York’s Little Festival of Live Music in running for awards

Dear Friends on stage at last year's York Little Festival of Live Music. Picture: Rob Gorman
Dear Friends on stage at last year's York Little Festival of Live Music. Picture: Rob Gorman
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After York’s Little Festival of Live Music’s success in the 2016 Yorkshire Gig Guide Awards, where it won the title of York’s Outstanding New Festival of the Year and narrowly missed out on the regional title, festival director Ellen Cole is thrilled that this year the event is nominated in four categories in this year’s Yorkshire Gig Guide Awards.

Ellen Cole, Festival Director of York’s Little Festival of Live Music says: “I was shocked that our family-friendly music festival and myself have been nominated in four categories – Yorkshire’s Outstanding New Festival of the Year, Yorkshire’s Outstanding Promoter of the Year, Yorkshire’s Outstanding Individual and the People’s Choice Award. We were so close to claiming the regional Outstanding Festival of the Year title last year, so this year we’re striving to be number one in this category.

Dan Webster was among the performers at last year's York Little Festival of Live Music. Picture: Frank Roper

Dan Webster was among the performers at last year's York Little Festival of Live Music. Picture: Frank Roper

“Our aim as a festival is to generate a wide range of live music events which are family-friendly, accessible for all and more importantly provides our audiences with a great musical experience.

“When the festival was accidentally created in 2013, I never expected four years later that it would still be running. I am so happy with what we have achieved and that we are helping encourage more audiences to go out and watch live music locally. We would be over the moon if anyone would consider voting for us in the Yorkshire Gig Guide Awards, voting is free and an award win would mean that the work we do will be recognised on a regional level.”

2017 is shaping to be a hugely successful year for York’s Little Festival of Live Music. Earlier on in the year, the festival put on a one-off Girl Power Mini-Fest, which attracted audiences from across Yorkshire and beyond.

The main event, which will take place alongside the York Food and Drink Festival on Parliament Street from September 22-30, attracted 511 applications from acts across the country eager to perform.

Duncan McFarland Band on stage at last year's York Little Festival of Live Music. Picture: Frank Roper

Duncan McFarland Band on stage at last year's York Little Festival of Live Music. Picture: Frank Roper

The Festival team are currently in the process of whittling the acts down from 511 to 28 acts and the line-up for the 2017 event is expected to be announced next week.

Cole adds: “I am overwhelmed with the sheer quantity of talent that applies for our festival year after year. This year, we have some really amazing line-up surprises; I won’t go into details, as the line-up will be announced shortly.”

To vote for York’s Little Festival of Live Music and Ellen Cole in the Yorkshire Gig Guide Awards as Outstanding New Festival, Outstanding Promoter, Outstanding Individual and the People’s Choice Awards, visit: http://yorkshiregigguide.co.uk/grass-roots-awards-2015.html – voting is free and the deadline to vote will be August 31.

For more information on the September event go to: facebook.com/YorksLittleFestivalOfLiveMusic, follow on Twitter: @live_music_fest or email: yorkslivemusicfestival@gmail.com.

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