Deer Shed Festival: New acts announced

Having announced the bulk of the music, comedy and arts programmes for Deer Shed Festival 4, now’s the time to focus on the other activities and adventures taking place, along with a few additional acts including CBBC’s Big Howard Little Howard, the return of the Beer Festival and exciting new partnerships with Sunderland City Council and legendary toy company, Meccano. With the music headliners consisting of Edwyn Collins, House of Love, Darwin Deez and Gaz Coombs, a whopping PG rated comedy line-up, cinema showcases and an extensive arts programme; Deer Shed Festival provides a fully immersive and interactive holiday for the whole family to enjoy together in a beautiful site, set to the soundtrack of top quality music.

 

New for the Big Top Comedy tent are the award winning Big Howard Little Howard, stars of CBBC's Little Howard’s Big Question, The Royal Variety Performance and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, will be hosting and evening of variety and stand up in The Deer Shed Big Top. Expect a joyful mix of wonderful stand up and variety as Big Howard and his animated partner in mirth Little Howard introduce the uber daft Duncan Oakley (world travelled comedian, musician, actor and one man band from Radio 4's 'Shappi Talk'), Steve Best (brilliant visual comedian from BBC1's 'The Stand Up Show' and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned' ITV1) and Justin Moorhouse (from the seminal Phoenix Nights C4, 8 out of 10 Cats C4 and his own stand up special on Dave). Music, variety, stand up and live animation to truly tickle the funny bone and ease away a hard day of festival going, and all PG rated! For more info on Big Howard Little Howard have a look at their Royal Variety performance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bngu7p0_gks

 

Late comers on music line up are Velcro Hooks, a raw four piece, garage rock band from Bristol that will be bringing their now notorious full on, in your face explosion of pure rock in their live show.

 

Tickets for Deer Shed Festival are available from just £89 (plus BF), with the child (6-15) tickets coming in at a supremely reasonable £25. http://www.deershedfestival.com/tickets/

Line-up 2013:

Darwin Deez / Edwyn Collins / House of Love / Gaz Coombes / King Creosote / The Unthanks / Tubular Bells for Two / Eugene McGuinness / Willy Mason / The Milk / The Phantom Band / Public Service Broadcasting / Stealing Sheep / To Kill a King / Zervas and Pepper / Smoove and Turrell / Velcro Hooks / Deaf Club / Novella / Moulettes / Blood Relatives / Blue Rose Code / Sweet Baboo / Luke Sital-Singh / Death at Sea /  Deep Sea Arcade / Dancing Years / Marconi Union / AlascA / David McCaffrey

 

 

Deer Shed Festival Machines theme deconstructed

Over the weekend of19th – 21st July, the Baldersby Park in North Yorkshire will be taken over with a magnitude of mechanical offerings. This family festival is set to be awash with activities, demonstrations, talks and workshops from technology wizards such as Paul Granjon and international student organisation Robo Gals, as well as live coding, 3D printingScrapheap Challenge and oodles more quirky, insightful and ingenious machine related shenanigans!

Deer Shed Festival are delighted to have Paul Granjon as their MACHINES tent main attraction! Paul is interested in the co-evolution of humans and machines and builds all manner of fascinating contraptions,some of which are pretty bonkers! Paul will be demonstrating his homemade robotics accompanied by songs and illustrated reflections on the current state of cybernetic technology. Showing that the girls can be technology guru’s too the Robogals will be running hands-on robotic workshops engaging participants in a range of engineering topics in a way that is fun, creative and inspiring.

Other interactive and informative workshops include; Paul Harter’s Printcraft – The wonders of modern technology are often equally as baffling as they are wondrous, and 3D printing has to be the latest development which can proudly wear that crown! Paul Harter has developed a way to make the processes easily accessible by writing a script to create printable 3D models from within the ever popular Minecraft game. Paul will be demonstrating the witchcraft of 3D printing and wowing the kids and adults alike with this new form of magic!

Always ones to encourage full participation Deer Shed have set up an abundance of workshops and activities for festival goers to test their technological talents and creative construction capabilities! Scrapheap Challenge – just like the TV show, Deer Shed are challenging their festival folks to build a water worthy craft out of junk powered by human or mechanical means to be pitched against each other for the title of fastest craft! For those who don't feel quite ready for the scale of the scrapheap challenge, there is the option ofbuilding new machines from old ones! Under the watchful eye of resident robotics whizz, Paul Ganjon, festival goers can create their very own little robot friend made from salvaged parts from other machines.

For the more computer minded generation there is: Scratch programming – Scratch is a programming environment that makes it easy to create interactive stories, animations, games, music, art and share creations on the web; and Raspberry Pi – a credit-card-sized single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools;Picade – part of the Raspberry Pi Company, the Picade is a small desktop arcade machine with a joystick and six buttons playing classic computer games for some low tech nostalgic pleasure! Minecraft, the creative and building aspects of Minecraft allow players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world; andWorld of Padman for people to try out their new found skills and peak behind the coding curtain of the PG rated game.

Other Machine related activities and shows include: Live Coding Band – always keen to intertwine the theme into the festival as much as possible, Deer Shed Festival have found possibly the only Live Coding Band in the land! They will be programming a computer live which, in turn, generates music that can be danced to as well!

With such an array of practical skills, technological techniques and information insights on offer, the Machines theme for Deer Shed Festival will celebrate all types of machinery, new and old, large and small, including some rustic gems like Pringle Tubes crystal radios, Music Boxes and a substitute pet for the weekend, theThingies –These mechanical beasts, or ‘Thingies’ will be buzzing around for festival goers to play with!

Darwin Deez, Gaz Coombes and more for Deer Shed Festival

The initial batch of artists consists of;  New York guitar and pop maestro Darwin Deez, one of 90s Brit pop leading lights Gaz Coombes, Massachusetts singer-song writer Willy Mason, the multi-award winning ethereal folk sounds of The UnthanksTubular Bells for Two’ – the antipodean take on Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells as reincarnated by Daniel Holdsworth and Aiden Roberts in their 2012 Edinburgh Festival hit show, and with The Milk bringing some funk and soul to the show for the Friday night warm-up entertainment, these, along with; Stealing Sheep, Public Service Broadcasting, To Kill A King, Zervas and PepperKitty the Lion,Blue Rose Code and Marconi Union complete this first dollop of mouthwatering artists for the discerning music lover!

Darwin Deez took the airwaves by storm in 2010 with his debut single “Radar Collector” and subsequent self-titled album. Back with his second album released later in 2013, Darwin Deez is set to bring his mix of sunshine pop and indie attitude to drive Deer Shed Festivals’ audience crazy with his offbeat dance routines, which will be sure to set the Saturday night Main Stage alight!

Gaz Coombes will be swinging by Deer Shed Festival’s Lake stage on Friday evening to shake off the shackles of an era and delight Deer Shed Festival’s faithful with a showcase of his delectable individual stylings and multi-instrumentalist talents in the afterglow of his first solo album Here Comes the Bombs’. Released last year his solo style was a more reflective, darker and more experimental sound then in his Supergrass days but the album remains very colourful and live Gaz produces high-octane, premier league entertainment!

Fiction records golden boy, Willy Mason will be bringing his celebrated blend of acoustic folk and roots to delight festival goers. With his long awaited third album Carry On released at the end of 2012 after a five year hiatus since his last album, 2013 is set to see Willy return to the spotlight and Deer Shed are giddy with excitement to be able to welcome this incredibly talented musician to the festival.

The Unthanks will be continuing the strong family vibe from Deer Shed’s frolicking fields onto the stage with their much loved, award winning, highly acclaimed ethereal sounds as they present Songs from the Shipyard. They will be beautifully accompanying archive footage from the height of the Shipping industry through to its decline in the Thatcher era. Political, social, with stories of hardship, pride, war, tragedy and pints of mild; A critically acclaimed audio-visual treat in front of a large cinema screen in the Big Top on Sunday.

The Milk blend classic Motown and Northern soul with modern pop to create their soulful, party-ready sound. Pulling together elements of old school R&B sounds with hip-hop, dub, and rock influences to create a style of pop that delivered big fun on every track. Their debut album, Tales from the Thames Delta, arrived in the summer of 2012 to steely industry nods and a plethora of A&R attention, but more importantly, the crowd loved them and Deer Shed Festival fans will be taken back in time to kick start proceedings on the Friday night to really let their hair down and get the party started!

Tubular Bells for Two is the five star reviewed, sell-out Edinburgh show from Daniel Holdsworth and Aiden Roberts, with such a unanimous public and professional opinion of the show, the Deer Shed audience are pretty much guaranteed an unforgettable experience and are in for a real treat! Public Service Broadcasting does exactly what it says on the tin – taking a nostalgic look back over forgotten public service broadcasts and sewing them together to create fantastic tunes to accompany the priceless collection of antique footage, this audio-visual experience is set to entertain and enthrall! Along with Liverpudlian trio Stealing Sheep, five piece ‘rousing orch-folk’ To Kill a King, the summertime soul of Cardiff’s Zervas and Pepper, the chirpy folk-pop of Kitty The Lion, the Caledonian soul of Blue Rose Codeand the ever ambient Marconi Union completing the line-up for this first wave of announcements for Deer Shed Festival 4. The 2013 musical lineup is already taking shape and looking like the best Deer Shed Festival to date!

Final acts announced for Deer Shed Festival

 

It’s not only the Deer Shed Festival 3 theme that is big this year (in case you missed the announcement on Monday, its monsters), the festival itself is stretching its wings a little – bigger site, new stages, more live music and a whole host of debuts from theatre, spoken word and poetry through to over 40 exotic animals visiting the site on Sunday, much bigger paintball art guns and a lake! The festival team are thrilled to today announce the final acts for their expanded music bill.

The shoegaze pop trio-turned-duo School of Seven Bells will headline the In The Dock Stage on Saturday. Completing the bill on this stage on the middle day of the festival will be WoodenboxLaki MeraAKϟDK and the previously announced Paul Thomas Saunders. Arthur Rigby & The Baskervylles play the Lake Stage on Friday night and Gary Stewart plays a solo slot on Saturday on the same stage before playing bass for Ellen and The Escapades later that day. The Deer Shed Stage on Friday will be headlined by Sam Airey with support from R M Hubbertand Monument Valley and on Saturday Beccy Owen headlines with Boat To Row and Serious Sam Barrett.

Deer Shed Festival = the vibe of a lazy Sunday afternoon in the perfect pub beer garden, sound-tracked by a bill that resembles the 6 Music playlist. Shortlisted for the Best Family-Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2011, this is an independent festival run by a family for the family. The Deer Shed Festival team book bands they love, work with like-minded people, keep it chilled, don’t squeeze a thousand tents into a field the size of a postage stamp and don’t charge a fortune. Good old-fashioned hospitality and great bands. Taking place at the beginning of the school holidays, Deer Shed Festival is the perfect break from everyday life for all the family and all for less than £200 for a family of four.

*** MUSIC BILL ***

Saint Etienne, Villagers, Cherry Ghost, Los Campesinos!, Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny, Dutch Uncles, School Of Seven Bells, Human Don’t Be Angry, Cashier No 9, Janice Graham Band, Treetop Flyers, Club Smith, Moody Gowns, The Staves, Paul Thomas Saunders, Woodenbox, Laki Mera, AKϟDK, Washington Irving, The Glendale Family, Tupelo, Rachel Sermanni, We Were Evergreen, Ellen and the Escapades, The Lost Brothers, Rae Morris, Pale Seas,Arthur Rigby & The Baskervylles, Gary Stewart, Pip Mountjoy, Sam Airey, R M Hubbert, Monument Valley, Beccy Owen, Boat To Row and Serious Sam Barrett

 

Monster plans for Deer Shed Festival

Following on from Deer Shed Festival 2’s Sky At Night theme, in 2012 Deer Shed Festival is all about going BIG for scary, mythological, fairy tale, imaginary (or are they?), cuddly, extraordinary MONSTERS.

Theatre comes to Baldersby Park for the first time. The Flanagan Collective will basically mess with festival goers minds with a real/unreal narrative that runs throughout the whole weekend. Spoken word also stops at Deer Shed Festival for its debut – authorsDave Simpson ('The Last Champions: Leeds United & The Year Football Changed Forever') and Anthony Clavane ('Promised Land') chat football and whether it has lost its soul while Dorian Lynskey ('33 Revolutions Per Minute: a History Of Protest Music) andBoff Whalley (Chumbawamba) talk pop and whether it still has a political voice.  James Priestman leads the festival’s first foray into poetry running family workshops including Monster themed pieces and Twitter poems.

Partnering up with the National Media Museum, there’s some seriously scary cinema lined up. The silent classic Nosferatu will be accompanied by Darius Battiwalla on piano in the finest tradition of the silent film era. Guerrilla film making at its best, Monsters was filmed on location in South America with a crew of four or five, just two actors and a bunch of locals. A family classic, Monsters Inc will be followed by a workshop from Deer Shed Festival’s pals at Teeside University showing how Pixar make the critters. Lecturers and students from the uni will be running lots of lovely workshops and demonstrations throughout the weekend including stop frame animationgreen screen video production and 3D modelling. All involving monsters. Obviously.

Also returning to Topcliffe in 2012 are the following Deer Shed Festival regulars – Best Joined Up graffiti artists mixing classic street styles with fine art, Matt Pattinson's Doodle Walls with four towering sentinels of festival-goer scribbles along with his own distinctive take on the monsters theme, Jon Reed’s Comedy Workshop, artist blacksmith David Stephenson creating bespoke jewellery in front of festival goers eyes for just a couple of quid and Spike & Sponge’s Sunday Market in the Big Top full of arts, crafts and vintage wares all from local Yorkshire artists. The Greentop Circus Cabaret will also be back to host the Friday night family show in the Big Top. Some kick-ass aerial acrobatics plus comedy, circus, cabaret, variety and dance from one of the UK's leading circus venues and training centres.

Monsters – done. Arts – done. Kids stuff – next…

Only two years in and the Deer Shed Festival is already known for the lengths it reaches to keep family members of all ages occupied. In 2010 they face painted half the audience and then last year there was the entire field full of swing balls. In 2012 the festival team are taking the monster theme quite literally and are super sizing what’s on offer. Customised swing balls made out of heavy-duty steel, giant sea monster creations which will be built by kids and then floated on the lake, BIG paintball art guns and over 40 exotic animals to meet on the Sunday (snakes, spiders, lizards, massive toads and some furry things). The festival team will also be scouting for human guinea pigs to take part in Dr Frankenstein’s DIY Monster Project from Eureka! The National Children's Museum. All in addition to the regulars of organised sports, arts sessions, modelling workshops and play areas. Taking place at the beginning of the school holidays, Deer Shed Festival is the perfect break from everyday life for all the family and all for less than £200 for a family of four.

******************

Deer Shed Festival = the vibe of a lazy Sunday afternoon in the perfect pub beer garden, sound-tracked by a bill that resembles the 6 Music playlist. Shortlisted for the Best Family-Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2011, this is an independent festival run by a family for the family. The Deer Shed Festival team book bands they love, work with like-minded people, keep it chilled, don’t squeeze a thousand tents into a field the size of a postage stamp and don’t charge a fortune. Good old-fashioned hospitality and great bands.

*** MUSIC BILL ***

Saint Etienne, Villagers, Cherry Ghost, Los Campesinos!, Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny, Dutch Uncles, Human Don’t Be Angry, Cashier No 9, Janice Graham Band, Treetop Flyers, Club Smith, Moody Gowns, The Staves, Paul Thomas Saunders, Washington Irving, The Glendale Family, Tupelo, Rachel Sermanni, We Were Evergreen, Ellen and the Escapades, The Lost Brothers, Rae Morris, Pale Seas and Pip Mountjoy

Tickets are available now through http://www.deershedfestival.com/tickets/ or Ticketline on 0844 888 9991.

Adult Saturday & Sunday only ticket (16+)                                            £59

Adult weekend ticket (16+)                                                                         £69

Child weekend ticket (6+)                                                                            £20

Child weekend ticket (5 and under)                                                         FREE*
Weekend campervan/caravan/trailer pass                                           £15

Deer Shed Festival announce more acts

The Deer Shed Festival music line-up has expanded from the format of the first two years – year three will see the Main Stage now in action each day instead of just Saturday and there is the new Lake Stage. The festival team are very excited about the whole thing which is quite understandable.

The first ever Friday night Main Stage headliner to be announced for Deer Shed Festival is, drum roll please, Saint Etienne. These titans of pristine pop moments release their first album for seven years in May, ‘Words and Music By Saint Etienne’, restoring everyone’s faith in a genre that Saturday night telly has done its best to ruin over the last decade. The Main Stage bill on Friday is completed by the dreamy, US west coast via Belfast, shimmers of Cashier No 9 and Club Smith who have just finished touring with Kaiser Chiefs.

Janice Graham Band are reclaiming ska for a new generation.  Sharp lyrics about love, life and murder, this unpredictable band of four lads from Manchester are on the cusp of greatness and play the In The Dock Stage on Friday. Opening the stage ahead of them are Moody Gowns, a quintessentially British band in the vein of Ian Dury and The Blockheads. Previously announced Dutch Uncles complete the In The Dock Stage line-up for Friday – clearly the place to be for lovers of unconventional Brit-indie greatness at Deer Shed Festival 3.

The final band to be announced today for Friday’s bill is The Glendale Family. Returning to Baldersby Park for the third year, it’s fair to say they are the Deer Shed Festival house band. Playing the new Lake Stage on the first day of the festival, they’ll also be found in charge of the late night good times, curating and playing in the After Hours Lounge Bar.

Saturday’s Main Stage line up is completed by a trio of distinctive bands. Los Campesinos! bring their glockenspiels, big beats and boundless energy to North Yorkshire for the first time, playing before headliners Villagers.  The Staves will serenade the Main Stage crowd mid-afternoon with their sibling harmonic perfection and Washington Irving open up with beautiful Scottish indie-folk-pop.

Further acts for Saturday include the ethereal singer-songwriter Paul Thomas Saunders who will play his sublimely haunting and reverb sodden songs on the In The Dock Stage. The Lake Stage line-up will be headlined on Saturday by Leeds folk quintet Ellen and the Escapades. Joining them will be the Buddy Holly-esque The Lost Brothers, the beautiful and soothing Pale Seas and North Yorkshire lass and BBC Introducing darling Pip Mountjoy.

There was a lot of whooping in the Deer Shed Festival office when the next act was confirmed. Human Don’t Be Angry is the newest project from the obscenely talented Malcolm Middleton and this noodling guitar, looped lyric offering continues the high level of brilliance we’ve come to expect. Middleton plays before Main Stage headliner Cherry Ghost on Sunday. Also taking to this stage will be singer-songwriter Rae Morris with her distinctive voice and piano talent. 

That’s it for now. The final third of the music bill will be announced soon plus details of cabaret, comedy, cinema, theatre, workshops and the all-important theme for Deer Shed Festival 3. It’s going to be a BIG (clue alert!) one this year.

Villagers to headline this years Deer Shed Festival

The team behind the festival book bands they love, work with like-minded people, keep it chilled, don’t squeeze a thousand tents into a field the size of a postage stamp and don’t charge a fortune. Good old-fashioned hospitality and great bands. In the first of several announcements revealing plans for the bigger and bolder Deer Shed Festival 3, the team are thrilled to confirm the following acts for this July.

Villagers will headline the Main Stage on Saturday 21st July. The moniker for singer-songwriter Conor J. O’Brien and his cohorts, 2010 saw Villagers’ debut album released on Domino Records – a Mercury Prize nomination and Ivor Novello awards quickly followed. To say that their second album (due for a late summer release) is hotly anticipated is a massive understatement. Their first UK festival appearance of 2012, the Deer Shed Festival audience are in for a captivating performance of O’Brien’s beautifully crafted songs.

Cherry Ghost will close the festival on Sunday 22nd July but this is a Main Stage headline set with a difference – the band will take to the stage at 2.45pm. Sunday is Deer Shed Festival’s long goodbye – brunch, newspapers, crafts market and, for the first time, performances on the Main Stage before the arena closes late afternoon. A fitting finale to a weekend of fine music and good times, festival-goers will head home with Cherry Ghost’s acoustic performance and Simon Aldred’s glorious voice ringing in their ears.

Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny’s debut album, ‘Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose’, was released this week and has been receiving plaudits left, right and centre. Deservedly so, Houghton has an imagination the size of the planet, her music is an inventive delight blending folk with psychedelia and glam rock and her performances brim with style and drama. The Main Stage will play home to the band on Saturday.

Dutch Uncles combine incredible musicianship, sharp hooks and insanely danceable time signatures into perfectly formed music that can only be described as ‘prog-pop’. Fronted by the intensely watchable, and very energetic, Duncan Wallis, this Manchester band will headline the In The Dock Stage on Friday night.

Treetop Flyers call their music “pure country soul”. A blend of folk, rock, country and soul, this five-piece, sepia-tinged band will play the Deer Shed Festival Main Stage on Saturday afternoon. Infused with the spirit of The Band, Neil Young and Crosby, Stills & Nash, the band will provide a perfect 1970’s feel soundtrack to a summer’s afternoon.

The first act to be announced for the brand new Lake Stage is Tupelo who will headline Friday night.  Their music takes the fiddle-led acoustic approach of the Deep South and combines it with gutsy Irish folk. Joining them on the new stage will be Rachel Sermanniwho performs on Saturday; this Scottish singer-songwriter signed to the Communion collective has an incredibly compelling voice and a unique talent for earthy folk melodies and dextrous fingerpicking.

We Were Evergreen, an alternative indie-electro-pop band from France play the Main Stage on Sunday. Possessing a wide-eyed, child-like joie de vivre, this Gallic trio’s mellow yet uplifting choruses will provide a suitably lovely theme tune to the Deer Shed Festival long goodbye on the last day of the weekend.

Building on the success of two well received and sold-out festivals since it debuted in 2010 (including being shortlisted for the Best Family-Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2011), Deer Shed Festival is stretching its wings a little this year with a bigger line-up that includes Main Stage and In The Dock Stage performances on all three days and a brand new Lake Stage.

Further plans for this year will be unveiled soon – more acts including the Friday night headliner, details of the new site layout which has increased by a third, a cinema tent, especially commissioned theatre productions, expanded arts and activities programme and, of course, the all-important theme. Last year’s Sky at Night theme saw Professor Brian Cox levels of stargazing before it all got so trendy.

Tickets are available now through http://www.deershedfestival.com/tickets/ or Ticketline on 0844 888 9991.

Tickets for Deer Shed Festival 2012 now available

Tickets are available via http://www.deershedfestival.com/tickets/ or through Ticketline on 0844 888 9991.

Adult Saturday & Sunday only ticket (16+)   £59

Adult weekend ticket (16+)   £69

Child weekend ticket (6+)   £20

Child weekend ticket (5 and under)   FREE
Weekend campervan/caravan/trailer pass   £15

Tickets for the festival would make a fantastic great Christmas present for music-loving families so the organisers have enlisted some festive elves to send a Deer Shed Festival tote bag and Christmas card, free of charge, to any customers who let them know before December 14th that the tickets are going to be a present. All customers need to do is email [email protected]com with their ticket reference number, name and postal address by December 14th and they will receive a festive package perfect for passing on to their loved ones.

Plans for Deer Shed Festival 3 so far include more live acts on the Friday night, additional arts including commissioned theatre productions taking place in the woods, more camping space, different campsites for folks who want to stay up to the wee hours, extra after-hours entertainment and later bar opening hours for those fans of the wee hours, improved availability of the vast array of workshops, a longer “long goodbye” on Sunday and custom-made indestructible* swingballs.

*that’s indestructible by powerful playing, not indestructible by, say, a heavy goods vehicle.

Headlined by the outstanding I Am Kloot, 2011’s Deer Shed Festival was a triumph. Six thousand music lovers of all ages soaked up performances by a line-up including Frankie & The Heartstrings and Caitlin Rose under a sunny sky. Garnering high praise from artists and audience alike, in just two short years Deer Shed Festival has become a serious contender for the best family-orientated festival in the UK. For a taste of the Deer Shed Festival magic, check out the short video here http://www.deershedfestival.com/media/

Tickets for Deer Shed Festival 2012 on sale on Monday

 

Tickets will be available via http://www.deershedfestival.com/tickets/ or through Ticketline on 0844 888 9991.

Adult Saturday & Sunday only ticket (16+)  £59
Adult weekend ticket (16+) £59  ** LIMITED EARLY BIRD **
Adult weekend ticket (16+) £69
Child weekend ticket (6+) £20
Child weekend ticket (5 and under) FREE
Weekend campervan/caravan/trailer pass £15

Plans for next year so far include more live acts on the Friday night, additional arts including commissioned theatre productions taking place in the woods, more camping space, different campsites for folks who want to stay up to the wee hours, extra after-hours entertainment and later bar opening hours for those fans of the wee hours, improved availability of the vast array of workshops, a longer “long goodbye” on Sunday and custom-made indestructible* swingballs.

*that’s indestructible by powerful playing, not indestructible by, say, a heavy goods vehicle.

Headlined by the outstanding I Am Kloot, this year’s Deer Shed Festival was a triumph. Six thousand music lovers of all ages soaked up performances by a line-up including Frankie & The Heartstrings and Caitlin Rose under a sunny sky. Garnering high praise from artists and audience alike, in just two short years Deer Shed Festival has become a serious contender for the best family-orientated festival in the UK. For a taste of the Deer Shed Festival magic, check out the short video here http://www.deershedfestival.com/media/

Deer Shed Festival 2012 – onwards, upwards and across a bit.

Deer Shed Festival unveils arts program & gastronomic delights

Having already unveiled an enviable music line-up and more crafts and sports activities than a hundred episodes of Blue Peter rolled into one, Deer Shed Festival has also lined up artists and performing artists for this year’s event who will be creating work that evolves throughout the day and holding workshops for festival goers to get involved in.
 
Graffiti crew Best Joined Up mix classic street styles with fine art, a mash-up you could say. Creating artworks on Saturday, they will also be running tagging workshops on Sunday. As if traditional Morris dancing was not entertaining enough, how about Morris dancing with a gothic twist? Deer Shed Festival welcomes Jet Set Gothic Morris Dancers all the way from the spiritual home of goth – Whitby, North Yorkshire. Faery Floss combine two seeming unrelated thing as they offer relaxing yoga sessions over the weekend as well as supplying the festival audience with organic candy floss.
 
Cabinet Fatalia, all the way from Germany, combines (and we’re quoting here, obviously) “elements of freakshow, object theatre and cabinet of curiosities. The 6-wheel-mobile includes a chamber of mysterious viewing boxes, strangely animated furniture, convulsive forms and phantom guests. Fatalia’s viewing boxes are miniature constructions and hermetic dream worlds, in which secret desires, memories and present perceptions coexist.” Ooh err.
 
Duckett & Jeffreys Gallery are bringing their mobile gallery to the Deer Shed Festival site. The DJ Tour vehicle is a small but perfectly formed 1960’s dinky Sprite Caravan and will be exhibiting original artworks in CD cases. And on the final day of the festival, the Big Top will be home to a Sunday market with a wide variety of arts, crafts and vintage wares on sale, all from local Yorkshire artists.
 
And now on to the food…
 
As an army marches better on a full stomach, so a festival audience dances better full of good food and drink.  This year Deer Shed Festival has put together a mouth-watering menu to ensure festival goers of all tastes will be catered for.
 
There’s the French version of a Yorkshire pudding only flat and sweet from Absolute Crepe and The Crepe Company. According to Wikipedia, crepes are best served with cider. Luckily there are three bars on site selling drinks at pub prices so that’s an easy duo for festival-goers to get their hands on. Bars will be selling local Yorkshire real ale and one will have a late-night, drinking den flavour just for the grown-ups. Keeping on an international theme, they’ll be German sausages to make the eyes water from Bratengrill, pizzas courtesy ofPizza Farm, delicious selection of curries from Sizzle & Spice and oriental catering from Takodo.
 
Carnivores can choose from oak-smoked wraps from Dorset Smokery, hot pork sandwiches from Farmers Oven, ostrich burgers fromHolly Tree Farm and venison stew from Oldfields. Vegetarians can feast on award winning veggie burgers, falafel, hummus and a 13 ingredient salad from Goodness Gracious Healthy Foods and both carnivores and vegetarians can get stuck into hot Mexican food fromFood Bums Chilli Bar.
 
Geoff Allan Fish and Chips will be bringing good ol’ fashioned fish suppers to the Deer Shed Festival site and award winning pie maestrosI Pies return with their handmade pies, quiches and tarts. A firm favourite last year, Stovepuppets bring back their Yorkshire puds served with a choice of fillings and Lucky Chip is a pop-up version of a classic American diner with a difference, serving hand-cut chips with home-made sauces and a selection of nut and veggie burgers.
 
Yee Kwan’s award winning, Far Eastern-inspired, handcrafted ice creams and sorbets make the perfect dessert after one of the above treats or there’s Simply Strawberries (cream and chocolate sauce optional!). All dinners can be finished off with a lovely cup of steaming hot Joe from Coffee Galore.
 
Lullabelles Lunches will be serving delicious and tempting treats from Lullabelle, a pink VW campervan, while Oso Juicy will be dispensing super tasty smoothies from Poppy, their campervan-come-mobile-smoothie-shop. Fresher Snacks are bringing the Toastie House full of snacky delicacies to site and for those with a sweet tooth, Dinky DoughnutsMoo Moo’s Milkshake Bar and Joneva will be on hand to sate the sugar cravings. 
 
Music, arts, crafts, food, drink, sports – the Deer Shed Festival has it all for families this July.
 
Tickets available now through www.deershedfestival.com/tickets
Adult (16+) weekend ticket (Fri-Sun)                                      £59
Adult (16+) Saturday & Sunday only ticket                            £45
Child (6+) weekend ticket                                                            £15
Child (5 and under) weekend ticket                                         FREE*
Weekend campervan & caravan pass                                     £15
* But will require a ticket obtained through the ticket sales outlet
 
 
** MUSIC LINE-UP FOR 2011 **
I Am Kloot, The Go! Team, Frankie & The Heartstrings, The Leisure Society, Erland and The Carnival, Caitlin Rose, Admiral Fallow, Marcus Foster, Tom Williams & The Boat, Matthew and The Atlas, Lanterns on The Lake, Laki Mera, Arthur Rigby & The Baskervylles, Tigers That Talked, Spokes, Let’s Buy Happiness, The Neat, Just Handshakes (We’re British), Yonderboy, Hope & Social, Two Spot Gobi, My Forever, Sam Airey, Holly Taymar, Her Name Is Calla and The Glendale Family
 
** ACTIVITIES FOR 2011 **
Softball, football, swingball, hula hoops, sand pit, doodle wall, paintball art, graffiti workshops, ukulele lessons, junk modelling, badge making, cartoons & films, storytelling, blacksmith artist-in-residence, circus skills workshops, face painting
 
** THEME FOR 2011 **
Pop-up planetarium, Russian cosmonaut hosted cabaret, telescopes, binoculars, space hoppers, a band of merry local astronomers, star gazing, papier mache lunarscapes and more in honour of headliner I Am Kloot’s album Sky At Night