Award Winning Underneath the Stars Festival announces first acts for 2020

Underneath The Stars

  • Paul Carrack (Friday), Kate Rusby (Saturday) and Suzanne Vega (Sunday) are the first names to the be announced for the seventh Underneath the Stars festival.
  • Run by the production team behind folk artist Kate Rusby, award-winning Underneath the Stars features music, performance arts, crafts and more for the whole family plus food, drink and shopping, sourced from independent vendors, brought together in the stunning rural setting of Cinderhill Farm, Barnsley.
  • Underneath the Stars won Small Festival of the Year and took home the prestigious Judge’s Award at the sought-after National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) Awards 2019. The festival has also gained an Attitude is Everything Silver Charter Award.

The award-winning, independent family festival Underneath the Stars is set to return for its seventh year on Friday 31st July – Sunday 2nd August 2020, bringing live music, performance arts and delicious dishes from Yorkshire and beyond to its cosy corner of rural South Yorkshire.

Kicking off the star-studded line-up on Friday is Grammy nominated, singer songwriter Paul Carrack. Celebrating 20 years of phenomenal output as an independent artist, the Sheffield born artist has carved a niche for himself where blue-eyed soul and pop rock collide, promising a formidable live experience. His voice is instantly recognisable on numerous hits including ‘How Long’, Squeeze’s ‘Tempted’, Mike + The Mechanics ‘Living Years’ and ‘Over My Shoulder’.

To honour Yorkshire Day on Saturday 1st August, Barnsley’s own nightingale, Kate Rusby will take to the stage, performing traditional folk and stunning self-penned songs. Yorkshire born and bred, Kate is known for her wistfully pure singing voice, good humour and the down-to-earth warmth of her live performances. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to folk music, dance or song, Kate is the latest recipient of an English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) Gold Badge.

Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation and an iconic female artist, Suzanne Vega will appear on Sunday. Her work, including hits such as ‘Luka’, ‘Marlene on the Wall’ and ‘Tom’s Diner’, is as utterly distinct and poignant today as when she first made a name for herself. She is a masterful storyteller who observes the world with a clinically poetic eye.

Festival director Emma Holling says: “Building on our sell-out festival this year, we are delighted to announce our first names for Underneath the Stars 2020. To see the festival become an established event on the UK festival scene is just amazing – our recent awards and successes are testament to the hard work of all the team. We look forward to announcing more acts and other exciting plans soon!”

Alongside a musical line-up, festival-goers can expect captivating storytellers, circus pursuits, lively street-performers and a whole host of workshops to take part in. Last year saw everything from ukulele, swingdance and Tai Chi, to singing, songwriting and instrumentation workshops.

Underneath the Stars handpicks food traders and prioritises quality ingredients and value for money. In addition to boutique street food vendors, and hustling bar areas – promising fantastic flavours and worldly wines; the Makers Market showcasing local independent traders returns for 2020. Committed to fair and ethical trading and environmental sustainability, Artisan Makers promise unique, handmade products and stunning one-off pieces.

Continuing developments on reducing waste and plastic use, the team at Underneath the Stars have put new initiatives in place for 2020, from reviewing waste management systems and drinking vessels, to working closely with Zero Yorkshire, a zero-waste shop based in Huddersfield offering earth friendly alternatives to everyday items.

Underneath the Stars festival is a community interest venture with inclusivity and community at its heart. The team recently enjoyed a week of celebrations as they won Small Festival of the Year and took home the prestigious Judge’s Award at the National Outdoor Events Association’s (NOEA) Awards ceremony on Wednesday 27th November 2019.

They also gained an Attitude is Everything Silver Charter Award. AIE is a disability-led charity supporting non-profit and commercial organisations to make what they do more accessible and inclusive for Deaf and disabled people. Its Charter improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.

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