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York music festival returns, raising money for St Leonard’s Hospice Live for St Leonard's is a local music charity event, taking place across eight days (between 22nd and 30th September), is in aid of St Leonard's Hospice, featuring live performances from musicians based in York and the surrounding area. All the live music events are free to attend, and St Leonard's staff and volunteers will be collecting donations during the performances. Last year’s event raised over £4,500 for the charity which has become the target to beat in 2023.


Live For St Leonard's will return between 22nd and 30th September. This live music event is organised by York BID and supported by YO1 Radio, as part of the York Food & Drink Festival, and all charitable funds raised are donated in aid of St Leonard's Hospice. Over the last 2 years the initiative has raised nearly £9,000 for the charity. The events is free for the public to attend and St Leonard's volunteers will be on-site collecting cash and card donations Patrons can expect performances from great local talent, every evening between 5pm-9pm! This year’s line-up includes 5K - The North's Premier Pop Punk Party Band, Nalgo Bay, Flatcap Carnival, Harrison Rimmer Band, The Living Young, Jess Gardham, Bang Bang Bang, Tri-Starrs and many more. The full nine days line-up is available on our website: This year’s event will feature two separate stage areas with performances running in parallel. The main stage can be found in the marquee on Parliament Street, and the acoustic stage on St Sampsons Square. Chris Bush, Business Manager at the York BID said, ‘The atmosphere during the festival over the past couple of years has been electric. We’re extremely grateful to all the music acts who give their time to make this event a success. We’d like to encourage residents of York to take this opportunity this fantastic free entertainment and support us in raising funds for a very worthwhile cause.’ Micheal Hjort, Director of York Food & Drink Festival said, ‘I am delighted to see Live For St Leonard’s returning for another year. The initiative has significantly enhanced the Food Festival’s evening activity, helped us to engage a wider audience in community activity and is now considered key part of the wider programme of events.’ Annie Keogh, Community Development Fundraiser at St Leonard’s Hospice said, ‘We’re delighted that yet again the the York Food & Drink Festival and York BID have chosen to support St Leonard’s. What a fabulous way to raise funds for the Hospice at a free community event, right in the heart of York. It’s a brilliant line-up every night, and we’re grateful to all the bands for supporting us. So come along, listen to some great live music, soak up the atmosphere and help support your local Hospice.’

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