New stage will showcase emerging talent at South Yorkshire festival

23 May 2016

Attached photograph shows Kate Rusby, who will be performing at the Underneath the Stars festival 2016Up-and-coming musicians will perform on a new stage added to South Yorkshire festival Underneath the Stars.

The new stage will showcase emerging artists from across the region and will be programmed and managed by the Chapel FM multimedia arts centre in Leeds, which trains young people in a range of performance based creative arts and behind the scenes production roles.

Underneath the Stars festival is held in Barnsley and organised by the family of international award-winning singer-songwriter Kate Rusby, who is keen to lend her support to enable more young people to get involved with performing arts.

The stage will be fully covered in a purpose built tent at the event which runs from July 22nd – 24th at Cannon Hall Farm near Barnsley.

The Chapel FM stage will not only provide performers with an opportunity to get up and perform, but the centre’s sound and lighting students will also look after the technical aspects of the stage. The venue will also play host to workshops, where families can learn together about music, arts and crafts.

The emerging Yorkshire artists playing the new stage will join acclaimed international performers at the festival including traditional Irish band Dervish, Malian guitar maestro Vieux Farka Touré, Ron Block of Alison Krauss and Union Station and, of course, Kate Rusby herself.

Kate, who is based in Barnsley, said: “It’s really important that new musical talent is given the chance to be heard and Underneath the Stars is a great platform for them.

“Music fans come from all over the country – and sometimes further – hoping to discover their new favourite band or artist at the festival, so it’s a great opportunity for up-and-coming musicians.

“Our association with Chapel FM shares the common goal of nurturing new local talent and we hope that the new stage will become a long-standing feature of the festival.”

Chapel FM is a broadcasting and live arts centre in Seacroft, Leeds. It runs regular projects with students keen to learn more about the music industry, and works to mentor young and emerging musicians.

Adrian Sinclair, creative director at the centre, said: “We support and promote the vibrant local music scene in Yorkshire in all its flavours. And that’s exactly what our stage will be doing at the festival, by celebrating young and grassroots music from the region.

“We’ll be taking the spirit of music and community that exists at Chapel FM and mixing it with the magic of the Underneath the Stars Festival.”

Up-and-coming acts performing on the new stage across the weekend include Americano folk vocalist Lilac’s Daughter, and teenage acoustic duo Papa Quebec, both from Leeds. They are joined by Fold, an experimental live trip hop four-piece from West Yorkshire.

As well as two stages of music, families at Underneath the Stars can take part in activities including storytelling, street theatre, nature walks, and music and dance workshops. There will also be crafts, a giant planetarium and award-winning food and drink. 

Weekend and day tickets for the festival are available now by visiting


Notes to editor

Attached image shows Kate Rusby. Further photographs, including images of the festival and other artists, are available.

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

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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.

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