Yorkshire dances to the tune of £262m

MUSIC tourism brings a reported £262m to the Yorkshire & Humber economy, with well over half a million people visiting the region in 2015 for a festival or live concert.

UK Music published the Wish You Were Here 2016 report, which found that 669,000 people music tourist came into the region last year, for events like Leeds Festival.

The report said the industry helped sustain 3,072 full-time jobs across the area.

Hull was a shining star of the report ahead of the 2017 City of Culture celebrations. Last year 198,000 attended music events in the city including 68,000 music tourists, who generated £12m in revenue for the city.

Diana Johnson MP for Hull North said: “Hull’s musical history and our vibrant music scene of today helped Hull to become UK City of Culture 2017. From the Housemartins and the Beautiful South to Mick Ronson and Everything but the Girl, Hull has made a significant contribution to the musical heritage of the UK.”