#MakeMusicDay2021 #Ruralfest2021

Are you ready for the 21 June? We will be celebrating Make Music Day in person AND online with our special event, Rural Fest 2021 which has been put together by our crack team of young leaders. 

We will be hosting our morning through a series of pre-recorded videos which you will find here on this page! Then from 4pm onwards we will be hosting a live in person event at The Harrogate Bandstand, Valley Gardens so come on down and join us – be aware that we will be observing the government guidance on social distancing.

If you can’t join us in person – don’t fret we have you covered. You can watch the livestreamed event taking place right here from 4pm!

The line up is looking pretty great, to make sure you don’t miss out on anything keep track of our socials! @rural.fest @NYMAZmusic

We want to hear your thoughts – please give us some feedback on your Rural Fest 2021 experience by completing this questionnaire – thank you! 



Rural Fest 2021


Big Brass Day



Sam Brown Violinist

Ben Morley Band

Martha’s Workshops!


Tune In!

Our team at Rural Fest HQ have come up with a cracking programme of events throughout the day so buckle in and enjoy the ride!

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the exciting activities we have in store for you – Below you will find interviews appearing over the weekend before our event (19-20 June) as a little teaser of what’s to come.

  • Lots of live music!
    We will be streaming some amazing pre-recorded performances from different artists across our fabulous northern county! Our line-up of musicians will be creating music that contains flavours of folk, indie, jazz and classical. Throughout the morning these mini-gigs will be beamed directly to you, as if you’re really there! So, sit back, relax and let the joy of live music flow through you!
  • Interviews!
    Not only will you be stimulated by music, but also through artist interviews. Our music journalist Heather has been working hard on bringing you a series of interviews with our musicians to get to know them better, find out what inspires them and where their music is heading.
  • Workshops and interactive opportunities!
    We encourage all of our viewers to get active during Rural Fest 2021. There will be a range of workshops brought to you specially by our young music leader Martha who will be exploring music and voice work in the morning – so watch this space, and don’t forget to tag us with what you’re up to also.
  • Nope, still not all!
    We have so much more to share with you on the 21st of June, there will be something for everyone at #ruralfest2021. So, we hope you’ll join us as we celebrate music – rural style! We would love to see what you get up to during the day and also hear what you’re loving throughout our event so don’t forget to tag us on @NYMAZmusic, @rural.fest and use the hashtags #ruralfest2021 #makemusicday2021. Let’s make more music happen.


“Throughout all of the ups and downs of the last year, there are few things that I have missed more than an opportunity to sit on some grass, in the sun, and listen to some beautiful music. Finally, the time has come! 

Rural Fest 2021 is taking place at the wonderful Valley Gardens in Harrogate, and will be featuring some of my favourite young artists from across Yorkshire. We have folk artists who will pull at your heart strings, through to low-fi and jazz artists who will warm your soul. To say that I’m excited is an understatement – I just hope that I’m not so busy on the day that I can’t relax to the music!”

– Emyr Dance, Programme Coordinator, Rural Fest 2021


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