Bigger Deer Shed’s pledge to keep its ‘vibe’

Beth Jean Houghton.
Beth Jean Houghton.

BIGGER, better and bolder, North Yorkshire’s top music festival is returning this year more ambitious than ever and with a new audience capacity of 6,000.

The family-friendly Deer Shed Festival 3 will take place on the weekend of July 20-22 in the beautiful parklands of Baldersby Park near Topcliffe and, for the first time, all of the 90-acre site will be utilised.

Festival organiser Oliver Jones said they had previously used two-thirds of the site but growing success had prompted the latest expansion plan.

“We had a great festival last year with Deer Shed Festival 2. This year we are building on this success in many ways.

“We’ve got three great headliners, a new stage on an island in our newly-restored lake, an expanded arts programme including cinema and commissioned guerilla theatre for the first time. It’s really exciting, the team is working hard to make this the best festival yet.”

Deer Shed Festival is already well known for havingthe vibe of a lazy Sunday afternoon in the perfect pub beer garden, sound-tracked by a bill that resembles the 6 Music playlist.

The team behind the festival book bands they love, work with like-minded people, don’t squeeze a thousand tents into a field the size of a postage stamp and endeavour to keep prices to a minimum.

It’s part of the reason, the festival’s reputation has grown far and wide. In November, Deer Shed was one of four festivals short listed for Best Family Festival at the UK Festival Awards alongside more established names as Camp Bestival and Wychwood.

Organisers have also revealed the headlining acts for the bigger and bolder Deer Shed Festival 3,

Villagers will headline the Main Stage on Saturday, July 21. 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. 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, July 22 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.

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.

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.

Known for its good old-fashioned hospitality, despite doubling the size of the arena, Deer Shed 3 promises Deer Shed 1 levels of camping space with a separate field and entrance for campervans and caravans.

l Tickets are available now through or Ticketline on 0844 888 9991.