New music festival at Cannon Hall Farm

Picture shows Cannon Hall farm
Picture shows Cannon Hall farm
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A discussion in the pub between two families has resulted in a huge music festival being launched at a South Yorkshire farm.

Thousands of people are expected to descend on Cannon Hall Farm, near Barnsley, this weekend for The Underneath The Stars Festival.

Kate Rusby will perform at The Underneath The Stars festival at Cannon Hall Farm

Kate Rusby will perform at The Underneath The Stars festival at Cannon Hall Farm

The idea for the festival, which starts tomorrow, came when Steve Rusby, father of folk musician Kate Rusby, and Roger Nicholson, from Cannon Hall Farm, were sharing a pint at their local pub in Cawthorne and the conversation turned to music.

Roger said: “It just seemed like a great idea. Steve and I are great believers that Yorkshire is the centre of the universe. We wanted to create an event that would draw people from far and wide to our lovely little village.”

A total of 35 acres of farmland will be transformed to accommodate car parking, camping and the festival area, which will include a huge 4,000 seater marquee.

The festival will be headlined by songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson and Kate Rusby.

The line-up includes a variety of artists on the two stages tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.

There will also be food, workshops and activities for children including fairground rides, arts and crafts and singing sessions.

Tickets holders will also get half price admission to the farm.

Roger’s son Richard, farm director, said: “There’s a great line-up of food and drink and lots for kids to do as we wanted it to be a truly family orientated event.”

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