Second wave of names in line-up for South Yorkshire festival revealed

11 April 2016

Lenny Dee of Bye BenecoA South African electro-pop group and a trailblazing international flautist are amongst the latest additions to the eclectic line-up at a South Yorkshire music and arts festival.

Bye Beneco, from Johannesburg, and Manchester-born flute and whistle virtuoso Michael McGoldrick will perform alongside headliner Kate Rusby at the Underneath the Stars Festival at Cannon Hall Farm near Barnsley in this summer.

The event, now in its third year, runs from 22nd-24th July and is organised by Kate’s family production team, Pure Records.

Leeds based alt-indie band Dancing Years; Scottish fiddle master Duncan Chisholm; 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Damien O’Kane; and North East pop four-piece Joy Atlas have also been announced as performing at the festival.

Also added to the line-up are Tantz, with their klezmer-tinged grooves; and Gary Stewart & The Tin Foil Collective, who will perform their re-creation of Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ album.

To coincide with the latest artist announcements, day tickets for the festival have just been released. Weekend tickets are still available too, both with and without camping.

Emma Holling, festival director and Kate Rusby’s sister, said: “We are really excited to announce the latest names in the line-up. With about 100 days to go, the festival is shaping up to be another fantastic family-friendly event with a really wide range of musical performances.”Michael McGoldrick

The latest line-up of artists will join performers announced last month, which include; Vieux Farka Touré, Dervish, The Demon Barbers XL, Blair Dunlop, Olivia Chaney and King Zepha. So far, 30 names have been announced and even more will be added to the line-up in coming weeks.

The artists will all perform in big-top style tents with seating, meaning festival-goers can stay dry during performances – whatever the weather. 

And alongside two stages of music, Underneath the Stars will also feature family activities including storytelling and street theatre, music and dance workshops, an artisan crafts village, creative kids tent and a giant planetarium. Food and drink offerings include a real ale bar and award winning street food.

Emma said: “We’re hoping to attract first-timers as well as seasoned festival goers, as the huge variety of musical performances and family activities means there really is something to appeal to everyone, whether they come along for the day or for the weekend.”

Camping with hot showers is available for those who choose to make a weekend of it, as well as luxury ‘glamping’ pitches. 

Camping and day tickets are on sale now at and they include half price access to Cannon Hall Farm, which is open as normal throughout the weekend.


Notes to editor

Attached images show Lenny Dee of Bye Beneco and Michael McGoldrick. Further photographs, including images of the announced artists, are available.

More acts will be announced soon, alongside information about family activities, workshops and performances.

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

Additional media contact: Joshua Nutt on 01226 766900 or at

About the festival:
Underneath the Stars 2016 runs from Friday 22 July – Sunday 24 July.

Underneath the Stars Festival is a fresh new summer festival of music, arts and food. It is a collaboration between Barnsley folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby, her family production team and one of the finest Yorkshire visitor attractions and quality food producer Cannon Hall Open Farm run by the Nicholson Family.

Underneath the Stars is an annual family-friendly weekend event through which the organisers aim 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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