With a name that is famous through the annals of social gatherings and cultural history, Scarborough Fair is the newest addition to the UK’s arts and music festival calendar. The inaugural event will be held over this year’s Spring Bank Holiday weekend. Located on Redcliffe Farm – on the North Sea coast just below Scarborough – the festival site will offer the most spectacular of views across Cayton Bay.
Equally stunning is the news of Scarborough Fair’s first two headline acts. They are those grand purveyors of progressive pop Everything Everything and London’s soul-jazz songstress and the woman whose living room famously played host to Prince’s comeback gig two years ago, Lianne La Havas
They will be joined in North Yorkshire over the last weekend in May by Public Service Broadcasting, whose live experience sees the London due gloriously enmesh archive film footage, guitars and electronics; Submotion Orchestra and their intoxicating fusion of electronica, jazz, dub and soul; and that perennial festival favourite and all round good guy, Billy Bragg.
Other musical acts who have already been confirmed for Scarborough Fair include indie-innovators I Am Kloot and Field Music, the Yorkshire jazz singer Clare Teal, plus local folk legends Martin and Eliza Carthy.
And there is much more to Scarborough Festival than just music as a full Art Programme curated by Alice Sharp; Michael Fassbender’s DMC film site hosted by radio DJ Edith Bowman, a Talks Tent curated by writer and musician JS Rafaeli; and an appearance by the Oscar winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley will firmly attest.
With a sculpture trail, installations, a unique pop-up art space and so much more still to be announced, Scarborough Fair promises to be one of the must-see arts and music events of the year.
Full information on Scarborough Fair, including how to buy tickets, can be found here