Jamiroquai, George Ezra, Sting, Lionel Richie and Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe will all headline Lytham Festival 2023 which begins today.
The line-up of international rock, pop and funk legends and multi-award-winning musicians will see Lancashire’s biggest live music festival return for what is set to be five unforgettable nights.
Along with the headliners, US rock band Blondie, indie heroes Kaiser Chiefs, award-winning hitmaker Gabrielle, Scissor Sisters’ frontman Jake Shears, New York’s kings of cool Fun Lovin’ Criminals, singer songwriter of the moment Cat Burns, and British pop icon Kim Wilde also join the bill as special guests and support artists.
“What a line-up! We are always excited to reveal who will be coming to Lytham Festival and for 2023 we have one of our best line-ups to date.
“Each year we endeavour to work with artists who appeal to as wide an audience as possible. So when you’ve got Jamiroquai opening the festival, George Ezra the following night, and then Sting with special guest Blondie, I think it’s fair to say that represents a very varied week at Lytham.
“Add to that we are delighted we have the icon that is Lionel Richie finally coming to us and of course, arguably the world’s most iconic and celebrated rock legends to close the festival – Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe.
“Lytham Festival is all about the audience and what we can bring to those music fans every year. 2023 represents a huge line up of both international stars and homegrown talent. It’s going to be a big year.”Peter Taylor (Lytham Festival director)
The line-up for the first day
The opening night of Lytham Festival 2023 will see English funk and acid jazz outfit Jamiroquai headline on Wednesday 28 June (today). Led by jazz-infused soulman Jay Kay, Jamiroquai have sold more than 27 million albums, scooped a Grammy and Ivor Novello awards, and enjoyed multiple sold-out world tours.
From Too Young To Die and Space Cowboy to Cosmic Girl and huge crowd pleaser Virtual Insanity, Jamiroquai are set to launch the party for the festival’s biggest ever funk night.
Soul band Stone Foundation will open the evening followed by Scooby Snacks hitmakers Fun Lovin’ Criminals while Jake Shears will be the main support.
Jake Shears is the lead singer of the multiplatinum-selling, Grammy-nominated, BRIT award-winning American glam rock band Scissor Sisters but has also enjoyed great success for his solo work following the release of his 2018 eponymous debut album.
Ahead of Jake’s set, New York’s Fun Lovin’ Criminals will bring their infectious blend of cinematic hip-hop, rock ‘n’ roll, blues-jazz and Latin-soul to leafy Lytham. With six studio albums, two cover albums, a triple live album and various best of’s behind them, Fun Lovin’ Criminals are currently putting the finishing touches to their seventh studio album.
And for Stone Foundation, a set at Lytham festival marks part of the 25th anniversary year celebrations for the eight-piece outfit who have enjoyed huge successes over the years and have collaborated with artists including Paul Weller, Melba Moore and Peter Capaldi.
Day two’s line-up
BRIT Award-winning, multi-platinum selling musician George Ezra will then headline on Thursday 29 June (tomorrow). It is a return trip to the Fylde coast for Ezra who shared the bill at the festival in 2018 with Emeli Sandé.
George is one of the UK’s most acclaimed songwriters and live performers. After two blockbuster albums – Wanted On Voyage and Staying At Tamara’s, both of which reached Number 1 in the UK and sold millions around the world – he released third album The Gold Rush Kid earlier this year which once again enjoyed the Number 1 spot in the UK and includes the hit singles Anyone For You and Green Green Grass.
George will be joined by triple BRIT Awards 2023 nominee Cat Burns, The Big Moon and Kingfishr.
Cat went from busking on London’s Southbank to mastering TikTok during lockdown, amassing a huge following and praise for her music. Drawing on gospel influences, pop inspirations and a love of guitar led and indie music, Cat is a rapidly rising star on the UK music scene and will perform her smash 2022 hit single Go on tomorrow night’s BRIT Awards.
She will also be joined by English indie rock band The Big Moon at Lytham. The alt-pop four-piece released their third album Here is Everything to critical acclaim last October and have dates across the UK festival calendar this summer.
And opening the night will be Limerick-based three-piece outfit Kingfishr who have quickly established themselves as one of the rising prospects in Irish music.
Day three’s line-up
Friday 30 June will see musician and acclaimed singer-songwriter Sting headline and he will be joined by special guest US rock band Blondie.
Composer, singer-songwriter, actor and author Sting has remained a constant on the global music scene since forming The Police back in 1977. As one of the world’s most distinctive artists, with The Police and as a solo artist, his award-filled career includes no fewer than 17 Grammy Awards, four BRITS, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, four Oscar nominations and a TONY nomination.
Sting’s Lytham set will see fans enjoy a musical journey taking in hits including Fields of Gold, Shape of my Heart, Roxanne, Englishman In New York, Every Breath You Take, Message In A Bottle and many more.
Special guest Blondie are undeniably one of the most trailblazing and influential bands of our time. Blondie is pioneering frontwoman/songwriter Debbie Harry, guitarist/conceptual mastermind Chris Stein, and powerhouse drummer Clem Burke, along with bandmates bassist Glen Matlock, guitarist Tommy Kessler and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen.
Among their hits is the groundbreaking rock-disco hybrid Heart of Glass, the equally influential hip-hop fantasia Rapture, the stalker-love song One Way Or Another and the lilting calypso The Tide Is High.
Support will come from Yorkshire’s indie heroes Kaiser Chiefs, rapidly rising Australian sibling trio Germein and Sting’s son singer, songwriter and bassist Joe Sumner will also be on the bill.
Day four’s line-up
A long-awaited headliner set from Lionel Richie will fill Lytham Green on Saturday 1 July as the international superstar will perform songs from his extensive and much-loved repertoire spanning decades, all the way from the Commodores to the present day.
Lionel Richie’s shows are world renowned for their party atmosphere, with fans set to enjoy timeless mega-hits and singalong classics such as Three Times A Lady, Truly, Say You Say Me and All Night Long. His music is part of the fabric of pop music and Richie has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide and is an Oscar, Golden Globe, and four-time Grammy Awards winner.
He will be supported by award-winning hitmaker Gabrielle, British pop icon Kim Wilde, and blues, soul and rock artist Kevin Davy White.
Day five’s line-up
And the closing night of Lytham Festival 2023 on Sunday 2 July will see its biggest rock night ever with a double headliner set from Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard.
Hot off the heels of the biggest North American stadium tour of 2022, Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard will head to Lytham as one of only four UK dates to be announced for their upcoming The World tour.
They will be supported by Indie-Rock outfit VIVAS. Hailing from Def Leppard’s hometown of Sheffield, this four-piece are intent on bringing infectious energy to the Indie Rock scene having sold out shows across their 2022 tour.
For more information and to secure tickets, you can visit the festival website.