Wykeham warm-up to Acoustic Gathering

Wykeham gathering music event kids have fun in the grounds of the Downe Arms..Picture Richard Ponter 123164a
Wykeham gathering music event kids have fun in the grounds of the Downe Arms..Picture Richard Ponter 123164a
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Ramping up the hustle and bustle of a village in Scarborough, a mini-music festival gave audiences plenty to cheer about.

It’s a popular wedding reception venue, but last weekend The Downe Arms in Wykeham was transformed into the main festival stage to hosting the return of the Wykeham Gathering.

Staging one act on the hour every hour, audiences were treated to live music from local artists.

Steve Dickinson, festival organiser, said: “It was a good turnout and we had good performances.

“It was 11 hours of music in a very picturesque setting, a bit like the best part of a wedding reception just without a bride or groom.”

Last week’s Yorkshire Festival culminated in Sunday’s musical extravaganza, but the beat goes on.

A precursor to the Acoustic Gathering, following the success of the Wykeham festival, organisers are now looking ahead to September’s main event.

Mr Dickinson added: “Everything’s on track and tickets are selling really well.

“We’ve got the top three acts sorted, but we’re trying to leave the line-up as open as possible.”

The festival takes place on Sunday September 9 and will see Peasholm Park transformed for a full day of local live music, headlined by 3 Daft Monkeys, with a real ale bar featuring some of Yorkshire’s finest beers, as well as a community market and entertainment.

Peasholm Park’s centenary celebrations reach a climax next month in what will be a two-day ticketed event - a first for Acoustic Gathering in its seven-year history.

Saturday Spectacular on September 8 will see 90s Brit-pop sensations The Lightning Seeds perform a special acoustic set.

“It’s going to be slightly different because of restrictions, but we’re trying to up the game on previous years and put in more effort,” said Mr Dickinson.

“It now lends itself to being a proper festival.”

Tickets for Acoustic Gathering are now available from Mojo’s Music Cafe in Victoria Road and also from online ticket agencies.