YO1 music event launches the North's festival season

YO1 music event launches the North's festival season

York YO1 Festival - The Hangnails on the Please Please You stage. Picture David Harrison.

York YO1 Festival - Pictured are street dancers from York Break Dance who's young members performed three times through the day. Picture David Harrison.

York YO1 Festival - Fans in front of the Nightvision stage. Picture David Harrison.

York YO1 Festival - Soundsci on the Nightvision stage. Picture David Harrison.

York YO1 Festival - Soundsci on the Nightvision stage. Picture David Harrison.

York YO1 Festival - Fans in front of the Nightvision stage. Picture David Harrison.

The York YO1 Festival held on York Knavesmire on Sunday. Pictured are Ceiling Demons on the BBC Radio York stage. Picture David Harrison. (5921336)

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THE stage was set for a summer of music when the YO1 event in York launched the North's festival season.

Eight stages delivered Sunday's entertainment on the Knavesmire featuring a wide range of musical talent and artists.

There was also a street food festival and selection of mouth-watering beers at a micro ale festival to get music fans into the party spirit.

The one-day event was being held for the third year on the race course and with no camping facilities offered an early summer boost to the hotel trade.

The festival takes place on the Sunday of the first May Bank Holiday and last year's event was hailed as a triumph by festival goers all over the country.

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10:31am Mon 5 May 14

Bailed Out says...

Nice one. Far better than watching lycra lads on Tour de Flop.
Nice one. Far better than watching lycra lads on Tour de Flop. Bailed Out
  • Score: -46

5:27pm Mon 5 May 14

Tomyeah1994 says...

what a pointless, small article, paying lipservice to a huge day for York.
Although not surprising unfortunately. The Press consistently fails to draw any attention to York's thriving music or arts scene, a significant part of local news and culture overlooked and unsupported.
what a pointless, small article, paying lipservice to a huge day for York. Although not surprising unfortunately. The Press consistently fails to draw any attention to York's thriving music or arts scene, a significant part of local news and culture overlooked and unsupported. Tomyeah1994
  • Score: 22

7:09pm Mon 5 May 14

Cookie500 says...

The festival was fantastic. Very well planned and managed, and clearly the feedback from 2013 was listened to. Every person I spoke with had a great time. It made me proud to live in York, and I hope YO1 goes from strength to strength. Well done guys.
The festival was fantastic. Very well planned and managed, and clearly the feedback from 2013 was listened to. Every person I spoke with had a great time. It made me proud to live in York, and I hope YO1 goes from strength to strength. Well done guys. Cookie500
  • Score: 8

10:30pm Mon 5 May 14

MrChuckles says...

Disappointing article on what was a fantastic, diverse and superbly organised event!
Had an incredible day and watched some great quality music, not surprised it was a sell out. No issues with people getting to and from the festival, loads of bars, food and toilets, not to mention the range of stages and music... De La Soul, Scroobius Pip and many more, all in one day and on my doorstep. Never thought i'd see the day.
Brilliant,
Roll on next year.
Disappointing article on what was a fantastic, diverse and superbly organised event! Had an incredible day and watched some great quality music, not surprised it was a sell out. No issues with people getting to and from the festival, loads of bars, food and toilets, not to mention the range of stages and music... De La Soul, Scroobius Pip and many more, all in one day and on my doorstep. Never thought i'd see the day. Brilliant, Roll on next year. MrChuckles
  • Score: 9

7:43am Tue 6 May 14

notmyrealname says...

if Music and Arts in York were given as much attention and funding as a certain cycle race this city could be a "HUB" (to use the current trend word !) of culture for the whole of Yorkshire . Events such as YO1, Open Studios etc show the effort put in by enthusiastic usually unpaid organisers .
Add to this our brilliant pub players, music Venues, Buskers etc etc
if Music and Arts in York were given as much attention and funding as a certain cycle race this city could be a "HUB" (to use the current trend word !) of culture for the whole of Yorkshire . Events such as YO1, Open Studios etc show the effort put in by enthusiastic usually unpaid organisers . Add to this our brilliant pub players, music Venues, Buskers etc etc notmyrealname
  • Score: 7

9:20am Tue 6 May 14

MrsHoney says...

notmyrealname wrote:
if Music and Arts in York were given as much attention and funding as a certain cycle race this city could be a "HUB" (to use the current trend word !) of culture for the whole of Yorkshire . Events such as YO1, Open Studios etc show the effort put in by enthusiastic usually unpaid organisers .
Add to this our brilliant pub players, music Venues, Buskers etc etc
Quite agree. I must admit I knew nothing of this event and would've gone along had I known. Where are things like this advertised?
[quote][p][bold]notmyrealname[/bold] wrote: if Music and Arts in York were given as much attention and funding as a certain cycle race this city could be a "HUB" (to use the current trend word !) of culture for the whole of Yorkshire . Events such as YO1, Open Studios etc show the effort put in by enthusiastic usually unpaid organisers . Add to this our brilliant pub players, music Venues, Buskers etc etc[/p][/quote]Quite agree. I must admit I knew nothing of this event and would've gone along had I known. Where are things like this advertised? MrsHoney
  • Score: 0

9:42am Tue 6 May 14

imassey says...

notmyrealname wrote:
if Music and Arts in York were given as much attention and funding as a certain cycle race this city could be a "HUB" (to use the current trend word !) of culture for the whole of Yorkshire . Events such as YO1, Open Studios etc show the effort put in by enthusiastic usually unpaid organisers .
Add to this our brilliant pub players, music Venues, Buskers etc etc
In terms of music (and speaking only as a fan), I'm not sure how extra funding would help. I suspect one aspect of why events such as this one and the up-coming Apollo Festival are so successful is the fact that they are seen as days out for the family. Parents interested in live music can take their children to these events (and, hopefully, pass on that interest), whereas the pubs and other venues have age limits, meaning there are limited opportunities for the next generation to experience live music.

The main live scene in York suffers heavily from a lack of crowds. While I have seen both Fibbers and The Duchess full, many of the gigs I have been to over the last few year have been much less than half full. Whether that is through apathy, lack of funds, lack of promotion, lack of knowledge about the bands or any number of other possibilities (including the ease with which people can listen to "free" music these days), I don't know. No amount of funding is going to change that.

The people who put on these festivals or gigs, together with the promoters, reviewers and photographers who try their hardest to make more people aware of what is happening (or has happened) in York do a great job.
[quote][p][bold]notmyrealname[/bold] wrote: if Music and Arts in York were given as much attention and funding as a certain cycle race this city could be a "HUB" (to use the current trend word !) of culture for the whole of Yorkshire . Events such as YO1, Open Studios etc show the effort put in by enthusiastic usually unpaid organisers . Add to this our brilliant pub players, music Venues, Buskers etc etc[/p][/quote]In terms of music (and speaking only as a fan), I'm not sure how extra funding would help. I suspect one aspect of why events such as this one and the up-coming Apollo Festival are so successful is the fact that they are seen as days out for the family. Parents interested in live music can take their children to these events (and, hopefully, pass on that interest), whereas the pubs and other venues have age limits, meaning there are limited opportunities for the next generation to experience live music. The main live scene in York suffers heavily from a lack of crowds. While I have seen both Fibbers and The Duchess full, many of the gigs I have been to over the last few year have been much less than half full. Whether that is through apathy, lack of funds, lack of promotion, lack of knowledge about the bands or any number of other possibilities (including the ease with which people can listen to "free" music these days), I don't know. No amount of funding is going to change that. The people who put on these festivals or gigs, together with the promoters, reviewers and photographers who try their hardest to make more people aware of what is happening (or has happened) in York do a great job. imassey
  • Score: 3

10:58am Tue 6 May 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Some great photographs of this event in the gallery...
Some great photographs of this event in the gallery... Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 0

12:30pm Tue 6 May 14

Anna Mossity says...

Did the Fresh Prince of Bellhouse Way perform?
Did the Fresh Prince of Bellhouse Way perform? Anna Mossity
  • Score: 2

6:52pm Tue 6 May 14

purelobo says...

was this event advertised in the press and locally.i saw the tents on the knavesmire on saturday morning and came home to peruse the whats on section.i found nothing,the same applies to the events at copmanthorpe and tockwith.i was looking for something to do yesterday and sunday but very little was mentioned.
was this event advertised in the press and locally.i saw the tents on the knavesmire on saturday morning and came home to peruse the whats on section.i found nothing,the same applies to the events at copmanthorpe and tockwith.i was looking for something to do yesterday and sunday but very little was mentioned. purelobo
  • Score: 0

7:46pm Tue 6 May 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

It was a brilliant day, well done to the organisers for more than addressing the issues of last year.
De La Soul hip hop legend!!!
Great to see so many kids with massive pupils chewing their mouths, so glad York isn't the WKD mainstream vanilla popchart paradise it sometimes seems.

Well done all!
It was a brilliant day, well done to the organisers for more than addressing the issues of last year. De La Soul hip hop legend!!! Great to see so many kids with massive pupils chewing their mouths, so glad York isn't the WKD mainstream vanilla popchart paradise it sometimes seems. Well done all! Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 1

10:18am Wed 7 May 14

MrChuckles says...

purelobo wrote:
was this event advertised in the press and locally.i saw the tents on the knavesmire on saturday morning and came home to peruse the whats on section.i found nothing,the same applies to the events at copmanthorpe and tockwith.i was looking for something to do yesterday and sunday but very little was mentioned.
I only heard about it through a friend who was playing. I think because it sold out well in advance, I guess they just didn't bother or need to. Only reason I can think of.
[quote][p][bold]purelobo[/bold] wrote: was this event advertised in the press and locally.i saw the tents on the knavesmire on saturday morning and came home to peruse the whats on section.i found nothing,the same applies to the events at copmanthorpe and tockwith.i was looking for something to do yesterday and sunday but very little was mentioned.[/p][/quote]I only heard about it through a friend who was playing. I think because it sold out well in advance, I guess they just didn't bother or need to. Only reason I can think of. MrChuckles
  • Score: 0

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