As a long standing festival reveller, I was more than excited to see that South Yorkshire had bagged itself another nationally celebrated music and arts festival.
Launching in 2014, established by Barnsley’s Mercury Award Winning Kate Rusby and her family, the festival has a folky vibe with world class artists.
If you’ve never heard of Kate Rusby, she’s one of the biggest acoustic singer-songwriters in the world right now. She has over a million YouTube views and is known as the Barnsley Nightingale.
If you like the idea of getting into folk and experiencing something different in Doncaster you can check out long standing supporters of the festival Roots Music Club which brings great folk acts to Doncaster every week.
After visiting the festival this Summer here’s my guide to why you should visit in 2018
Firstly this festival is only a short drive from Doncaster. Just 50mins and you are in the idyllic setting of Cannon Hall. There are stunning views, a lovely on-site farm and camping as well as Glamping on site.
Quality Line-up every year.
The 2017 line-up had the impressive Newton Faulkner headlining You might remember “Dream Catch Me” from the UK charts in 2007.
I do recommend checking out some of his more recent stuff, as musically he’s grown and gone from strength to strength. I’d personally have some Faulkner over Sheeran any-day. Kudos to Underneath the Stars for bringing these big names to our doorstep. I’m looking forwards to seeing who the 2018 headliners will be.
There’s seating in the marquees.
Folk festivals are always more chilled out than your average festival and many goers would find this idea strange. Sat in the middle row amongst a diverse age range of people made me feel like I was on the sofa at home. It might not be for everyone but it gave the experience more of a concert gig. It gave me a chance to rest my knees. The stage, lighting rig and sound were at the top of their game.
I felt no corners had been cut at this festival. The line-up, food stalls, artisan makers, kid’s activities, site decor were punching above their weight for a smallish festival in South Yorkshire. It really raises the bar.
On arrival I saw that outdoor Theatre Company Pifpaf where performing one of their nationally renowned performances the Seed Show. Pifpaf can be spotted at many major art festivals, providing something magical for kids and adults.
There’s also more activities from circus skills, Tai Chi, Ukulele, Clog Dancing, Percussion, Swing Dance, Harmony Singing, Dry-stone Walling, Mosaic Art and Rag Rugging.
I always judge a festival on how happy the volunteers look, if they are having fun you know you’re on to a good thing.
Keep up to date with Underneath The Stars 2018 HERE. Photocredit Bryan Ledgard