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Deer Shed Festival star Gaz Coombes of Supergrass.
Deer Shed Festival star Gaz Coombes of Supergrass.

One of the UK's best music festivals starts today in North Yorkshire.

Deer Shed Festival has gone from strength to strength since it was first launched almost a decade ago.
This year's family-friendly event boasts a fab set of big name headliners from today, Friday to Sunday - plus brand new wood-fired hot tubs!
Acts on the line-up for Deer Shed 9 include headliners Goldfrapp, Field Music & the Open Here Orchestra and Drenge.


Located on 90 beautiful acres of the grounds of Baldersby Park near Topcliffe, the festival site opens today at 10am and closes at 8pm on Sunday 22nd or noon Monday for anyone with a Sunday night camping pass.


The actual arena opens today at 1pm and the entertainment starts at 4pm with tonight's headliners on the main stage being Drenge while Gaz Coombes, formerly of Supergrass, headlines the In The Dock stage.
Other notable music names appearing live this weekend include Public Service Broadcasting, Jane Weaver, Joan As Police Woman, This Is The Kit, Scott Matthews, Nadine Shah, Slug and Warm Digits.


In 2016, the festival's organisers reported an 800 per cent increase in visitors since its year, attracting more than 9,000 people.
While growing bigger almost every year with attracting increasingly big names from the world of indie, alternative and acoustic music, Deer Shed has managed to retain its civilised feel.


Audiences at Deer Shed from Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22, a large percentage of which are expected once more to be children, will be enjoying more than music.
Stand-up comedy, literature, food and drink and children’s activities join the list of events. And science activities will also feature prominently Newly-designed workshops and activities for 2018 include Johnny White’s Good Vibrations, Dan Fox’s Sound Garden, Marine Forensics, Pop-up Science Lab, Wavy Geometrics and more.


Also featured in the science programme will be Angela Saini, the author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, Mylar Melodies, DivKid and AK/DK. As for Deer Shed’s comedy strand, acts in this year’s progamme will include James Acaster, Justin Moorhouse and Daliso Chaponda.


Curated by The Guardian’s Dave Simpson and Katherine Stanton, literary and spoken word guests will include Owen Jones, Woody Woodmansey and Ken Scott, Amy Liptrot, Rob Cowen, Stuart Heritage and Tim Dowling.

Review: Richard Hawley tops highlights of Deer Shed fest 2016