Stage is set for new artists at Barnsley’s Underneath the Stars festival

Kate Rusby.
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Up-and-coming musicians will perform on a new stage added to Barnsley-based festival Underneath the Stars.

The new stage will showcase emerging artists from across the region and will be programmed and managed by the Chapel FM multimedia arts centre in Leeds, which trains young people in a range of performance based creative arts and behind the scenes production roles.

Up-and-coming acts performing on the new stage across the weekend include Americano folk vocalist Lilac’s Daughter, and teenage acoustic duo Papa Quebec, both from Leeds. They are joined by Fold, an experimental live trip hop four-piece from West Yorkshire.

The festival is held at Cannon Hall Farm between July 22 and 24.

It is organised by the family of international award-winning singer-songwriter Kate Rusby.

Kate said: “It’s really important that new musical talent is given the chance to be heard and Underneath the Stars is a great platform for them.

“Music fans come from all over the country – and sometimes further – hoping to discover their new favourite band or artist at the festival, so it’s a great opportunity for up-and-coming musicians.

“Our association with Chapel FM shares the common goal of nurturing new local talent and we hope that the new stage will become a long-standing feature of the festival.”

The stage will be fully covered in a purpose built tent at the event.

Students from Chapel FM’s sound and lighting department will also be on hand to look after the technical aspects of the stage.

The venue will also play host to workshops, where families can learn together about music, arts and crafts.

The emerging Yorkshire artists playing the new stage will join acclaimed international performers at the festival including traditional Irish band Dervish, Malian guitar maestro Vieux Farka Touré, Ron Block of Alison Krauss and Union Station and Kate Rusby herself.

Weekend and day tickets for the festival are available now by visiting www.underthestarsfest.co.uk