A FREE six-day music festival will be held this summer to coincide with a major North Yorkshire food event.

York's Little Festival of Live Music has announced this week it will host six days of performances at the York Food and Drink Festival next month, to raise money for charity.

The event will showcase local musicians and up-and-coming performers, with a wide variety of musical genres expected to ring out around the city, including folk, rock, punk, indie and opera.

Festival Organiser Ellen Cole says: “We have a high quality line-up for the festival, where not one act is the same as the other.

"I am very pleased with what the festival has achieved so far and look forward to many more years of celebrating the region’s finest talent, whilst at the same time fundraising for local charities.”

Bands taking part in the event include Barcode Zebra, King Courgette, Sarah Dean, John Storey, Mulholland, Bryony Drake, Minster Conspiracy, classical piano players Vesper Walk, Dream of Apollo, Boss Caine and The Blueprints.

The festival runs at the music marquee in Parliament Street between 5pm and 9pm throughout the festival between Sunday June 22 and Saturday June 28 (except Tuesday). Admission is free, but all donations raised during the event will be donated to York Against Cancer.

In March, the Little Festival Of Live Music held a nine-hour Folk Ahoy! event at the Black Swan Inn, Peasholme Green, which helped raise money for local charities, including St Leonard’s Hospice.

Volunteers are still needed to help out with the festival, and Ellen said she wanted to speak to filmmakers to record some performances too.

To find out more, email Ellen at YorksLiveMusicFestival@gmail.com

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