More than 4000 festival-goers each day enjoyed the packed line-up at this year’s Underneath The Stars, making it the most successful event yet since it was founded six years ago. The independent music and arts festival is a non-for-profit community interest venture from the family production team behind folk artist Kate Rusby and brings live music, performance arts and entertainment to its cosy corner of Cawthorne, Barnsley. With the circus tents packed away after an outstanding sell-out weekend, the Underneath The Stars team are busy planning for 2020’s event, set to take place Friday 31 July – Sunday 2nd August 2020.
Set in the idyllic settings of Cinderhill Farm, festival-goers spanning the generations enjoyed three days of entertainment from music artists performing folk, pop, acoustic, world, Americana and more, including headliners The Proclaimers, Billy Bragg, Kate Rusby, The Unthanks, Hope & Social, and Le Vent du Nord. Fresh from filming the Christmas special of Gavin & Stacey, screenwriter and author Ruth Jones made a special appearance In Conversation, with other arts and performance activities including workshops with Barnsley Youth Choir, circus skills and much more.
Festival director Emma Holling says, “We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who contributed to the overwhelming success of our sixth Underneath the Stars festival. It has been wonderful to welcome friends old and new to our little corner of Yorkshire and despite the unpredictable British weather, the feedback has been simply remarkable.”
Underneath The Stars is an independent festival born from a genuine passion for music, and offers a charming and friendly experience with its welcoming atmosphere, teams of volunteers and circus-style set-up, making it a firm favourite with festival goers of all ages. A great deal of attention has been put into guest comfort, with provisions for a high level of accessibility for those with disabilities. Live music is performed in two striking circus-style big top tents and the main stage offers a seated arena. This year it supported Yorkshire Cancer Research as its official Charity Partner.