Apollo Festival 2020

Apollo Festival is delighted to be returning in July 2020 for the biggest and best year to date.  Previous years have seen the likes of Reverend and the Makers, Inspiral Carpets, Cast, Dodgy and Space, drawing crowds from around the region.

Friday night tickets are priced at just £5

Saturday general admission tickets are priced at £15,  5-17yo £5, under 5’s free.

New for 2020, Friday night will be an intimate affair for an evening of food, drinks and acoustic music (over 18s only). The Friday night line-up includes, 90s tribute act Melting Pot, The Dunwells, Nigel Clark lead singer from 90s band Dodgy and York’s very own Jess Steel.

Saturday will see two stages full of great acts Headlined by Stereo Mcs, The Hooisers And Bez and Rowetta’s on the 6thday god created Manchester show.

We will have cover acts such as Arctic monkeys, Killers Paul Simon & Little Mix there’s also York’s up and coming bands The Skylights The Feds & The seratones alongside this the Mothers the silent’s and a host of top class acts.

One thing for certain is its going to be packed full of entertainment with family quizzes & plenty of free kids activities, As always being family friendly and AFFORDABLE  is a huge priority within Apollo, therefore our infamous kids quarter will be returning with ten pin bowling, hay bale climbing frames, face painting arts and crafts, balloon modelling, magic workshops storytelling and a children’s disco to name but a few free of charge activities, as will the much-loved funfair for additional fees.

An array of street food, drink, craft beer and cider will be on offer; however festival goers will be permitted to bring in their own food and unopened soft drinks and water (no alcohol).

Apollo is not to missed!! 

This year Apollo Festival partnered up with Musicians Against Homelessness (MAH), they will be running our second stage and we could not be happier to working with this amazing organisation.

MAH was founded by music PR Emma Rule with the patronage of industry guru Alan McGee, who famously signed Oasis. The project provides opportunities for up-coming talent while raising funds for UK homelessness charity Crisis. Since 2016 MAH has successfully hosted hundreds of gigs and curated numerous festival stages, featuring thousands of artists.

Emma said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be partnering up with Apollo Festival this year and to host the MAH stage. Thanks to the festival and artists that support us we will continue to raise funds to help those living on the streets, while ensuring that people visiting the festival enjoy a fantastic programme of music.”

Alan McGee famously managed Oasis and currently manages The Jesus & Mary Chain , Black Grape, Happy Mondays and Cast, among others. The maverick businessman believes the MAH campaign also gives new bands a platform, in the way that Rock Against Racism did in the 1970s.

He said: “Music brings us together regardless of politics or social standing. It’s a great leveller and a vital tool for change.”

Local businesses will be given the opportunity to get involved and play a major role in York’s premium family festival  giving exclusivity to these businesses to show case there company and also give their employees VIP experiences they never forget.


Stuart Kelly, Director of Apollo Festival, said:

“Following a break, we feel the time is right for Apollo Festival to return. We pride ourselves on being a family-friendly & AFFORDALE FOR EVERYONE Festival and providing a fun environment for everybody to enjoy.

“It’s fantastic to have the likes of Musicians Against Homelessness on board, not only to see the acts they will bring but in being able to raise awareness to their cause.

“We’re excited to be at our new venue and bringing in the additional evening on the Friday is a new experience that we hope, in addition the usual Saturday, people will also enjoy its one of the best line ups we have put together and has not been easy but I am over the moon with the acts playing on both days I personally can’t wait to see our loyal supporters come back and seeing new faces enjoying thereselves”

For enquiries please contact:

Rachel Wainwright


Grace Dalby