An introduction to Moonbeams…
Moonbeams hosts a series of relaxed music events throughout the year, including the legendary summer Moonbeams Festival, a series of top quality music nights, as well as appearances at a host of other festivals.
Moonbeams Festival is set in the grounds of the Wold Top Brewery, perched on top of the Yorkshire Wolds. Moonbeams Festival is one of the country’s best-kept secrets, a festival that provides the perfect weekend away to enjoy world-class music and award-winning ales in the most beautiful surroundings!
2018 will see Moonbeams Festival celebrating ten years of ‘Sell Out’ festivals with a stellar line-up including festival patrons, Skerryvore, Peatbog Faeries, The Young’uns and Hackney Colliery Band in the lineup… Further names confirmed for the anniversary event include Holy Moly and the Crackers, Mark Radcliffe’s Galleon Blast, Gary Stewart’s Graceland, Tide Lines, Stillhouse, Gentlemen of Few and Andy Stones among others.
Tickets for Moonbeams, which was described by festival artist Ade Edmondson, as ‘a little piece of heaven on the Wolds’ Sold Out in a record time of 8 weeks!
It all began in 2007 when Moonbeams organiser Leila Cooper invited one of her favourite singer-songwriters, Chris Helme, to come and play in her hometown of Driffield, she even adopted the name Moonbeams from the title of one of his songs.
“The Moonbeams ‘Summer Gatherings’ began at my home farm in Kelk in 2007 and a couple of years later, I put on the first Moonbeams Festival at the Wold Top Brewery after music lovers Tom and Gill Mellor invited me to use their amazing venue.
“From the very first festival, my vision was to help people enjoy a perfect weekend away in a lovely rural setting, with world-class music and award-winning food and drink. When we moved the festival to Hunmanby Grange and visitors told me that the sweep into the brewery drive is their cue to kick back and have a great time, I knew that I’d realised my dream.”
“The festival has since grown in size, but it still has that lovely friendly intimate atmosphere it began with many years ago, which is a huge part of its charm… We have built up our audience over the years, with many people coming from all over the country to relax and enjoy the music. The atmosphere is always wonderful and is made so by the wonderful audience.”
Leila launched Moonbeams as a way to bring top-class acoustic, folk and roots music to East Yorkshire and now organises other music events throughout the year, in addition to compering at other festivals, including Kate Rusby’s Underneath the Stars Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival.
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