6th November, 2017

The region’s most eclectic music festival…

…is on a roll, having already responded to demand by adding an extra day in 2018.

The organisers of Stage4Beverley have done it again with news the 2018 festival event will now stretch over five days. The festival will once again be based at Beverley’s East Riding Theatre, taking over the theatre from February 14th to the 18th 2018,

Holy Moly and The Crackers at Beverley Music Festival

Pictured: The group Holy Moly and The Crackers are just one of Stage4Beverley’s performers in 2018...

With a line-up bridging diverse musical genres, from folk to blues, jazz to classical, Americana to world music and more. Tickets are now on sale for all the concerts via the ERT box office, either by calling in in person, by ringing 01482 874050 or visiting www.eastridingtheatre.co.uk

Highlights of the festival are many and various with Ian McMillan and Luke Carver Goss launching the event on Wednesday February 14th, promising a hilarious night of words, music and improvisation, featuring stories, songs and a musical created out of thin air!

Ian McMillan is known nationally as a pundit on Newsnight Review, as English National Opera’s poet-in-residence and as the approachable and fanatical presenter of BBC Radio 3’s highly popular spoken word program The Verb. Having lived in Barnsley since his birth in 1956, McMillan has numerous claims to fame, including being poet-in-residence of Barnsley Football Club.

Luke Carver Goss is a composer/performer who writes for unusual and regular instrumental combinations. His music includes commissions for BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Cultural Olympiad, and for festivals and concerts up and down the UK.

A high spot is sure to be the appearance of John Tams and Barry Coope on Thursday February 15th - John being the multi award-winning composer of music for the hit stage show War Horse and the TV series Sharpe, in which he also acted.

Other newly-added names to Stage4 Beverley’s 2018 festival include Chris Difford, co-founder of Squeeze, who’s made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Tempted’. Chris will be appearing at East Riding Theatre on Saturday evening, February 17th, alongside Mercury Music Prize nominated Kathryn Williams. They will come together to perform some of their most well-known songs in a concert entitled “A Songwriters Union”.

Earlier, on the Saturday afternoon, there’s a unique collaboration on stage between one of the UK’s most acclaimed and popular crime writers, Mark Billingham, and the duo My Darling Clementine, who are one of the leading lights of the British Americana/country music scene, having to date released two highly-acclaimed albums. Together they present a unique collaboration of words and music, telling moving tales of grief and heartbreak, lust, murder and domestic horror.

Previous artists already announced for Stage4Beverley include Richard Digance (Friday night), folk trio Granny’s Attic and bluegrass and folk act The Carrivick Sisters (Saturday afternoon), the classical Westwood Quartet (Sunday morning), jazz diva Claire Martin (Sunday afternoon), and the ever-popular band Holy Moly and The Crackers, who will be closing the festival on the Sunday night.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights there will also be a Late-Night Festival Club in the theatre’s cafe bar with festival artists and surprise guests.

For further information, the full programme and to sign up to the festival’s mailing list visit www.stage4beverley.com or email

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