Preparations for South Yorkshire music festival in full flow

16 July 2015

Preparations for a South Yorkshire music festival are in full flow, with thousands of visitors expected to converge on the popular family-friendly event near Barnsley.

Organisers of the Underneath the Stars Festival, which takes place at Cannon Hall Farm in Cawthorne on July 24th – 26th, are busy putting the final touches to the site and making sure everything is ready for the three day event.

Festival director Emma Holling said: “We are expecting around 3,000 visitors per day, drawn from all around the country to our line-up of 30 world class performers and our packed programme of arts and cultural activities.

“We’ve also invited around 20 artisan craft traders and 20 of the finest street food stalls, plus the local Silkstone Scout Group will be cooking up over 1,500 bacon butties each morning to raise funds for a new equipment store.

“Around 200 volunteers will be helping to keep festival-goers safe and happy around the 30 acre site, whatever the weather.”

The festival showcases a mix of folk, swing, jazz, rock and roll, blues and world music. None of the musical acts run concurrently so attendees don’t have the usual festival dilemma of who to see and who to miss. It’s possible to see performances from everyone on the line-up and never miss a set.

The fully-seated main concert marquee alone is 54 metres square, 15 metres high and, once erected, can be seen from the M1 motorway over two miles away. As well as various marquees, the festival site includes a vintage ferris wheel, fairground rides and a giant planetarium for keen stargazers.

Headliners on this year’s Underneath the Stars line-up include Kate Rusby herself; US song-writing legend Mary Chapin Carpenter and Eddi Reader, formerly of Fairground Attraction; and Galleon Blast featuring BBC radio personality Mark Radcliffe. Other performers include Philip Selway, of Radiohead; Molotov Jukebox fronted by Natalia Tena of Harry Potter and Game of Thrones fame; and Sheffield-based legendary guitar maestro Martin Simpson, plus many more.

The event is staged at Cannon Hall Farm, a family-friendly visitor attraction which will be open as usual during the weekend. Sheep have already been moved away from the field which hosts the festival to make way for the visitors.

Additional family fun will be provided through a selection of storytelling, music and dance workshops and craft activities, a camper van cinema and artisan food and drink from Yorkshire-based suppliers.

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.

Underneath the Stars weekend tickets, with or without camping, and day tickets, without camping, are on sale via

Notes to editor

Broadcast, filming and photography opportunities: there will be opportunities to film or photograph both the preparations for the festival, and at the festival itself.

Contact Emma Holling at Underneath the stars 01226 767872 or or Sally Brown at Capital B Media on 01226 766900 or 07950 870 864 or at

Attached photographs show last year’s Underneath the Stars at Cannon Hall Farm.

The Underneath the Stars Festival is now in its second year and is organised by Kate and her brother Joe Rusby and sister Emma Holling, in close collaboration with Cannon Hall Farm owners, the Nicholson family. It takes place across three fields of Yorkshire farmland beside the popular farm visitor attraction – which will be open as usual during the festival. The event will feature camping and glamping with facilities which aim to offer services a ‘cut above’ usual festival expectations. Free hot showers and luxury loos stocked with hand-made LUSH soaps will be available.

Barnsley-born Kate Rusby’s 22-year career includes several studio albums and thousands of live performances all over the world. She has won various awards including several BBC Radio Two Folk Awards and in 2014 her contribution to the UK music industry was recognised with a Gold Award from BASCA (British Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors).

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