Scarborough Fair returns: Billy Bragg, Clare Teal among headliners

Clare Teal
Clare Teal

Scarborough Fair hits town next year with headliners including Billy Bragg, Clare Teal, Martin and Eliza Carthy, I Am Kloot, Lau and Field Music.

Five stages will be set up at Redcliffe Farm overlooing Cayton Bay from May 27 to May 29.

Also confirmed is Leeds legend Dave Beer alongside a selection of Back To Basics residents.

“We’re massively excited to be bringing Back To Basics to Scarborough Fair in 2016.” Dave said. “We’ll be honouring our 25th anniversary by touring clubs and festivals all over the world throughout the year and what better way to celebrate than at Scarborough Fair’s first ever festival.

“To see it in I’ll be playing alongside a selection of homegrown Leeds talent from the Back To Basics camp as well as a number of special guests.”

In addition to an eclectic mix of pop, folk, funk, jazz and dance music talent, the event will also offer comedy performances, Talks Tent and a film space curated by Michael Fassbender’s DMC Film outfit, offering something for even the most discerning festival goer.

Academy Award Winner and Snainton-born Sir Ben Kingsley is patron of Scarborough Fair and is offering his support to the returning festival.

“I’m very proud to be a part of the Scarborough Fair festival. It’s setting up to open the doors to the Yorkshire hills and coastline, the area in which I was born and have fond memories of. Set up to offer cultural events across music and the arts it’s an admirable project that I feel invigorated to be a part of.”

The festival is the brainchild of Levack, who was previously on the management team of Glastonbury Festival, and has and overseen Port Eliot festival and a number of pop-up galleries in London and across the UK.

“In 1998 I put on a mini-festival on a friend’s family farm for my 18th birthday. Since then I’ve wanted to bring a boutique festival to Yorkshire which marries art, through its very own art gallery, and great music like nowhere else. Eighteen years later we’re going to do just that and put Scarborough on the festival map,” said Levack.

A key location on the new Tour de Yorkshire cycle race, Scarborough has always been a popular seaside destination and in 2016 will fill a gap on the festival map by welcoming up to 8,000 art and music fans to its various stages.