A Glorious Deer Shed
By Lewis Jamieson
Monday 28 Jul 2014 21:40:00
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Three days of glorious sunshine, amazing performances, jaw dropping
surprises and lifelong memories have just come to an end with the final set
from today’s headliner Stornoway at this year’s Deer Shed Festival. Already
recognised as the premiere UK boutique family festival, North Yorkshire’s
gathering surpassed itself this year with a treasure trove of moments to
cherish.

For some the highlight will be Johnny Marr’s career retrospective headline
set on Saturday night seemingly witnessed by the entire site which played
out as a greatest hits tour de force taking in Smiths classics from ‘Panic’
to ‘There Is A Light’, Electronic’s ‘Getting Away With It’ and tracks from
his two solo albums. Others will point to Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip’s
smashing of the Lodge Stage on Friday night which climaxed with a rave
takeover of the arena or Steve Mason’s early evening masterclass on The
Main Stage on Saturday. Those looking to find their new favourite  band
will point to the In The Dock Stage where hotly tipped acts from Wolf Alice
to Paws, Pins to Girl’s Names, Slow Club to Georgia Ruth all staked their
claim to a bigger stage in years to come. With British Sea Power sparking a
bear led pit mosh, Toy psyching out the early evening crowd, Bleech
delivering a mid-afternoon powerhouse of a set and Cate Le Bon ramming the
Lodge Stage prior to Johnny, Deer Shed 5 delivered a music line-up that
spanned the generations and stood as a hallmark of high quality.

Given Deer Shed is by no means all about the music still more will place
their vote on the PG Comedy Line-up, an always popular family choice where
such names as Paul Tonkinson, Boothby Graffoe and Gareth Delaney
re-engineered their sets to exclude the profanities without losing the
laughs.
Literature had its first headline year at Deer Shed and music discussions
were especially popular with Bob Stanley, Miles Hunt and members of The
Fall talking about their loves, hates and experiences in the music world to
standing room only audiences. Heidi Heigh kept things Yorkshire in
discussion with Dave Simpson on the highs and lows of being a lifelong
Leeds United fan whilst Susie Steiner held a lively chat encompassing the
North Yorkshire setting of her debut novel.

Deer Shed 5 had its fair share of surprises. Friday night’s Time Travel
party saw visit of the Travoltians, 10 foot disco aliens whose society (and
hairstyle) is based on the teachings of John Travolta circa ‘Saturday Night
Fever’. Saturday was supposed to deliver more Travoltians but a time vortex
mix up instead delivered mediaeval knights on horseback who proceeded to
host a full scale joust on Sunday lunchtime with the baddy Black Knight
proving an unexpected hit with the kids. Either side of the medieval
madness, the octopus floating in the lake had a lucky escape from our full
scale trebuchet, surviving more than a few salvos.

At the heart of the festival are families. The ever popular science
workshops and activities captivated children of all ages (and the odd
castle building dad!) whilst one of the smallest spaces, The Tipi Tent, was
a constant lock out for its ukulele lessons, story-telling sessions and
singalong gatherings. With the children making everything from princess
costumes to (cardboard) swords and shields, learning to create circuits and
solder or program computers and a field full of culinary delights Deer Shed
5 delivered another memorable weekend for all who came.

We will be back next year, details on early bird tickets will be announced
shortly.



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