Radiohead star to sing at South Yorkshire music festival

19 May 2015

The drummer and vocalist from world famous rock band Radiohead will be appearing at a South Yorkshire music festival in July.

Philip Selway will be singing at the Underneath the Stars Festival, at Cannon Hall Farm in Cawthorne, alongside US songwriting legend Mary Chapin Carpenter and international singer-songwriter Kate Rusby.

The festival, which runs from 24th-26th July, is being organised by Kate and her family with the help of the Nicholson family who run the farm.

Selway, who will be playing on Saturday 25th July, is a musician, singer and songwriter, who has been behind the Radiohead drum kit for thirty years and eight albums. The group, which headlined at Glastonbury in 1997 and 2003, has performed all over the world and won numerous music awards since its formation in 1985. It was listed number one in NMEs top 100 most influential artists’ poll last year.

Selway launched his debut solo album ‘Familial’ four years ago, followed by ‘Weatherhouse’ in 2014. He also appeared in the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as a member of the band ‘The Weird Sisters’ along with Radiohead bandmate Jonny Greenwood and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker.

Underneath the Stars festival director Joe Rusby, brother of Kate, said: “Kate has collaborated with Philip quite recently on her retrospective album ’20’ and we have always been a big fan of his music.

“Not everyone knows that he has a very personal, folkier side to his music and it’s great to have him playing at the festival, where he will be performing in a really intimate singer-songwriter setting.”

Underneath the Stars aims to showcase an eclectic mix of music including folk, swing, jazz, rock and roll, blues and world music as well as provide arts, crafts and cultural activities, with artisan food from local suppliers in a family-friendly setting.

The festival line-up for 2015 also includes Eddi Reader, formerly of Fairground Attraction; Molotov Jukebox with their unique tropical-gypsy-dance sound fronted by Natalia Tena, of Harry Potter and Game of Thrones fame; guitar maestro Martin Simpson; US old-time music genius Bruce Molsky; cheeky North East trio The Young’Uns; Bristol-based vintage-swing fusion outfit Electric Swing Circus; Leeds-based eclectic six piece Hope and Social, Galleon Blast featuring BBC Radio presenter Mark Radcliffe and many more.

To accompany the music, Underneath the Stars will feature a giant planetarium dome, creative crafts, storytelling and vintage fairground rides, plus music and dance workshops and artisan craft traders. Food and drink will be provided by Yorkshire-based producers and sellers.

Tickets can be purchased from www.underthestarsfest.co.uk. Weekend tickets are available with or without camping. Day tickets are also available – and do not include camping.

Last year’s event attracted around 8,000 people over three days, and this year organisers have increased the festival’s capacity to entertain 15,000 people over the weekend.

Underneath the Stars takes place across three fields of Yorkshire farmland beside the popular Cannon Hall Farm visitor attraction – which will be open as usual during the festival.

Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows Philip Selway.

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Underneath the Stars is a not-for-profit organisation run by a board of directors which includes Kate Rusby’s brother and sister, Joe Rusby and Emma Holling.

Philip Selway (born in 1967) is a musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the drummer with Radiohead. The group are currently working on their ninth album and have won three Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album, seven NME Awards including Best Album, Best Band and Best Band Blog and four Q Awards. Selway provides occasional guitar and lead vocals for 7 Worlds Collide, which produced a studio charity album for Oxfam in 2008. He launched his debut album ‘Familial’ four years ago, followed by the ‘Running Blind’ EP in 2011 and ‘Weatherhouse’ in 2014. He also appeared in the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as a member of the band "The Weird Sisters" along with Radiohead bandmate Jonny Greenwood and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker. He has been an active member of the emotional support group Samaritans since 1991.

Barnsley-born singer-songwriter Kate Rusby is one of the most respected and well-loved artistes in the UK music industry. Her 22-year career includes several studio albums and thousands of live performances all over the world. She was nominated for the Mercury prize for her album Sleepless in 1999 and has won several BBC Radio Two folk awards. Kate has honorary doctorates from Huddersfield and Sheffield Hallamshire Universities. Most recently, in 2014 she was awarded a Gold Award from BASCA (British Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors). She co-wrote ‘Who Will Sing Me Lullabies’, from the album ‘Little Lights’, with Philip Selway in 2001.

Underneath the Stars’ official charity partner is Yorkshire Cancer Research, the largest independent regional cancer charity in England. It supports vital projects across Yorkshire helping people avoid, survive and cope with cancer.

For more information about Cannon Hall Farm, visit www.cannonhallfarm.co.uk

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