North Yorkshire’s Deer Shed Festival have shared a bumper line up announcement for this summer’s thirteenth edition, including stand up stars and first comedy headliners Phil Wang, Bridget Christie, Mawaan Rizwan & Fern Brady.
A renowned family-friendly event with an inclusive, contemporary cultural programme; the family-owned, independent festival have announced much of their Big Top programme with a host of stellar stand-up names and exciting new voices in comedy as well as film screenings, fantastic theatre, acclaimed shows and amazing experiences for all ages.
Joining Phil Wang, Bridget Christie & Fern Brady on the Big Top stage this summer are familiar faces such as northern funny man Brennan Reece, fresh off the back of his latest Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Everything’; Best Show nominee at last year’s Fringe Lauren Pattison, nominee for best show at the Channel 4 National Comedy Awards Amy Gledhill plus everyone’s favourite oddball, object comedian Spencer Jones.
A long-time supporter of the UK’s grassroots comedy scene, Deer Shed has become a vital platform for showcasing emerging comic talent and this year’s festival is no exception. Included in today’s announcement are up and coming comic Emmanuel Sonubi, who rightfully earned a Best Newcomer nominee for his debut show at last year’s Fringe; one-liner wonder and winner of Chortle’s Best Northern MC Hayley Ellis as well as innovative, concept comedy from the likes of musical comedy maestro Jazz Emu and the pioneering potato puppeteer Freddie Hayes as Potatohead.
On top of comedy, the Big Top will also play host to a range of award-winning shows including Jon Robertson’s real life, text-based adventure game, The Dark Room; innovative, interactive comedy with a technological twist from Fox Dog Studios and a one-of-a-kind show from Leeds’ own Hip-Hop polymath; the MC, writer and record-breaking beatboxer, Testament.
These acts and more join an already impressive music lineup headlined by the cosmic jazz of The Comet Is Coming, Public Service Broadcasting’s audio-visual cinematic spectacle and Glasgow indie legends The Delgados, newly reformed after seventeen years.
While music and comedy remain at the heart of Deer Shed, the festival’s Science Tent, Feral Farm, Wilderwild, Workshops, Literature & Spoken Word Stage, Under 5’s activities, curated food vendors, Film Screenings, Outdoor Theatre, Crafts, Wellbeing Activities, Outdoor Arts and Sports Field will all be making a welcome return in 2023.
A three-day wonderland of community and creativity that spotlights contemporary musical and cultural curation, Deer Shed is an event carefully designed to be a brilliant experience for all ages; a festival for everyone – families, friends and fans.
Deer Shed 13 will take place on 28-31 July 2023 at Baldersby Park, North Yorkshire – tickets are on sale now.