Beverley Festival


Steeleye SpanHeadline acts have been announced for for the prestigious Beverley Festival (Folk, Acoustic, Roots), revealing some of the top names from the British folk, and mainstream music scene. The festival has always managed to provide a top rate programme of artists, with a varied range of musical genres to suit all tastes, and this success story looks set to continue in 2012. The Beverley Festival has been nominated for yet another top award - Best Day Out in the East Yorkshire Region at the Visit Hull and East Yorkshire awards ceremony, to be held on 22 March.

The festival kicks off on Friday (15th June) with folk-rock legends Steeleye Span with a career that has taken in an astounding six decades, with hit records ‘All Round My Hat’ and ‘Gaudete’. The band are not just a legendary name in British music but also a link to the classic days of rock and folk music. Contemporaries of the likes of Led Zeppelin and Fairport Convention, they have gone on to change the face of folk music forever, taking it from small clubs and festivals into the world of chart topping albums and international tours


One of the most popular Celtic party bands will be heading to Beverley Festival on Saturday 16th June to celebrate in the Mid-Summer Party and Dance night. The Peatbog Faeries, quoted as being ‘the future of Celtic dance music’ will be making a popular Peatbog Faeriesreturn to the festival to give festival goers something to celebrate. Nominated by BBC Radio 2 as the ‘Best Live Act’ in this year’s folk awards, and a regular headline act at Edinburgh’s prestigious Hogmanay celebrations, they incorporate many influences which take them from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggaeHabadekuk and more. This is high octane Celtic dance music so be prepared to dance! 'Nothing in the recognisable front line of bagpipes, fiddles, synthesiser, bass and rhythm guitar, with a straight drum kit at the back, prepares you for the high octane music of the Peatbog Faeries! Powerful melodies are dextrously pumped out with a smart degree of techno attitude, while cross-rhythms ricochet over a heavy bass that hits you forcefully like a massive heart beat.' - The Scotsman. Travelling all the way from Denmark for the evening will be Denmark’s leading young band Habadekuk, winners of the Radio Denmark’s Best Band in 2011. Likened to a cross between top folk bands Bellowhead and La Bottine Souriante from Québec, this band will be the perfect warm up for the party night. A wide range of concerts and activities for those attending the event, with a special emphasis on families and children, and young audiences, makes the event a perfect weekend for all.

Joe BrownThe finale night at the festival will see two great bands from two different generations. Premier rock ‘n’ roll legend Joe Brown will be headlining the main concert. His ‘Very Best Of’ album achieved a Gold Record for a massive 120,000 sales and was on the UK charts for eight weeks staying four weeks in the Top 20. Recently he received MOJO magazine’s coveted Outstanding Contribution To Music Award as well as a much deserved MBE. He performed on Later With Jools Holland and played his part closing the show at the Concert for George Harrison. At the festival Joe will be bringing his five piece band including his son and record producer Pete Brown, and the musical styles incorporated into his new show break more boundaries and are as unique as the man himself. Packed with timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll, all interwoven with Joe’s effervescent delivery and humorous reminiscences this sensational show is a musical journey not to be missed. For the younger generation, and those young at heart, the Sunday night will finish in style with the young band tipped to be the Mumford and Sons, ahab. Returning to the festival after their huge success at it last year, the band play alternative country music and have received rave reviews across the board. Simon Mayo, of BBC Radio said ‘ahab is the real deal – top-notch UK Americana featuring tight four-piece harmonies.’ Individual tickets for the Joe Brown finale concert are now available at £25.00.

In addition the festival has some of the best American acts around from the UK and overseas with the dynamic Abigail Washburn with Kai Welch and Furnace Mountain visiting from the USA, and UK based The Carrivick Sisters and The Toy Hearts, along with Carrivick SistersYorkshire’s very own Tom Townsend Band. Some great blues, bluegrass and country music will be heard over the weekend, with some excellent sessions to join in with. Other artists include, Martin Carthy, Chumbawamba, Cooper Boyes & Simpson, Henry Priestman, Eduardo Niebla, author of DI Banks series of books as featured on ITV with Stephen Peter Robinson, and poet extraordinaire Ian McMillan and Luke Carver-Goss. The latest addition to the line up is the amazing new band The Mighty Doonans. This band has developed from the redoubtable Doonan Family Band who have been part of the English folk scene for many years. The Doonans have a deserved reputation for their imaginative and innovative interpretations of traditional songs and ability to introduce other genres of music and dance to their thoroughly entertaining performances. The line up includes Mick Doonan, Phil Murray, Kevin Doonan, Stu Luckley, Ian Fairbairn, Rosie Doonan, Jamie Luckley, Ben Murray and Frances Doonan. Rosie Doonan has been touring with Peter Gabriel as part of his band and support – she was recently spotted on BBC2 adding vocals when they performed on ‘Later with Jools Holland.’ She will be joining him again for dates this year – no doubt including again the stunning duet on the classic ‘Don’t Give Up.’

The Den 1Having been nominated twice by the UK Festival Awards for the Family Friendly Festival, this year’s Beverley Festival – Folk, Acoustic, Roots, has an even bigger programme of events for children than ever before. With a new venue for children THE DEN, events range from World Record Bunting Making, to Willow Weaving, Mask Making and Junk Modelling. Drama, Singing and for the first time this year an Open Mic Session are also on the menu. To end an exciting day, children can put the marquee (and themselves) to bed, with Story Time, an hour of stories designed to calm down even the most lively of children for a good night’s sleep. Events for children up to the age of 11 are Free. For the older youngsters the Area 2 Youth programme has a full weekend of concerts and workshops, organised, run and performed by the under 25’s. 

With a broad range of styles from Contemporary song writers, Traditional singers and musicians, Bluegrass and Americana musicians, there is always something to please all tastes. Past musicians have included the winners and nominees in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, as well as members from a variety of leading young bands around the country. The youth concerts are supported by the ‘Folk Rising’ programme of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, in association with the Arts Council, England. The growing and increasingly popular Area2 Youth programme is also hosting some of this country’s top young artists. Run by young people it offers the chance for the rising stars of the future to shine in a festival atmosphere, and encourages young people to get involved and participate in the event. A wide range of concerts and activities for those attending the event, with a special emphasis on families and children, makes the event a perfect weekend for all. Confirmed artists include Kirsty Bromley, Indigo Heights , Jim Molyneux Trio, Blind Panic, King Cole, Raj Raj Raj, Simon Stephenson, Hase Waits, The Tea Cups, Alice Burn & Emily Hoile, Dominic Hook, Beth Chamberlain & Grace Smith, Paul Liddell, Jaywalkers, Horizontal Sunday, Sail Pattern, Mark Wynn, Darcy DaSilva, Fran Smith, Tangletree, Area 2 Big Band. As always, BBC Radio Humberside will be recording the youth activities along with other events throughout the weekend.

Peter RobinsonInternational best selling author, Peter Robinson, author of the DCI Banks novels and a fan of folk music, will be visiting the festival for the third time, this year. His novels have been translated into over twenty languages and he has won many international awards. In 2011, the first series of DCI Banks showed on ITV, and Peter Robinson was inducted into The International Hall of Fame. For the festival, he has written a special short story, specifically fitting for the festival weekend, and will be reading this interspersed with songs and music by folk legend Martin Carthy. A partnership made in Heaven! ‘I’ve been a folk music fan and a Waterson/Carthy fan for many years and was thrilled at the opportunity of performing a story with Eliza Carthy's music on several occasions over the last few years, two of them at the Beverley Folk Festival. This year I’ll be doing something similar with Martin Carthy, and I’m very excited about that. I also get to wander around and listen to some really terrific singers and musicians. What better way to spend a weekend?’ Peter Robinson. The event will appeal to crime novel lovers as well as music fans and promises to be a sell out. Some of the author’s books will be available on sale and for signing after the event on Sunday, 17th June at 11.45am – 1.00pm.

Mike Harding, a new Patron for the Beverley Festival, obviously believes Beverley is the festival to be at this Summer. Presenter of BBC Radio 2’s folk show on Wednesday nights, he has been a good friend and follower of the festival for many years. The festival is delighted to have him on board demonstrating his trust in the weekend as a great event. “Beverley has always been a special festival for me. It's not too big and they always have some great acts. Held in the beautiful market town of Beverley, in the heart of the East Yorkshire Wolds, winning acclaim as one of the best small festivals in the country and one of the most family friendly. With this year’s attractions – Steeleye Span, Peatbog Faeries, Chumbawamba, Martin Carthy, up and coming young band ahab, plus special guest - 60's Rock & Roller Joe Brown, it looks likely to maintain its deserved reputation.” - Mike Harding.


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Weekend Season Tickets

Adults with Camping £113

Adults without Camping £98

Special rates for Senior Citizens; Children; Families

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