Here is a story the bees used to tell, which makes it hard to disbelieve…. Joanne Harris is the internationally acclaimed author of Chocolat, and many other best-selling novels. She is also active on Twitter, where her live storytelling has become a popular phenomenon and from these tweets, a whole book of stories has emerged, Honeycomb, which is thought provoking, funny, sad and completely original. Joanne and the Storytime Band have created #Storytime: a live show featuring tales from the book, which will be published later this year, along with projections, original music and song in a show which is intimate, engaging, quirky and darkly magical.
Did you know that astronauts get taller in space? That our solar system is around 4.6 billion years old? Or that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all of the beaches on Earth? Amira does…. A completely original one woman show without words, A Strange New Space melds physical theatre with stunning puppetry and original music, forming an unforgettable introduction to theatre for audiences of four years and older. Winner of the Edinburgh Fringe Primary Times Children’s Choice Award.
For tens of thousands of years, people have ventured underground in order to experience something out of the ordinary: to take shelter, create, hide, escape... Join us as we gather for our own extraordinary expedition where the memories and secrets of Stump Cross Caverns will dance before you. Beneath Our Feet is a promenade performance that will use dance and live music to tell the story of the underground. Your guide, musician Lou Vilstrup, will draw you into an unknown world, where the memories and secrets of each underground space will dance before you. This is the most recent work by award-winning dance company Made By Katie Green, who specialise in making dance performance work for museums and heritage sites. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, there are three chances to see this extraordinary performance each evening.
For full access details please see www.madebykatiegreen.co.uk
Currently celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Benyounes Quartet hasCurrently celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Benyounes Quartet has forged a reputation for fresh, vivid performances and interpretations of refinement and integrity. Recipients of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Julius Isserlis Scholarship, the quartet’s international accolades include 2nd prize at both the 2014 Orlando International String Quartet Competition and the International Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition in Budapest.
The Benyounes Quartet has established a presence at major venues including Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and at festivals such as Budapest Spring, Quatuors a Bordeaux, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Aldeburgh and West Cork Chamber Music. The quartet has had the pleasure to play chamber music with internationally renowned artists including Julian Bliss, Philip Higham, Jeremy Young, Navarra quartet, Gareth Hulse, Ben Johnson and Philippe Bernold. Since 2015 the Benyounes have taken over the Artistic Directorship of Alfriston Summer Music, a highly successful festival that is in its 13th year, set in the heart of the South Downs.
Their debut recording of Mozart Piano Concertos with pianist Jeremy Young was released on Meridian Records to critical acclaim. They featured on Champs Hill Records complete works for string quartet by Mendelssohn (BBC Magazine’s critics choice 2014) and their forthcoming disc for Champs Hill will be released Summer 2018.
The Festival is looking forward to welcoming this talented quartet to the beautiful setting of Scargill House.
“The polish of the Benyounes Quartet was new… they already seem seasoned veterans with their tight ensemble and confident projection.” – The Times
Grassington Festival is proud to present a unique and exciting performance by the British Electric Foundation featuring legendary artists.
British Electric Foundation were formed in 1980, the brain child of Martyn Ware (The Human League and Heaven 17). The group showcases a variety of different musical artists performing classic songs with an electronic slant.
Martyn Ware has assembled a stellar line-up featuring the full Heaven 17 band performing songs made famous by the stars themselves as well as cover versions in the inimitable BEF electronic pop style and featuring:
Peter Hooton (The Farm), Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols), Jaki Graham, Mari Wilson and of course Glenn Gregory from Heaven 17.
This is definitely a night of amazing music not to be missed.
* This is a standing event.
Spend a day learning how to make cheese in this purpose-built cheese dairy with industry expert Andy Swinscoe. Be guided through the background science and technical theory of how to make cheeses and experience handson cheese-making of two distinctly different traditional Yorkshire cheeses Wensleydale and York Soft Cheese to take home and enjoy! The course is detailed and covers all the basics of cheese-making, combining a hands-on approach with some theory classroom work
Join local farmers Chris Clark and Neil Heseltine to discuss the future of farming in the Dales. Chris is the owner of Nethergill Farm, home to rare breed Shorthorn cattle with a gradually improving biodiversity and he has been advising local farm businesses how to embrace alternative business measures and standards in preparation for Brexit Neil is the fourth generation of Heseltine’s to farm Hill Top Farm in Malham farming Belted Galloway cattle for the past 14 years. He has seen a marked increase in natural flora and herbs, including the restoration of a traditional hay meadow with the help of the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust. He works with the National Trust, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and the RSPB to maintain and create a diverse farm habitat.
Playful, punchy and purposefully relaxed, The Fratellis will be bringing their thrilling mix of razor-sharp guitar riffs, air-punching piano stabs, falsetto vocals and melodies you could hang your coat on to the Grassington Festival in the Field Marquee.
Jon (vocals/guitar), Barry (bass) and Mince Fratelli (drums) are roaring into their second decade with a fifth album In Your Own Sweet Time that plays to their strengths while also pushing their sound in vivid new directions.
They have teamed up once again with six-time Grammy and Mercury nominated American producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, The Kooks, M83, Belle & Sebastian) who previously collaborated on smash-hit Costello Music, an album that lasted 83 weeks in the charts, won The Fratellis a Brit Award in 2007 for ‘Best Emerging Artists’, and launched The Fratellis to stratospheric critical and commercial heights.
Who can forget the deathless and dauntless Chelsea Dagger or the unbelievably addictive Whistle for the Choir?
This will be a celebratory and giddy performance not to be missed and will top off a whole day of fun for all the family featuring a fabulous mix of music with bands from all over the country, food and drink, magic and excellent entertainment, starting at 12 noon with festivities continuing until 11pm.
Other bands throughout the day include
CoCo and the Butterfields. An English indie-pop band, from Canterbury, Kent, who, since their inception in 2012, have spent much of their time on the road, touring the UK and Europe, selling out headline shows and featuring at many major festivals.
Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys. Having already recorded and produced over 10 acclaimed records, had multiple live sessions and airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 3, and his music regularly featured on Sky Arts and Sky Sports, it’s hard to believe that 24-year-old Cornwall-based folk singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Kelly has only been performing live for 4 years. With folk luminaries such as Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman, and Cara Dillon waxing lyrical about Sam’s live set, it seemed fitting when he was awarded the prestigious Horizon Award for emerging artists at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
…….with more artists and entertainment for all the family to be announced. Watch this space.
Join local resident Hanneke Dye for a very personal and poignant talk as she recounts her beginnings in Nazi-occupied Holland and the help she received at that time from the local community which undoubtedly saved her life. Hanneke was born to Jewish parents in 1943 with the help of a sympathetic midwife and doctor. She was initially hidden in a vacuum cleaner box for her safety and spent the first two years of her life in hiding until she was reunited with her parents after the end of the war. The proceeds of this event will be split between the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice and Grassington Festival.
We’re delighted to welcome Jason Manford, one of the UK’s biggest comedy stars, to Grassington with his new tour, ‘Muddle Class’. After his hugely successful 2013/14 ‘First World Problems’ tour, which performed more than 200 sold-out shows, Jason Manford makes a longawaited return to stand up with this new tour throughout the whole of 2018. Jason said: “Come along, bring your pals, your teenagers, your folks, and I promise we’ll have a great night together” A man of many talents, Jason also hosts his ratings-winning three-hour live show on Absolute Radio every Sunday morning. He is currently on our screens every Tuesday evening presenting ITV1’s What Would Your Kid Do?, following on from hosting the critically acclaimed Sunday night primetime ITV1 game show, Bigheads, as well as The Nightly Show. In October, he released his debut album,’ A Different Stage’, inspired by his love of musical theatre.
JazzLyrical, a group of around 15 experienced classical choral singers performing original 4-part harmony arrangements of jazz and other songs from the Jazz Age
Living with Dyslexia may be challenging for adults and children and they may feel isolated from their peers and their community as a result. Dyslexia awareness is all about communication and trying to provide support and solutions to help make life better. Join Joanna, who has a background of specialist dyslexia teaching and training, as she discusses dyslexia and provides some strategies which may help to support the individual.
Join artist Laney Birkhead as she explains the concepts behind her ground-breaking Swarm project, and how a passionate combination of beekeeping and printmaking have brought her to realise how important the little creatures that run our world are, and how we all must take responsibility for their wellbeing. This will be an illuminating and thought-provoking discussion
Compéred by Edd Hedges, this is a feast of stand-up comedy not to be missed. Edd Hedges ‘Edd Hedges is a joy to watch’
The Scotsman Back by popular demand and with an incredibly endearing stage presence, Edd Hedges has a natural affinity with an audience and since winning So You Think You’re Funny in 2013 his career has skyrocketed. Matt Rees ‘A properly original comedy mind’ The Guardian Multi-award-winning Welsh comedian, Matt Rees, has generated a huge buzz on the circuit over the past few years with his unique brand of well-crafted gags and acerbic delivery Saskia Preston ‘Superb gag-writer…one to watch’ London Is Funny Saskia Preston has made a name for herself as an act who delivers up offbeat one liners and observations in a unique and playful style. Darren Altman ‘…I genuinely think this is the best and most original act we’ve had’ Simon Cowell Darren Altman is a voiceover artist and impressionist, who won audiences over competing in Britain’s Got Talent 2016 . Robert White ‘Jaw-dropping riot…Get him on Shooting Stars!’ The List Robert White is the only gay, Aspergic, quarter-Welsh comic on the British comedy circuit, known for his brilliant timing and chaotic stage presence.
An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.
In conversation with his son Mike and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, this is a unique opportunity to get an intimate, entertaining and informative look at his remarkable journey from a pit village in Yorkshire to the top of those famous stairs whilst reliving the best moments from a show that for many defined their Saturday night
To be rock ‘n’ roll survivors is an achievement. To be Europe’s top live band, forty years after its inception is truly fantastic, but to still be enthusiastic, fresh, totally committed and in love with the music is a positive miracle.
Grassington Festival is proud to welcome the legendary Smokie to its Festival in the Field Marquee.
Originally hailing from Bradford, the band continues to play sell out tours around the globe and have sold over 25 million albums worldwide.
From their 1976 landmark ballad, Living Next Door to Alice (later re-released as Living Next Door to Alice (Who the F**K is Alice) in 1995 with Roy Chubby Brown) to chart-topping hits like If You Think You Know How to Love Me, Lay Back in the Arms of Someone as well as Oh Carol and I’ll Meet You at Midnight to name but a few, they continue to thrill old and new audiences alike and with platinum selling albums over the course of five decades, Smokie remain one of the most successful bands in the world today.
The Moonbeams are a group of musicians based in the Yorkshire Dales who critics describe as being “rooted deep in the countryside, willingly tied to the landscape, alert to the changing seasons”.
Grassington Festival is proud to be collaborating with the Voices of Craven, a rural initiative which aims to get people from the villages of Craven singing by nurturing local choirs. Everyone is welcome to join the monthly massed rehearsals which will all culminate in a celebratory concert staged in the beautiful St Michael the Archangel Church in Kirkby Malham. Inspirational Choral Director Thomas Leech has put together an evening of music and Joining the choir is locally born but internationally renowned Soprano Sarah Fox, described as “one of the loveliest voices presently available on any opera stage or concert platform”