Yorkshire music festival ticket sales up on last year with 100 days to go

13 April 2015

With 100 days to go to the start of a Barnsley music festival organisers have announced they have sold three times as many advance tickets as last year.

The Underneath the Stars Festival, which takes place between July 24th and 26th at Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley, has already sold over a quarter of available tickets for the three day music event.

With nearly 1,400 full weekend tickets in the bag and high hopes of many more sales in the next 100 days, organisers have increased camping and parking capacity to meet demand and appealed for more volunteers to get involved with the event too.

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 is being organised by Barnsley’s most famous singer-songwriter Kate Rusby and her family. As well as Kate headlining on the Sunday, this year’s festival line-up is topped by US song-writing legend Mary Chapin Carpenter and Eddi Reader, formerly of Fairground Attraction, on the Saturday; and Galleon Blast featuring BBC radio personality Mark Radcliffe on the Friday.

Festival director Emma Holling, Kate’s sister, said: “We had a great first year last year and have announced a great line-up for this year’s festival, so we are really pleased to see interest building so quickly in the event.

“Advance ticket sales have been so good that we have sold three times as many tickets as the same time last year. And we are expecting more sales in the coming weeks as people plan their summer.

“Cannon Hall Farm has allocated us an extra field so that we can double our camping space to 20 acres and make room for up to 1,000 camping and glamping pitches this year.

“We’d love to attract music festival veterans and newcomers of all ages to enjoy this family-friendly cultural event which we feel is very special. Underneath the Stars aims to offer a great programme of activities and boutique facilities that are a cut above the average festival, with free hot showers and luxury loos stocked with hand-made LUSH soaps, all in beautiful rural Yorkshire surroundings."

Emma would also like to hear from more volunteers interested in getting involved. Volunteers receive free tickets for the festival in return for their time.

She said: “We need a small army of dedicated helpers to assist with preparing and clearing the festival site, as well as a large number of volunteer stewards to look after the campsite and marquee venues and assist performers and festival goers throughout the weekend."

“More than 150 volunteers have already signed up following the success of last year’s event but we would love to hear from more.”

For more information, email stewards@underthestarsfest.co.uk or ring Emma Holling on 01226 767872.

Underneath the Stars weekend tickets, with or without camping, are now on sale via www.underthestarsfest.co.uk and day tickets will go on sale from Friday May 1st.

Last year’s event attracted around 5,000 people in total over two days, but this year’s has capacity to entertain 5,000 people a day over a three day programme.

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.

The event is organised in close collaboration with Cannon Hall Farm’s owners, the Nicholson family and takes place across three fields of Yorkshire farmland beside the popular farm visitor attraction – which will be open as usual during the festival.

Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows Underneath the Stars festival director Emma Holling with brother and artistic director Joe Rusby and sister Kate Rusby.

Photographs from last year’s event are available on request.

For media enquiries, please contact 01226 767872 or press@underthestarsfest.co.uk and visit www.underthestarsfest.co.uk

The Underneath the Stars line-up for 2015 includes international star Mary Chapin Carpenter, who has sold more than 13 million records in her 25 year career; scots chanteuse Eddi Reader, formerly of Fairground Attraction; Philip Selway (Radiohead) in an intimate singer-songwriter setting; Molotov Jukebox with their unique tropical-gypsy-dance sound fronted by Natalia Tena, of Harry Potter and Game of Thrones fame; legendary 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 personality Mark Radcliffe, plus many more.

To accompany the music, this year’s festival will feature a giant planetarium, 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.

Barnsley-born 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 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 prestigious Gold Award from BASCA (British Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors). She was nominated for the Mercury prize for her album Sleepless in 1999. She was also made an Official Patron of Yorkshire in 2008 in recognition of her passion for her home county and the way she promotes Yorkshire wherever she goes on tour. Yorkshire and her family roots are also an important influence on her music and her writing. Kate has honorary doctorates from Huddersfield and Sheffield Hallamshire Universities.

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

Additional media contact: Sally Brown on 01226 766900 or 07950 870864 or at sally@capitalbmedia.co.uk

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