‘Your City’ line-up announced for Stoke-on-Trent music and arts festival

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Stoke-on-Trent music and performing arts festival, ‘Your City’, has released their 2019 line up.

The festival is in its third year, and will run from the 25-26 May 2019.

Your City is dedicated to promoting local culture and showcasing talented musicians and artists in the area.

Festival founder Ben Nixon, who also plays synth for ‘Psyence’, said: “The idea for ‘Your City’ was inspired by Metropolitan festivals such as Liverpool’s Sound City, Sheffield’s Tramlines festival and various other inner city events that I have attended over the years.

“It became apparent that there was a massive gap for an event on this scale in Staffordshire.

“We had two options; we could either sit back and hope someone would put on an event like this in Stoke-on-Tent, or gather a team of likeminded people and do it ourselves.”

The Overcast playing The Exchange at Your City 2017

Over 60 artists will be playing in eight city centre venues around the Cultural Quarter, Hanley. Tickets for the event will give festival-goers a wristband for entry into The Sugarmill, The Underground, The Exchange, Mart’s Brewhouse and AirSpace Gallery.

There will also be free entry to Coachmakers Arms, Bottlecraft and The Slamwich Club, where the ‘fringe’ festival will be taking place.

Ben said: “Having felt the buzz that comes from Piccadilly Street as our Cultural Quarter, it made sense to focus our attention there.

“We want our audience to be buzzing about from venue to venue watching their favourite bands, whilst discovering new ones.”

Nixon Tate & The Honey Club, Jupiter’s Beard and Filth are among some of the acts performing over the Bank Holiday weekend, with more big names to announce in the run up to the festival.

Alex Mason, guitarist for ‘Honey’, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be taking part in ‘Your City’.

“Stoke on Trent has so many talented bands and solo artists who deserve the chance to showcase their music to a wider audience. We are so excited to be part of it.”

First tier tickets for the festival are just £10.00, as the team wanted to keep costs as low as possible. “Stoke is a giving city and we wanted to give something back.” Ben said.

“We have a solid music industry that needs celebrating. There is so much potential. ‘Your City’ Festival is going to galvanise Stoke-on-Trent.”

The first 100 people to buy the early-bird tickets will also gain guestlist entry for the festival’s pre-party with Average Joe on The Sugarmill rooftop on Friday 24 May. You can purchase tickets for Your City Festival here.

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