The future’s bright at new music festival

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TICKETS are selling fast as revellers gear up for a huge new music festival at famous Scarborough landmark Oliver’s Mount.

Organisers, Red Cherry Music, are hoping the June event, which boasts the breathtaking views from Oliver’s Mount as a backdrop, will become a leading event on the town’s musical calendar.

Featuring a wealth of local talent alongside headliners popular Leeds band Hope and Social and Driffield folk star Edwina Hayes, the Future of Music Festival will take place at the bikers’ village at Mount Farm.

The venue, more accustomed to rocking to the beat of high-performance motorcycles, will retain a relaxed feel despite the festival falling during the scheduled date for Scarborough’s International Bike Week.

The festival will provide the official opening of the biking event, but no racing will take place over the two days.

Samuel Holmes, 34, founder of Scarborough-based Red Cherry Music, said: “If the people of the Yorkshire Coast and beyond carry on supporting this event as they have done so far, it will become a fantastic addition to the coast’s music events and festival line up. We cant wait to see everybody there.

“This is a great local and beautiful venue for celebrating the talent and arts we have on our doorstep and people should get themselves there whether they like the specific headliners or music or not, as there is so much more going on.”

Mr Holmes is a prominent figure on the Scarborough music scene. An established songwriter, he performs regularly in venues across the town and organises events, such as the Acoustic Bistro.

He is also a double semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest and is keen to promote new music in the town.

He said: “Most of the acts are bands or artists from Scarborough or the Yorkshire Coast. Scarborough is a really artistic town. It has a pool of talent and the festival is about showing people what we have to offer.”

The Saturday bill includes Mark Stanley and the Field Notes, the Sonnet, Dustin the Blues, the Deadlight, Everyone an Army and TFI Music. The Edge of 13, Marshal Bravestar, Dan Lumley and Grace Buterflii will also perform.

On Sunday, 3 Foot Ninja, Tom Townsend, Ishka, Property of Dave, Stray Scene and La Petite Mort are lined up to show off their various repertoires.

Ben Sullivan, Darren Cooke, Codie Leigh Rylatt, Josh Giddings and Ella Calvert will also be on stage before Edwina Hayes wows the crowds.

DJ North Bay will play a set on Saturday night and comperes will be comedians and musicians O’Shea and Ogilvie.

The family-friendly festival also features a host of free activities including a kids’ comedy tent, arts and dance workshops, a kite-making workshop, circus skills and a mini fairground attraction.

There will also be a bar, a festival market place and a massage, reiki and reflexology tent.

The event opens with The Stephen Joseph Theatre Funky Choir at noon and continues until midnight on Saturday June 16 and between 11am and 8pm on Sunday June 17.

Gates open at 9am on both days and there is an opportunity to camp on Saturday night.

Tickets are available at www.futureofmusicfestival.co.uk

Children’s tickets for under 16s are free if accompanied by an adult, however there is an opportunity to choose to donate to local charity ‘Ellie’s Fund - Brain Tumour Trust.