With 100 days to go to the start of a Barnsley music festival organisers have announced they have sold three times as many advance tickets as last year.
The Underneath the Stars Festival, which takes place between July 24th and 26th at Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley, has already sold over a quarter of available tickets for the three day music event.
With nearly 1,400 full weekend tickets in the bag and high hopes of many more sales in the next 100 days, organisers have increased camping and parking capacity to meet demand and appealed for more volunteers to get involved with the event too.
Underneath the Stars aims to showcase an eclectic mix of music including folk, swing, jazz, rock and roll, blues and world music as well as provide arts, crafts and cultural activities, with artisan food from local suppliers in a family-friendly setting.
The festival is being organised by Barnsley’s most famous singer-songwriter Kate Rusby and her family. As well as Kate headlining on the Sunday, this year’s festival line-up is topped by US song-writing legend Mary Chapin Carpenter and Eddi Reader, formerly of Fairground Attraction, on the Saturday; and Galleon Blast featuring BBC radio personality Mark Radcliffe on the Friday.
Festival director Emma Holling, Kate’s sister, said: “We had a great first year last year and have announced a great line-up for this year’s festival, so we are really pleased to see interest building so quickly in the event.
“Advance ticket sales have been so good that we have sold three times as many tickets as the same time last year. And we are expecting more sales in the coming weeks as people plan their summer.
“Cannon Hall Farm has allocated us an extra field so that we can double our camping space to 20 acres and make room for up to 1,000 camping and glamping pitches this year.
“We’d love to attract music festival veterans and newcomers of all ages to enjoy this family-friendly cultural event which we feel is very special. Underneath the Stars aims to offer a great programme of activities and boutique facilities that are a cut above the average festival, with free hot showers and luxury loos stocked with hand-made LUSH soaps, all in beautiful rural Yorkshire surroundings.”
Emma would also like to hear from more volunteers interested in getting involved. Volunteers receive free tickets for the festival in return for their time.
She said: “We need a small army of dedicated helpers to assist with preparing and clearing the festival site, as well as a large number of volunteer stewards to look after the campsite and marquee venues and assist performers and festival goers throughout the weekend.”
“More than 150 volunteers have already signed up following the success of last year’s event but we would love to hear from more.”
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Emma Holling on 01226 767872.
Underneath the Stars weekend tickets, with or without camping, are now on sale via www.underthestarsfest.co.uk and day tickets will go on sale from Friday May 1st.
Last year’s event attracted around 5,000 people in total over two days, but this year’s has capacity to entertain 5,000 people a day over a three day programme.
Underneath the Stars is a not-for-profit organisation run by a board of directors which includes Kate Rusby’s brother and sister, Joe Rusby and Emma Holling.
The event is organised in close collaboration with Cannon Hall Farm’s owners, the Nicholson family and takes place across three fields of Yorkshire farmland beside the popular farm visitor attraction – which will be open as usual during the festival.