A CHARITY concert in York, supporting the fight against cancer, will be presented by some of the best local groups to raise funds for vital research.

York Rocks Against Cancer returns Saturday, July 23 at the York Barbican. This is the fifth installment of ‘York Rocks’ since its inception in 2013, with nearly £70,000 raised for the charity York Against Cancer.

Ian Surgenor developed the concept after being touched by cancer in his family and more recently overcoming his own battle with the disease.

It’s the team’s ‘lucky third time’ after having to rearrange the gig following two cancellations due to Covid restrictions – and Ian is finalizing the final details for this year’s event.

He said, “We just had our final confirmation with this year’s lineup. I’m absolutely delighted to announce that York-based band Skylights will be our headliner after their sold-out gig at Leeds O2 Academy.

“They’ll be performing five of their tracks, which we’re really excited about.

“We also have the cast of Emmerdale again this year, who performed at all five York Rocks events.”

Ian has confirmed that the Emmerdale cast members involved this year are Bradley Johnson who plays Vinnie Dingle, Dean Andrews who plays Will Taylor, Lawrence Robb who plays Mackenzie Boyd and Jessie Elland who plays Chloe Harris, all orchestrated by Emmerdale chief of producer, Nader Mabadi.

Other musical groups also perform in the evenings, including The YAC Collective, a collaboration of local musical artists who recently recorded and released a charity single for York Against Cancer, which they will perform, titled “You Lined Up All The Stars “. .

Every penny from record sales will go to the charity York Against Cancer and the song is available on all streaming platforms, as well as for purchase as a CD at York Barbican on the night of the charity concert.

Julie Russell, Managing Director of York Against Cancer, said: “We are so grateful to all of our sponsors and supporters, so all event costs are covered, meaning every penny from ticket sales goes directly to York Against Cancer.

“It’s so good to have a big event to look forward to after the past two years, we want everyone to party and have fun at night.

“We have given free tickets to the NHS as an appreciation for the great work they have done during the pandemic and continue to do today, especially with the cancer patients we also support. .”

If you are looking to get York Rocks Against Cancer tickets, you can do so through the York Barbican website. They are priced at £14.20 each.