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.

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Staithes Sunset

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Music at Staithes Festival

Once again we our musical director Chris Wade.  has put together a fabulous programme of live music

Saturday 8th September 13:00

Our Saturday concert at the Lifeboat House features  Jack Parker, Men of Staithes and Sixway

Jack Parker:

Jack Parker Described as “one of Hull’s most innovative artists…” (Soundsphere Magazine), Yorkshire-born singer-songwriter Jack Parker has been captivating audiences across the UK and Europe. Jack combines his honest, singer-songwriter style and powerful, emotion-driven lyrics with the latest live technology to deliver a live show that is touching, engaging, and cutting edge.

Over the past few years, Jack has toured the UK and made festival appearances across Europe; with concerts in Portugal, Holland and Spain to name but a few. As well as delivering captivating live shows, Jack recently released his latest EP, Wild; a burst of fun, excitement and style, whilst retaining those emotional undertones that gently pull at the heartstrings.

The future looks bright for this young singer-songwriter. In 2018, Jack will be appearing at numerous festivals across the UK and Europe including Portugal’s Costa Del Folk Festival. In between his busy gigging schedule, Jack is working hard on his debut album which is set for release in early 2019.

Men of Staithes:

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The Staithes men's choir is always a big draw at the festival. Though no longer made up of fishermen as in the past but it maintain the same traditions with songs of the sea and traditional hymns.



Sixway is a recently formed Jazz band made up of six local jazz musicians from the Whitby area.

Several of the members have performed before at the festival, with Zak Parlby on tenor sax from the village of Staithes itself.

Other members of the band play:  flute, alto sax, bass, keyboards and drums.

Sunday 9th September 16:00-18:30

Our tea time concert will take place in the Lifeboat House with 

White Sail:

White Sail

With a glorious melding of harmony vocals & guitars, mandolin, Celtic harp, Appalachian dulcimer, schruti box, trumpet, flute, woodwind and percussion, the trio perform their own unique material at gigs and festivals.  Taking their inspiration from nature, history & heritage they write about love, life, the land and the sea.  The stories are told with passion and sublime musicality.  The songs are set against soundscapes that are joyous, vibrant and at times, gentle and mesmeric.  They also weave their unique magic on the contemporary and traditional music.

Dire Staithes:

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Staithes very own band! Just back from a tour of North Yorkshire's Village Halls. Filip Cieslik, Alan Young, Adam Clark, John Hamlin, Ian Hodgson and Mike Walls. Playing music from Ronan Keating to George Ezra - with the Beatles and Stones along the way. Expect a fun packed set which will put a smile on your face and have you up on your feet and singing along. 

The Alligators

The Alligators

Returning to the festival for the third time, Hull band the Alligators consist of Tony Underwood on guitar and vocals, Mike Ollerenshaw on lead vocals and bass and Mark Sedgwick on drums. They are definitely a band best captured in a live situation with a set consisting of some strong originals and covers by legends 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

Men of Staithes


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 procession from the Lifeboat House to Bethel to bid farewell to another Staithes Festival