Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage

Staithes Festival has established itself as one of the friendliest festival on the coast – a must-go-to event in the regional arts calendar.

During the weekend some 100+ cottages in the village become temporary art galleries in a unique selling exhibition. Staithes heritage is also celebrated in fossils, fishing, historic photographs and film shows.

North York Moors, Scarborough Borough Council and Welcome to Yorkshire
Staithes Sunset

Glenn Kilpatrick

Music at Staithes Festival

Once again we our musical director Chris Wade.  has a programme of live music this means a Saturday afternoon concert in the Lifeboat House and a Sunday teatime concert to close the Festival.  If you would like to busk in the streets during the Festival you should contact Chris Wade on

Saturday Afternoon Concert 1.30pm Free event Lifeboat House

Dan Webster & Emily Lawler

Dan Webster & Emily Lawler(107)  

Dan Webster plays an accessible mix of Folk/Americana and has been building loyal fanbase ever since breakthrough album ‘Diamond Land’ featured on the likes of Hollyoaks, BBC Radio 2 and BBC 1.

He is described as ‘one of the U.K’s best kept musical secrets and one not to miss!’, ‘Achingly lovely, like sun breaking on a rain swept highway…’RnR and an ‘An insightful lyricist with a great voice’ Acoustic Magazine.

According to Americana UK - ‘He is the missing link, the joining point, where folk fuses with country – as good as you’ll hear on any record out of Austin or Nashville - beautiful – he is Anglicana’.

Dan is a road-seasoned English singer-songwriter, his music is influenced by the sounds and storytelling traditions of American and British Folk music, which he uniquely blends into his own distinct fusion of Folk and Americana.

Accompanying Dan is violinist and composer Emily Lawler. Emily is influenced by Eastern European Folk, Latin American and Experimental music and shares Dan’s passion for Folk, Americana and Country. Her orchestral composition ‘Elemental Soundscapes’ was performed by York’s Guildhall Orchestra. Before moving to the North of England to study she led the Suffolk Youth Orchestra.

Men of Staithes Choir 


The Men of Staithes choir is always a big draw at the festival. Though no longer made up of fishermen as in the past, it maintains the same traditions with songs of the sea and traditional hymns. 

Saturday Night 8.00pm Tickets £5 Staithes Athletics Club 

Talk of the Town 


A popular three –piece harmony band from the North East playing music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

Backyard Rhythm Orchestra

Backyard Rhythm Orchestra are a seasoned party band guaranteed to get any dance floor going. Incorporating musical traditions from around the globe with comedy theatrics and conscious lyrics, this live show has a unique energy.

'Correctly billed as a ‘genre-hopping party band’, The Backyard Rhythm Orchestra use a melting pot of instruments to create a myriad of musical styles, which all have their infectious bounciness - and top drawer musicianship - in common.'- Chronicle review of Lindisfarne festival 2015

Links to audio and video:

CocaCumbia - Live (cumbia/swing)

My Agricultural Laundrette (funk/blues/hip hop)

Soul Stones (folk/carnival/balkan)

Solfest 2012 full gig

Sunday Closing Concert 4.00pm Free event Lifeboat House

Jessica Lawson and Phil Simpson

Jessica Lawson & Phil Simpson

After years of making music independently, Jessica Lawson and Phil Simpson have finally joined forces. Influenced by Americana, folk and country, together they deliver beautiful harmonies accompanied by a myriad of instruments - autoharp, guitar, mandolin and melodeon, to name but a few. The pair have been performing across the UK and Europe, with audiences returning to see them again and again. With a diary full of gigs and new songs up their sleeves, their ever-developing live show just gets better each time.

Dire Staithes

Dires Stasithes Pic

Staithes very own local band, now in its third year and going from strength to strength. Driven by the rhythm section of Michael Walls on drums and Ian Hodgson on bass, the exuberant keys of Filip Cieslik, beautiful guitar solos from Adam Clark, passionate vocals from John Hamlin and joined by the singing and backing vocals of Glynis Clemo and Carolyn Tyson. Expect a set of upbeat hits from the 60s and 70s – Beatles, Stones, Chuck Berry and Eric Clapton. Prepare to clap, sing and dance along.

The Alligators


A welcome return for the Alligators. This Hull band consists of Tony Underwood on guitar and vocals. Mike Ollerenshaw on lead vocals and bass and Mark Sedgwick on drums. Their set consists of strong originals and covers by legend such as Peter Green, Rory Gallagher, Ry Cooder, the Stones, as well as the great Stevie Ray Vaughan. Get ready to boogie for the final fling of the Festival.

The Men of Staithes


The Men of Staithes need no introduction. They are our much loved choir and they wind up the festival with their evocative songs of the sea. In what has now become a tradition they will lead a procession from the Lifeboat Houde to Bethel to bid farewell to another Staithes Festival.