Underneath the Stars Festival returns

Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd July, Cannon Hall Open Farm

Underneath the Stars Festival is a grand feast of music and arts with a unique charm, set in the sweeping fields of Cannon Hall Open Farm in Cawthorne – between Huddersfield and Barnsley – and is back for its fourth year from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July.

Alongside the world-class folk and roots music, including Kate Rusby who is celebrating her 25th anniversary in the business, this year’s festival offers an even bigger line-up of family-focused theatre and entertainment than ever before, all nicely polished off with a range of food, drink and craft traders to create this gem in our region’s summer schedule.

Highlights of this year’s family-focused entertainment include Yorkshire’s own Unlimited Theatre, Pif Paf and Them Two Dance. The Kitsch & Sync Collective will be performing their ‘Ecstatic Cinematic’ show, a theatrical comedy ‘drive-in movie’ experience with a retro cinema booth and ditsy usherettes.

Unlimited Theatre are bringing their new show ‘How I Hacked My Way Into Space’ to this year’s festival, supported by and presented in association with The Civic, Barnsley. It tells the inspirational story of a man’s creative adventure to hack his way into space from his garden shed in St Albans, via the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, to a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral in Florida, and is a show about technology and art coming together and the power of stories to create new realities.

‘SEED’ is another brand new show from Sheffield based theatre company Pif Paf, which is a surprising and inspiring hitch-hike on the journey from small acorns to great oaks with a Rockabilly Tree-Planting Anarcho-Nomad. Join Wilford planting trees where he shouldn’t – living in his shed and on the run from his past and his arch-enemies out to get him for his contraband seeds. SEED is supported by the Northern Festivals Network and Arts Council England.

Full details of the family theatre entertainment line-up at this year’s festival can be found at http://underthestarsfest.co.uk/family/

Joe Rusby, Artistic Director of Underneath the Stars Festival, said: “We’re delighted to be presenting this great selection of high quality street theatre to enliven our site and complete our family programme alongside our other activities such as music & dance workshops, traditional crafts and storytelling.”

The festival was established in 2014 by international folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby – one of only a handful of folk singers to be nominated for a Mercury Prize and described by The Guardian as “a superstar of the British acoustic scene” – and her family-run record company Pure Records.

Artistic Director Joe Rusby and Operations Director Emma Holling – brother and sister of Kate Rusby – work together with a team of dedicated staff and volunteers from across Yorkshire and beyond to create an all-rounder of a music and arts festival that helps create unforgettable family memories.


The range of family-focused entertainment runs alongside music by Kate Rusby – who is performing on the Friday and Sunday – and a whole host of international roots artists including Newton Faulkner, Show of Hands and Lucy Rose.

Kate Rusby commented: “It’s just so lovely to be bringing the music and musicians we love to our beautiful corner of the world, and it seems to come around so quick, it’s amazing! I can’t wait to see the brightly coloured big-tops going up in the fields and the whole site being made to look magical, it always signals a special summertime treat is about to begin”.

Adult day tickets are now priced at £50, and a limited number of Adult weekend tickets, now at £135, are still available from www.underthestarsfest.co.uk. Concessions are available on all tickets and under 7s are free.