LYTHAM FESTIVAL 2023 – Weds June 28 – Sun July 02 – Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe headline

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.
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Joe Elliott of Def Leppard performs live for the "The World Tour" at Sheffield Bramall Lane on May 22, 2023 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images for Live Nation UK)

Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe two pioneers of the hard rock scene will headline Lytham Festival 2023 along side an amazing line up of Jamiroquai, George Ezra, Sting, Lionel Richie and more.

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.

Lytham Festival 2023 will take place on Lytham Green from Wednesday 28 June to Sunday 02 July.

All tickets are on sale now from www.lythamfestival.com

If you want a taste of what to expect from Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe can offer, check out the piece below from when they toured the US last year:

THE STADIUM TOUR hit select cities in the U.S. where each band brought their electrifying stage shows to the masses.

Following the huge success of their NETFLIX biopic THE DIRT, Mötley Crüe has seen a massive surge in new audience with fans around the world demanding the band tour again. This lead to the band members reuniting and announcing that “Mötley Crüe is back” just recently. While The Dirt caused a meteoric 350% increase in streams of Mötley Crüe’s music across all platforms and the younger 18-44 demographic now represents 64% of the band’s fanbase most of the new fans have never seen any of the band’s legendary live shows that Crüeheads have relished for close to 4 decades. Mötley Crüe is also celebrating the 30th Anniversary of their #1 charting, 7x Platinum album, DR. FEELGOOD this year.  The band is ready to deliver an over the top stage show packed full of hit songs.

2019 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES Def Leppard are one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the past year, the icons closed out a sold-out worldwide tour including a North American stadium run & headlining the UK’s Download Festival to 90k screaming fans. Def Leppard’s star continues to rise and prevail. The band have amassed a staggering 2.5 billion streams since releasing their music digitally last year. Def Leppard’s influential career crosses generations and includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, both of which are certified Diamond (10x platinum).

If you’re not convinced by that, check out our review of the Wembley Arena show HERE when Def Leppard celebrated the 30th Anniversary of multi Platinum selling ‘Hysteria’

Lytham Festival director Peter Taylor said: “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.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – MAY 22: Def Leppard perform live for the “The World Tour” at Sheffield Bramall Lane on May 22, 2023 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images for Live Nation UK)

“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.”

The opening night of Lytham Festival 2023 will see English Funk and acid jazz outfit Jamiroquai headline on Wednesday June 28. 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.

BRIT Award-winning, multi-platinum selling musician George Ezra will then headline on Thursday June 29. 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 (2014) and Staying At Tamara’s (2018), 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.

Friday June 30 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 and rapidly rising Australian sibling trio Germein.

A long-awaited headliner set from Lionel Richie will fill Lytham Green on Saturday July 01 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.

And the closing night of Lytham Festival 2023 on Sunday July 02 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.

Peter Taylor added: “We have a combination of British and American rock and pop legends and award-winning musicians. In 2022 we had our biggest ever Lytham Festival taking place over 10 nights. For 2023 we return to our usual five nights but they will be five huge nights and we can’t wait.”

For more information and to secure tickets go to www.lythamfestival.com

LYTHAM FESTIVAL 2023

Weds June 28 – Jamiroquai with support from Jake Shears, Fun Lovin’ Criminals & Stone Foundation

Thurs June 29 – George Ezra with support from Cat Burns, The Big Moon & Kingfishr

Fri June 30 – Sting with special guest Blondie and support from Kaiser Chiefs & Germein

Sat July 01 – Lionel Richie with support from Gabrielle, Kim Wilde & Kevin Davy White

Sun July 02 – Def Leppard & Mötley Crüe with VIVAS

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