Countdown begins to South Yorkshire festival on a farm

20 June 2016

Undereneath the stars to team - Joe Rusby, Kate Rusby and Emma HollingWith one month to go until international musicians descend on South Yorkshire, the countdown to the Underneath the Stars Festival has begun.

Taking place from July 22nd – 24th at Cannon Hall Farm near Barnsley, the festival of music, arts and food will host performers from around the world, as well as home-grown talent. It will be headlined by folk star Kate Rusby, who’s family are organising the event. 

The coming weeks will see three music stages erected in the fields of the farm, which will be covered by big top tents with seating. And 200 volunteers are standing by to welcome thousands of people to the festival, which is taking place for the third year. 

International musicians preparing to perform include Malian guitar maestro Vieux Farka Touré, American Ron Block of Alison Krauss and Union Station, South African electro-pop group Bye Beneco and traditional Irish band Dervish. 

They will be joined by UK-based acts including singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney; Scottish folk and jazz songwriter Ross Wilson aka Blue Rose Code; and winners of the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Talisk.

A third stage, added for the first time to the festival, will showcase up-and-coming talent from Yorkshire. It will be programmed and managed by Leeds-based multimedia arts centre Chapel FM. 

Kate Rusby, who lives in Barnsley, organises Underneath the Stars with her sister Emma Holling and brother Joe Rusby. They will spend the next few weeks working together on the final details of the event.  

Kate said: “It still feels amazing to be putting on a show like this in our hometown. As a family we have been travelling to festivals around the globe for 24 years, picking up lots of ideas along the way, and many of the people performing at our festival are friends we have made whilst touring. It’s great to now be able to invite them to our part of the world.”  

As well as aiming to put on a relaxed event for families, music fans and food lovers, Kate and her family are also hoping Underneath the Stars will help to put Barnsley on the map. 

Emma Holling, festival director and Kate’s sister, said: “People come from all over the country, and sometimes even further, to enjoy Underneath the Stars. It’s a great way for us to showcase the beautiful South Yorkshire countryside that we are so proud of.

“Of course we are hugely passionate about the music, but it’s always been really important to us that the festival is truly family-friendly too. As well as a giant planetarium we’ve got storytelling and nature walks, lots of workshops, street theatre, a creative kids tent and a craft village. We’re also very excited about the food and drink offerings this year, which will give people a real taste of Yorkshire.” 

Award-winning street food includes sweet and savoury Yorkshire puddings, pulled pork and ‘Yorkshire Tapas’ from The Picked Porker and artisan ice-cream from Huddersfield-based Yummy Yorkshire. There’s a real ale bar for the adults and pop-up café The Ethical Tea Machine will be serving hot and cold drinks for everyone. 

Standard day and weekend tickets are available, and camping facilities include hot showers and the ability for people to park next to their tents. Families also have the option to stay over in style with Yorkshire-based glamping experts Glampit. And all tickets include half price access to Cannon Hall Farm, which will be open as normal throughout the weekend.  

The festival will once again be supporting Yorkshire Cancer Research as its charity partner. 

Tickets are still available by visiting

This press release was prepared by Capital B Media, a public relations and media training agency based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. For more information, please visit


Notes to editor

Attached images show Kate Rusby, the festival in 2015, and Kate Rusby, Joe Rusby and Emma Holling in the festival field. Further photographs, including images of the festival and the line-up, are available.

For further information about the festival and programme please visit or contact Kate Kershaw at or on 07588 881121.

Additional media contact: Mary Ferguson on 01226 766900 or at 

About the festival:

Underneath the Stars 2016 runs from Friday 22 July – Sunday 24 July and is a family-friendly festival of music, arts and food. It is a collaboration between Barnsley folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby, her family production team and Cannon Hall Farm, run by the Nicholson family.

Underneath the Stars aims to provide opportunities for our audience to explore a diverse programme of high quality music and creative arts.

About Kate Rusby and Pure Records: 
Of all the stars in Folk music’s wondrous firmament few shine as brightly as Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby. In 1999, aged just 26, Kate was named as one of the Top Ten Folk Voices of the Century. 

Everything she has done since has confirmed the foresight of those who bestowed that honour.

From being a nominee for 1999’s Mercury prize – almost unheard of for a folk singer both then and now – for her stunningly assured second solo album, Sleepless, to 2014’s captivating Ghost, Kate has stayed true to her folk and acoustic roots. 

Pure Records is a small and truly independent record label based in Penistone, South Yorkshire, and run by Kate Rusby and her family, handling the recording and merchandising for Kate Rusby and Damien O Kane.

This press release was prepared by Capital B Media, a public relations and media training agency based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. For more information, please visit

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