ORGANISERS behind a charity music festival have said this year's event will be bigger than ever.

The Apollo Festival started last year as a one-day festival with two stages, to raise money for charity. This year's event, at York Sports Club in Shipton Road on Saturday, June 21, will see artists on four stages, raising money for the Smiley Riley Fund.

This year's artists include Reverend and the Makers, former Bluetones frontman Mark Morriss, and ex-Seahorses frontman Chris Helme, with party band The Supermodels, We Could Be Astronauts, and The Voice contestant Beth BcCarthy performing throughout the day.

Stuart Kelly, organiser of the festival, said the main stage was not the only draw for the public, with three more to choose from, and something for everybody.

He said: "This year sees a new addition to the Apollo Festival line up with The Entertainment Company presents stage. A band that bring the party to us with their repertoire of covers that has something for everyone from Wilson Picket to The Wombats, indie anthems to soul and jazz crooning, they have the lot. Along with them performing on their stage they will have an array of acts including West Midland band Target By Numbers Rockers, The Fallen and Van de Neer .

"Now if that wasn't enough by popular demand we can announce the Apollo Dance Temple powered by True Colour Sanctuary, For its first year what a great line up it is too with Kerrang's very own Kate Lawler and Radio 1's 'In New DJs We Trust' winner Mistress De Funk! It can't get much better than that."

There will also be the Access To Music acoustic stage, with former Inspiral Carpets frontman Tom Hingley, American folk singer Boss Caine and musicians from the Access To Music College.

As well as live music, there are local food stalls, drink tents, and stalls and games for children and the whole family, with tickets costing £12 for adults, £1 for under-12s.

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