Skylights are “hugely excited” for the first show at the LNER Community Stadium

York RLFC are delighted to announce that local band Skylights will be performing at the LNER Community Stadium ahead of our clash against Batley Bulldogs on Monday 18th September.

The York indie rock band will play a 30-minute set in their first ever appearance at the LNER Community Stadium from 6.45pm, aiming to create an electric atmosphere ahead of the Knights’ final Betfred Championship home game of the season.

York RLFC said the club was pleased to continue its collaboration with Skylights, whose single “Britannia” was featured as a walk-out song throughout the 2023 season.

Speaking at the LNER Community Stadium, Skylights guitarist Turnbull Smith said: “We’re really excited to be performing before the York Knights game against Batley Bulldogs.”

“It is an honor to be able to play at the LNER Community Stadium. When it comes to venues in York, it can’t get any better.

“We haven’t performed in York since March last year so it will be great to do a homecoming set.

“I would like to thank Clint and everyone at York RLFC for their support and help moving forward. We can’t wait to be part of an amazing night.”

York Press: Skylights on stage in Leeds during an earlier gigSkylights on stage in Leeds during an earlier gig (Image: Included)

The turnstiles for this game open at 6:15pm and tickets provide access to both the Skylights performance and the Knights’ clash with Batley.

With Brit-pop and post-punk influences from artists such as Oasis, Courteeners and The Verve, Skylights have held sell-out shows across the country in cities such as London, Leeds and Aberdeen.

The band’s album What You Are reached the top 25 of the UK’s Official Album Vinyl Chart last year.

Earlier this year the band were scheduled to perform at Millenium Square in Leeds alongside fellow York-based band Shed Seven.

Skylights said they have looked up to Rick Witter and the group for years – so they are “over the moon” to be part of the special show.

“We have built a huge following in Leeds thanks to all the top people spreading our name and sharing our tracks. So when the opportunity arose to play with York legends Shed Seven in Millennium Square, it took less than a millisecond to say “absolutely,” Turnbull added.

In February the band took to the stage for a headlining show at the legendary King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow.

Turnbull said: “We’ve all heard the story of how Alan McGee from Creation Records signed Oasis on that special night in 1993.”

“I had heard the story that all the bands who sold out King Tut’s got a special bottle of whiskey. When we arrived the store was full and we were given the bottle as a gift. It was a very special evening.” Skylights are “hugely excited” for the first show at the LNER Community Stadium

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