5 of the best – Summer Music Festivals

Blog written and researched by @tom_ashurst and @richiewear13

Beverley Folk Festival

Coming up this weekend, Beverley Folk Festival, promises to deliver a bonanza couple of days in this attractive East Yorkshire, market town. For 2015, the festival will be moving to a new venue of Beverley Racecourse.

The festival kicks off on Thursday night with a special launch including the legendary Bootleg Beatles and then the fun doesn’t stop throughout the rest of the weekend with highlights including Mercury Prize nominated Seth Lakeman and a popular return for a 2014 favourite, the Peatbog Faeries.

As always the festival plays host to some of the best of young artists from around the country with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners; Greg Russell and Kiaran Algar joining forces with the Mischa Macphearson Trio to form a new, young, all-star group “The Tweed Project”. Other award winners include Lucy Ward and Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. For some 20’s Swing Rob Heron and The Tea Pad orchestra bring a sense of authenticity with some great music.

Finally, as always with this festival, there’s a programme of events & workshops, plus a children’s den to keep all ages entertained.

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Tramlines Festival

Now into its seventh year, Sheffield’s inner-city music festival has the biggest line-up to date, so much so, that the main stage is being moved to Ponderosa in Netherthorpe, to cater for the increased demand for tickets!

Headline acts such as indie-rockers The Charlatans, dance stars Basement Jaxx and hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan will all be gracing the festival that spans over 15 venues around Sheffield! The range of musical genres and low-cost element will make the 24th to 26th of July, Sheffield’s weekend long party. A wide range of tickets are available, so if you can’t make (or handle) the full weekend then you needn’t worry.

Sheffield itself has it all. Not only a thriving hub for music, but also sports and shopping scenes that draw in visitors from miles around. And on the other, it’s a city just minutes away from the exciting wilderness of the Peak District.

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Underneath The Stars

Underneath the Stars Festival is one of Yorkshire’s freshest new festivals and it returns this July after the huge success of 2014. Based at Cannon Hall Farm, one of the regions finest visitor attractions, Underneath the Stars not only celebrates music, but also arts and food with an aim of developing a weekend of world class entertainment based in the region of South Yorkshire.

The 2015 UTS festival line-up is a star studded affair, headlined by US songwriting legend Mary Chapin Carpenter and includes artists such as; leading English folk singer Kate Rusby, scots chanteuse Eddi Reader, an intimate singer songwriter performance from Philip Selway (RADIOHEAD), Molotov Jukebox with their unique Tropical-Gypsy-Dance sounds fronted by Natalia Tena, guitar maestro Martin Simpson, The Young’Uns, Electric Swing Orchestra, Hope & Social, and Galleon Blast featuring Mark Radcliffe.

In addition to a stellar musical line-up the festival site is packed with a whole host of family activities and of course no festival is complete without some fine food & drink; a selection of delicious street food as well as a fabulous real ale bar is sure to keep you going through the weekend!

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Burton Agnes Jazz And Blues

Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival returns in July for its ninth year. Located in the tranquil Yorkshire Wolds, you’ll struggle to find a festival which takes place within a more stunning setting with the grand Burton Agnes Hall acting as a gorgeous backdrop for the festivities.

With 2015 marking one hundred years since the birth of perhaps the greatest of all jazz singers, Billie Holiday, the festival plans to celebrate, with the critically acclaimed tribute to Billie, ‘Lady Sings The Blues’, coming to Burton Agnes. This will feature Val Wiseman, who was twice crowned ‘best singer’ in the British Jazz Awards. Six jazz stars will perform alongside Val Wiseman, including Alan Barnes and Digby Fairweather; all bar one are British Jazz Awards winners.

This festival regularly receives high praise with one reviewer from The Independent claiming that this was “possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I’ve ever attended”. Should you wish to take in the full weekend, then camping pitches are available and delicious food is prepared by their catering team, ranging from homemade burgers to spicy curries, ice creams from the vintage ice cream van, and bakes and cupcakes in the tea tent meaning that you won’t go hungry here either.

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Harrogate International Festivals

Since its inception in 1966, Harrogate International Festivals has fired up hearts and minds, revolutionising the cultural landscape of the North Yorkshire spa town.

Their aim is not only to entertain audiences, but also to bring internationally acclaimed artists to work with young people and communities all year-round. By championing the best up-and-coming young talent, celebrating the work of established artists and commissioning unique and surprising performances, Harrogate International Festivals remains a cultural force to be reckoned with.

Harrogate Festival, The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, The Children’s Festival and Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival all combine to be part of this diverse festival, with huge names such as Noddy Holder, Bill Oddie and Edith Bowman exhibiting their work.

The list of events is so diverse that we encourage to you take a look at their website for more information.

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