Typically eclectic arts programme sees Deer Shed complete 2015 line-up

DeerShed Festival has revealed its arts programme for this year.
DeerShed Festival has revealed its arts programme for this year.
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VIV ALBERTINE, Andy Kershaw and Bill Bragg help form part of a wide-ranging arts programme at this year’s Deer Shed Festival.

The festival, held at Baldersby Park, Topcliffe on July 24-26 and now in its sixth year, is continuing with its commitment to appeal to festival-goers of all ages, particularly having won a Gold Award in January from Festival Kidz - a group of festival-seasoned families, who recognise festivals who cater best for kids and families.

As well as Albertine, Kershaw and Bragg, beatboxing sensation Shlomo, and the winner of the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2014 Panel Prize, Funz and Gamez, will also be appearing.

In the 2015 Big Top, alongside Funz and Gamez, Saturday headliners Pappy’s will be making a welcome return with their anarchic brand of sketch comedy and comedy-cabaret troupe, Slightly Fat Features, will perform their acclaimed variety act from London’s West End on the Friday.

‘Comedy improv-extraordinaires’ Racing Minds, junk percussion duo, Bang On! and a history of magic abridged from illusionist, Otiz Cannelloni add further variety to the weekend.

The Festival’s ‘Up in the Air’ theme is also addressed with shows from the professor of paper aircraft, Andy Chipling and the world famous bubbleologist, Samsam Bubbleman.

Last year’s successful addition of a Literary and Spoken Word programme proved successful and also returns, with spoken word shows from Andy Kershaw and Paul Arthurs (aka Bonehead from Oasis), while Bragg and Albertine – best-known for being in the all-female English punk group The Slits – will each be giving fascinating interviews to music writers Dave Simpson and Laura Barton respectively.

Barton will also be interviewing Betty Trask Award-winning children’s author, Emma Janes Unsworth and the creator of The Beano’s Derek the Sheep, Gary Northfield, will be talking about his latest book as well as running a comic book workshop.

There will also be a number of interactive arts once again and a number of walkabout acts including Mufti Game, who will bring festival-goers the kid’s game Battleships like they’ve never seen it before, including a 100-metre distance between the boards, an impressive outlook post, and highly-decorated Captains to oversee proceedings.

For ‘Up in the Air’ interactive-arts, visitors will have to look no further than Pif Paf Flycycle, who will be flying you around the world on their magnificent pedal-powered Flycycle.

Theatre performances will bring shows from Open Umbrella Theatre, Bird-Forward Theatre Project, Central School of Speech and Drama and Tusk Theatre.

In the evenings, youngsters can snuggle down for the night and listen to the wonderful worlds created by the likes of Lorna Mallet’s Bedtime Stories, Time Travelling Toby, or Mud Pie Arts – Miss Cloud.

Crowd favourite Sunday night cinema will be showing Legend of the Guardians, Galaxy Quest, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Oscar-winning, family-favourite Up.

Also on Sunday, the award-winning radio DJ Kershaw will transform the Obelisk stage into a Global Dance Night, pioneering world music and bringing the festival to a unique close.

As well as doing his interview with Simpson, Bragg will also headline the main stage on Friday night, as part of a music line-up over three days which also brings John Grant, Villagers, Dutch Uncles, The Unthanks, The Wedding Present and Du Blonde to North Yorkshire.

For more information and ticket details visit the Deer Shed Festival website HERE