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Posted: 25th June 2019

MindFest York line-up reveals hidden gems of York music scene

The line-up for a new 7-day music festival in September has been unveiled, to include over 20 hidden gems of York’s burgeoning independent music scene.

Between 20th – 28th September,  ‘MindFest York’ will bring 28 hours of free live music to the heart of the city centre, as part of the York Food & Drink Festival. Between 5pm-9pm each night, visitors and residents alike can catch 3 different local bands and artists performing live, at no cost, in the marquee on Parliament Street - whilst sampling the best food and drink the region has to offer. And MindFest York is a music festival with a conscience too - all voluntary audience donations will go towards supporting local mental health charity York Mind.

So what can audiences expect to hear? Amongst others, the varied line-up includes: soulful York singer-songwriters Andy Doonan and Jess Gardham, feel-good bands Waifs & Strays and Ramble Gamble, alt-country ensembles Sisters & Brothers, Boss Caine and The Rusty Pegs, lively folk outfits The Jon Palmer acoustic band and Leather’o, and familiar York troubadours David Ward Maclean and Boss Caine.

MindFest York co-ordinator Maria Parks said: “Last year I became a volunteer for York Mind, and I am really enjoying discovering the different ways in which I can help this brilliant charity.  Helping organise Mindfest York has been really enjoyable so far and combines my favourite things; music, food & drink and having fun raising money for a brilliant local charity.  Everyone can get involved by coming along and supporting the musicians and making a donation on the night – either through our new contactless donation units, or old school collection buckets! We also need volunteers each evening to help us collect money in the music Marquee, this is a perfect opportunity for a group of friends or work colleagues to volunteer for an evening, so if you are a local company and a good night out for a good cause, get in touch with us via”

Di Neville-Beck, of York-based Waifs & Strays (who are performing at the festival), said: “I’m very excited and hugely honoured to be supporting this new music festival in York, and to support York Mind in promoting good mental health. Music definitely helps me to keep mentally healthy. There’s a brilliant music scene in York, and little festivals like this are such a great way to use music stimulate emotional connections between people. I’m sure it’ll be a great success”

MindFest York happens between 5pm-9pm at the Music Marquee on Parliament Street between 20th-28th September 2019 (excluding Mon 23rd & Tues 24th). The line up for each day can be found in advance by following #MindFestYork on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or by visiting

There is no audience charge to access the festival, and York Mind volunteers will be located within the marquee to receive audience donations.

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