Hitting the high note

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BEVERLEY’S annual folk festival is set to hit a high note for its 30th anniversary - by celebrating an important change of venue.

The June 21 to 23 event re-locates to the racecourse for 2013 and with the line-up for the weekend nearly completed organisers are promising a broad mix of artists and attractions.

There will be traditional English music from the Oysterband, popular music from the The Proclaimers, and a mixture of exciting songwriters, including Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes, plus Gretchen Peters, Henry Priestman and Lau.

In between, the festival also features a thriving Comedy Club and Film Club, plus a range of literature events featuring top authors, story tellers and poets.

Recent years have seen a great increase in interest from the younger generation, and there will be a full programme of events organised and performed by some of the best young artists in the country today.

Included are winners of the UK’s national ‘Live and Unsigned’ 2012 competition Co-Co and the Butterfields.

Having been nominated for the third time in 2012 for the Best Family Festival Award in the UK Festival Awards and having twice reached the short-list of top 10 festivals countrywide, the event will have its biggest programme ever of activities for children and families with story-tellers, open mic sessions, making workshops and lots more.

As well as the festival’s traditional “Festival Village” which will be held in the centre of the racecourse with a range of marquees for concerts, craft fair and food stalls, the range of buildings also available enables a mix of activities to take place that are best suited to an indoor environment.

To provide easy accessibility for everyone, the festival is laying on a special shuttle bus service between the racecourse and the town, where it will drop off at the popular spots hosting the regular festival sessions.

Artists already confirmed for 2013: The Proclaimers, Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes, Oysterband, Lau, Gretchen Peters (USA), Steve Forbert (USA), Eduardo Niebla, Sam Carter, Megson, Henry Priestman, Lucy Ward, Allan Yn Y Fan, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, The Young ‘uns, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper (USA), Coco and the Butterfields, Edwina Hayes, Farino, The Whiskey Dogs, Circus Envy, The Duncan McFarlane Band and Folkestra, plus more still to be announced.

* For information go to the festival’s website www.beverleyfestival.com or call the office on 01377 217569.

Single Event and Weekend Tickets are already selling fast and can be obtained on-line from www.beverleyfestival.com

A special ‘Winter Warmer’ Weekend Deal is also available until December 31 for all ages plus Families.

Day tickets will go on sale early January.