Lionel Richie, Westlife and Madness will headline the inaugural York Festival. The three-day music festival will be held at York Sports Club from June 19-21.

The event is presented by Cuffe and Taylor, which famously brought Britney Spears’ headline show to Scarborough Open Air Theatre in 2018 and staged Rod Stewart’s massive 2019 sell-out gig at York Racecourse.

Peter Taylor, director of Cuffe and Taylor, said: “This is the very first York Festival so we wanted to make this a very special debut year.

“To have Lionel Richie, Westlife and Madness as headliners – alongside many other brilliant chart-topping artists – is a real coup. We feel this is the perfect line-up for the first year of what we hope will become a major annual event in this wonderful and historic city.”

Cuffe and Taylor is working closely with City of York Council and Make It York, which showcases and promotes the city around the world.

Sean Bullick, managing director of Make It York, commented: “York Festival will be a brilliant addition to the city’s already busy calendar of summer events for both residents and visitors to enjoy. Welcoming such music legends and chart-topping artists, as well as showcasing local talent, is another step forward for York’s cultural offer and we are delighted to help spread the word to audiences.”