12 bands not to miss at the Apollo Festival 2015

23 Jun 2015 @ 9.35 pm
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Apollo Festival

York Sports Club, Clifton Road, York

Sat Jun 27 @ 11am-midnight

Adults £15.75, children £5.75

Festival website

It’s back! The Apollo Festival is ready to rock York again with British music legends playing alongside emerging talent from York and beyond.

More than 50 acts are on the bill for the York Sports Club event on Saturday (June 27), including the winner of Ainsty’s Got Talent Beth Bryars. We’ve picked out a dozen to whet your appetites.

Oh, and remember the theme is Hats, with the best headgear winning the owner tickets to Apollo 2016.

Inspiral Carpets

Headlining this year’s festival are the legendary Inspiral Carpets.

The five-piece alternative rockers from Oldham came to prominence in the Madchester madness of the late 1980s alongside the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. In October 2014, the band released their first album in over 20 years.


An indie rock band from Liverpool, Space hit the big time with singles like Female Of The Species and The Ballad Of Tom Jones. Last year, they celebrated their 20th anniversary with a nationwide tour.

Rick Witter

Showcasing the best in upcoming music on the Premier Stage is Shed Seven superhero Rick Witter. The York band was a big part of the TFI Friday revival last week, and host Chris Evans selected two of their tracks for the show’s soundtrack album.

Hijak Oscar

Hijak Oscar are a six-piece rock, blues and soul act that formed in August 2005. Among their top tracks are Echoes and Social Immunity.

Kymberley Kennedy

Leeds-born singer Kymberley Kennedy crafts emotive vocals, sultry song-writing and superb melodies to create a blend of dark R’n’B soul. Her career launched after she released her Blackout EP.

The Mothers

The Mothers are a four-piece classic rock and funk covers band. Their repertoire includes Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Who.

Beth McCarthy

York’s Beth McCarthy has been performing with her acoustic guitar since 2010. After being mentored by Kaiser Chiefs’ frontman Ricky Wilson on The Voice, Beth has gone on to festival success and has played with bands including Shed Seven and Paper Aeroplanes.

Rupert Stroud

Rupert Stroud is an acoustic rock singer from Leeds. His second album Chasing The Night saw him dubbed one of Yorkshire’s “hottest young talents”.


CryBabyCry formed in Wakefield in 2013. Last year, they appeared at Reading and Leeds festivals and their debut EP sold out.

Happy Daggers

Happy Daggers are a four-piece indie rock ‘n’ disco soul group from Leeds. They comprise guitarists Sinclair Belle and Danny Martin, bass player Jon Causley, drummer Tommi Stubbs and keys player Jordan Fearnley.

Rime Suspex

Unsigned R’n’B, pop and rap three-piece group Rime Suspex hail from Blackburn. Their latest EP, Contrast, is available now.

Hello Operator

They may still be unsigned, but four-piece York rockers Hello Operator are festival veterans. They’ve already stormed at the Leeds, Reading and Galtres festivals before arriving at Apollo.