Northern Soul has teamed up with Harrogate International Festivals to offer two tickets to see its headline act, the MOBO award winner, Laura Mvula.

Performing at the Royal Hall on Friday July 27, 2018, Mvula wowed critics with her Mercury and Brit-nominated debut album Sing to the Moon in 2013. Laura recently collaborated with the legendary Nile Rodgers, combining his upbeat sound with her thrilling harmonies in the album The Dreaming Room.

The festival

Alongside the MOBO winning Mvula, Harrogate Music Festival kicks off with a special launch concert on June 17 from the John Wilson Orchestra, with a starry programme that features the famous women of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Highlights for the month-long Music Festival in July include northern powerhouse, the Hallé Orchestra with its musical director, the renowned Sir Mark Elder CBE, celebrating the 125th anniversary of Tchaikovsky.

As part of the global celebrations of the centennial of Leonard Bernstein, Britain’s favourite clarinettist, Emma Johnson, will perform his classics including music from West Side Story.

Harrogate International FestivalsShowcasing Young Musicians for over half a century, the Festival features rising star Louisa Staples.

The international strings prodigy performs Prokofiev, Debussy and Ravel.

The Force is with Oddsocks as the theatre troupe deliver their trademark twist on The Bard, setting Shakespeare in space. The Tempest moves to a galaxy far, far away in a sci-fi musical adaptation performed in RHS Harlow Carr Gardens.

For a little divine intervention, British vocal ensemble VOCES8 perform A Guardian Angel with the queen of the Baroque violin, Rachel Podger in a concert by candlelight.

This year also sees the return of the magical Spiegeltent in Crescent Gardens, with a Children’s Festival and week-long programme of live music featuring club classics, soul and jazz, with Guest Curator the MOBO-nominated jazz vocalist, Ayanna Witter-Johnson.

Acts include the House of Burlesque, the Gypsy Queens, a DJ set from Graeme Park, and jazz duo Binker and Moses, alongside free lunchtime concerts by Young Musicians.

LUMINARIUM Photo Jason NakraniThe festival will also host the popular 1940s Day and a Long Table Dinner in Valley Gardens. With over 80 events, there’ll be a chance to chill out and enjoy sensory bliss in a walk-in Sculpture on the Stray with the Luminarium from Architects of Air.

The competition

To be in with a chance of getting your hands on a pair of tickets to see Laura Mvula as part of Harrogate International Festivals, all you have to do is sign up to the Northern Soul newsletter (details of how to do this are on the right-hand side of the page) and send an email to with the title ‘Laura Mvula’.

Closing date: May 24, 2018

Winners will be picked at random and notified by: May 25, 2018


For dates and more info, or to book tickets: Box Office: 01423 562 303