Smash Hits 80s pop stars to headline North Yorkshire Festival

Bananarma are playing this year's Grassington Festival, including original members  Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin.
Bananarma are playing this year's Grassington Festival, including original members Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin.

An annual North Yorkshire festival which swings from pop to classical to, well, swing, is to present one of the biggest stars of the era of Smash Hits as its headliners this year.

Grassington Festival has announced that 80’s band Bananarama will headline the always popular Last Night Party at this year’s festival on Saturday, July 1.
Now in its 37th year, this year’s Grassington Festival run over 15 days from June 16 to July 1 and will, as always, play host to an exciting and varied line-up in the lovely Dales.
In terms of Bananarama, original members, Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin will be performing as a duo with their four-piece band.
Bananarama can boast not one but two Band Aid appearances and an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful female band worldwide with the most charting singles, all of which were international hits.
To date they have had 32 top 40 UK hits, including Venus, Cruel Summer and Robert de Niro’s Waiting, and have released 10 albums and sold 30 million records.
Other highlights of the Festival include a Gala Concert with International cellist, Raphael Wallfisch and former BBC Music Fellow Ben Crick with Skipton Building Society Camerata in Priory Church at Bolton Abbey.
There will also be appearances by The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and renowned jazz singer Clare Teal and her Hollywood Orchestra, led by Guy Barker, who will be celebrating the late, great Ella Fitzgerald’s centenary.