Festival Review: Deer Shed 10
Deer Shed 10 took place over the weekend of the 26th 28th July at Baldersby Park in North Yorkshire .
The rain and extremely muddy conditions did little to stop the festival goers who descended on the grounds of the sold out festival to celebrate its 10th anniversary .
The main focus for us here Spotlight Music was of course the music stages which boasted acts such as Ezra Furman, North East lad Callum Pitt and North Yorkshire’s Amy May Ellis who performed a beautiful set to a packed out pallet stage.
I then headed over to the lodge stage to hear a very insightful talk from musician Akala discussing his new book Natives before taking to The Dock Stage later in the evening .
The rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of Deer Shed’s audience, before Sunday brought some welcome warm weather in time for the festival’s first ever full Sunday night programme.
Previously, Deer Shed’s Sunday headliner performed at around 5pm, but Ezra Furman took up the mantle of the festival’s first ever Sunday night Main Stage headliner long into the night.
Clearly excited by the oppotunity, Ezra Furman tweeted:
“Deer Shed Festival up in North Yorkshire was so great. One of my favourite festivals we’ve done. Thanks a million, absolutely everyone.”
Deer Shed Festival’s director Oliver Jones said that everything had gone to plan and:
“The rain of course brings extra challenges over the weekend, but each year we prepare fully for all weather conditions. It’s amazing how our audience always manage to maintain the festival’s feel-good atmosphere and never allow it to get in the way of enjoying the huge array of entertainment programmed over three days. Credit also has to go to all of our fantastic performers, volunteers and traders for keeping the show on the road and ensuring our audience could still have a magical time throughout.
Now, we begin work on the next ten years of Deer Shed!”
The plethora of music, comedy, cabaret, theatre, science, sports and arts on offer at Deer Shed certainly do offer something for everyone and it has undoubtedly gone a long way in helping Deer Shed stand the test of time when it comes to enticing people back year after year .
One things for sure, we can’t wait for next year’s festival .
Early bird tickets to Deer Shed Festival 11 will go on sale at 10am on 10th September 2019.
All photography by Claire Allport