The Proclaimers and Billy Bragg headline South Yorkshire music festival

Craig and Charlie Reid, The Proclaimers
Craig and Charlie Reid, The Proclaimers

Music festival Underneath the Stars boasts its biggest headliners yet for the weekend event held near Barnsley next August.

The sixth year of the music and arts festival at Cinderhill Farm on August 2 to 4 features The Proclaimers on  Friday, Billy Bragg on Saturday and festival ambassador Kate Rusby on Sunday.

The festival brings together established and emerging talent across the folk, roots, bluegrass, fusion and Americana music worlds.

The Proclaimers, Scottish twins Craig and Charlie Reid, emerged 31 years ago with their debut album This is the Story and top three single Letter from America. Since then, their enduring appeal across generations has seen them enjoy huge success across the globe.  

Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, relentless live performer and committed political campaigner for more than 35 years. He was honoured with the PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music award at the Ivor Novello awards in May.

Award-winning, Barnsley born and bred folk singer Kate Rusby will be entertaining the crowds with her down-to-earth charm and otherworldly vocals.

The festival is named after one of her songs and organised by the family production team that runs her record company and supports her live work.

Surrounded by woodland, the colourful festival venue is home to two covered stages in circus-style big top tents.

The music programme runs alternately, so there is little chance of missing performances.  

The main stage is fully seated, with what the organisers describe as an “attentive concert hall” ambience.

Alongside the music the festival features lively street‐arts performers, storytellers, art installations, workshops and circus activities.

The event also makes provision for a high level of accessibility for visitors with disabilities.

Festival website: underthestarsfest.co.uk