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SLIDESHOW: Underneath The Stars Festival at Cannon Hall Farm

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Land belonging to a popular South Yorkshire farm was transformed into a huge music festival enjoyed by hundreds.

Revellers descended on Cannon Hall Farm, at Cawthorne, near Barnsley, for the first Underneath The Stars Festival.

The farmland, which is normally home to hundreds of sheep, was transformed to accommodate car parking, camping and the festival area.

Visitors enjoyed a variety of music from the likes of songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson and Northern Irish singer Damien O’Kane – husband of renowned folk singer Kate Rusby – in two huge marquees.

A host of other activities kept children entertained including fairground rides and singing sessions.

A highlight of the weekend for many was a performance by Kate Rusby herself, who comes from Penistone.

The idea for the festival came about over a pint between Kate’s father, Steve, and Roger Nicholson from Cannon Hall Farm.

Kate’s brother Joe, one of the organisers, said they wanted to create a festival for all the family to enjoy.

“The festival has been two years in the planning,” he said. “We wanted to tie in with the farm business because it’s an amazing family location and a brilliant day out.

“There are plenty of music festivals that don’t cater for this kind of people. We wanted it to be a mixture between a music festival and a summer fair.

“We definitely hope to put it on again next year and I’m already in discussions about the line-up.”

Emma Grant, aged 40, from Worsborough, was camping at the festival. “It’s been great,” she said. “There is loads for the kids to do while we can enjoy the music.”

 

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