present a back-to-back poetry slam from their collective of ‘gobby northern poets’.

Time: 6.15pm - 7.45pm

Location: Tent Stage

Bull

Live music from Bull

Time: 7.00pm

Location: Music Stage

The Howl & The Hum

Live music from The Howl & The Hum

Time: 8.00pm

Location: Music Stage

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