Last weekend I spent a very enjoyable Saturday afternoon at Moonbeams Festival in East Yorkshire. I just wish I could have been there for the full event but unfortunately the pressures of work got in the way. Even so, in that short time, I was able to listen to and watch a truly diverse range of quality entertainment. From the consummate rockier sounds of the five piece band ‘Van Susans’ to the highly entertaining comical poetic musings of ‘Les Barker’ and even a brass quintet in the form of ‘Yorkshire Wolds Versatile Brass’.
On Friday evening ‘Peatbog Faeries’ were headlining and everyone I spoke to told me they really brought the house down with their stamp of Celtic music.
There was a surprising change to the festival site layout this year which I think was a great improvement. The addition of a big top style marquee for the main stage and the utilisation of a small strip of land, not previously used as a public area, really opened things up. It all became much more spacious and uncluttered but without losing any of the intimacy that makes Moonbeams what it is.
The building that was previously used for the main stage took on a new role as green room and market area. There were just three traders in evidence ‘Black Yak’ – offering a selection of fair trade clothes. ‘Best Aromatics’ – presenting a range of locally made aromatherapy products and ‘In The Green’ with an impressive assortment of CDs and vinyl. Amongst this collection of albums my wife Debbie managed to find a CD version of ‘The Tain’ by Horslips, something I’ve been after for quite a few years.
I had a chat with Steve, from In The Green, about his business:
On the food and drink front there was some really nice, locally made ice cream from ‘Cream of the Wolds’ while the core catering was, as in previous years, taken care of in ‘The PeaceCake Café’ by Selma who had this to say:
Of course one of the many things that makes Moonbeams so special is its location, in the grounds of a real ale brewery, high on the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds. Wold Top Brewery brew award winning beers using local barley and chalk filtered water from their own borehole. Here, at the festival, you can taste Wold Top beer at its finest. Wold Top have even produced a festival ale especially for the Moonbeams event.
I talked about beer with Tom Mellor from Wold Top:
I’m really annoyed with myself – yet again, I’ve managed to miss a performance by Martyn Joseph. I keep hearing such good reports but each time I’m somewhere that he’s playing something else gets in the way. The musical line up for this year festival was quite impressive.
Peatbog Faeries * Breabach * Nizlopi * Martyn Joseph * Les Barker * Van Susans * Tarras * 4 Square * Merry Hell * Edwina Hayes * The Duncan McFarlane Band * Plumhall * NE3Folk * The Jon Palmer Band * Raven * The Hall Brothers * The Nick Rooke Band * Maisey & The Thompsons * The Tom Townsend Blues Band.
I can highly recommend Moonbeams. It may be one of the smaller festivals but that in no way detracts from what is a fantastically friendly, fun-filled family festival with a big heart. I suggest getting your tickets for 2015 as soon as you can because I don’t think this festival is going to remain a secret for very much longer. http://www.moonbeamsevents.co.uk/