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Singer-songwriter and pop musician Alistair Griffin will launch a new music festival on Eskdale School playing fields on Saturday 23rd July. Alistair said "Whitby
already hosts some great events, but I want to create a music event for local people that showcases Whitby to the world."

The event "Whitby Rising", which Alistair describes as a "mini festival", will be the forerunner to a bigger event next year; giving a taster of things to come before it moves to a larger site in 2017.

Alistair's album "Albion Sky" is a worldwide hit, with his song "Just Drive" an ever-present TV theme tune for fans of Formula One.

Alistair, who's been a big supporter of the fight to save Eskdale, says "This year has seen the community really come together, and I want this to be a celebration of all things Whitby - a chance for people to come together once more, and enjoy some great entertainment."

The event, which will see Alistair headline his first show in Whitby for 10 years, promises an entertaining evening of great music. Alistair says his set will include "classic songs"; something people can "party to", as well as original tracks, including The Road, which is now the Tour de Yorkshire official anthem.

The extensive programme of live acts includes The Voice finalist Beth McCarthy and X Factor's Abi Alton, as well as local acts and Whitby favourites Eight Feet High and Moonwreck. All this alongside buskers, and a brass band entertaining the punters before they enter the main arena. With festival food and drink and even a Prosecco Bar, it promises to be a real celebration.

"We've got big plans and big names lined up for next year, but I wanted to give people a taster this year, just to whet their appetite."

Tickets are available from www.thelittleboxoffice.com/alistairgriffin

Tickets available online and locally at Whitby Tourist Information Centre,
Abigails (on Flowergate) and Eskdale School (Reception)

Tickets are £15 (no concessions)

All ages welcome. Children under 11 must leave the event by 9pm.