Arts programme announced!! Our picks below...
Head over to our Arts page to check out all our comedy, shows, literary, spoken word and cinema content for 2014.
Scarborough born Paul Tonkinson gleefully describes himself as a 'professional northerner'. He recently appeared on
Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow BBC1 and Comic Relief does Fame Academy BBC1, but is perhaps best known
for his work presenting on The Big Breakfast Channel 4, The Sunday Show BBC2 and XFM. He was winner of the 1992 Time Out
New Act of the Year Award and was Time Out Stand Up Comic of the Year in 1997 and remains one of the country's best exponents
of stand up comedy.
The Fallen On The Fall
Ever wondered what it's like to be dumped out of a Transit van in a Swedish forest or find yourself in the middle of a
mass punch-up onstage? Anyone who has played in The Fall would know. This unique panel assembles four generations of former
Fall musicians - Steve and Paul Hanley, Mile Leigh and 'Funky' Si Wolstencroft - and discusses life in and out of Mark E.
Smith's legendary John Peel favourites. Compered by Dave Simpson, whose own acclaimed, revelation-packed book The Fallen was
burned by Mark E. Smith.
Racing Minds are a critically acclaimed UK-based improv comedy quintet. They sold out Edinburgh in 2013 and we were there.
They are performing 3 improv shows over the weekend.
"Script-less brilliance, crowd captivated from start to finish, what more can I say? We reviewers are guilty of overusing
certain buzzwords: 'chemistry', 'great delivery', and 'entertainment value' – you know the ones I mean. This show ticks every
one of those boxes." ★★★★★ Three Weeks
We are massive fans of music and the arts in general, and we all have kids. We have
over the years got increasingly fed up with paying a small fortune to get our families
into various festivals only to be disappointed in the music or in the entertainment,
facilities and vibe for the sprogs. The Deer Shed Festival is our long considered
response to this. Kids are not second class citizens at DSF.
However, we will not compromise on what's on just because we are 'family friendly'.
If you don't have children to bring along you will still find a lovely chilled atmosphere
in which to enjoy a great weekend.
Have a look at our music, arts,
science and workshops programme and how
we look after families.
Our theme for Deer Shed Festival 5 - Time Travel
Sky At Night, Monsters, Machines and now Time Travel - undoubtedly our most ambitious theme to date -
we're having a Time Travel Party to celebrate.
A Time Travel Party is like any other party, with music and nibbles, except that you invite time travellers from the future
to attend as well as guests from 2014. You can't expect time travellers from the past to turn up because time travel hasn't
been invented - this time travelling thing can mess with your head!
Of course inviting time travellers from the future isn't an exact science but as a starting point the invitation itself has to
persist until time travel is possible. With this in mind we have decided to get the invitation above engraved into a brass plaque which
we intend to firmly secure to the obelisk in Baldersby Park. We hope that it will be discovered at some point
in the future when time travel is as common as a trip to the supermarket.
However, we're not sure that the invitation alone will convince the time travellers. You have to imagine you are a time-travel-agent,
why come to 2014 and not some other year? So we've decided to have an enormous pan-dimensional shout-out to further encourage time
travellers and so built a website, www.timetravelparty.com,
where people can submit a photo or an image that is dear to their heart. We hope that this mass emotional offering will somehow arch
across time and strike a chord.
So far people have submitted all sorts of imagery to the site – from favourite childhood holidays to a pair of old goalkeeping gloves,
and the comments accompanying each picture are suitably heart-warming.
Why not head over to www.timetravelparty.com and submit
something to the cause? Of course if you want to meet the time travellers in person then it sounds like Deer Shed Festival 5 might
be the best place to do it.
Featured gubbins from this year's science page...
Learn to solder
Now here is a life skill that's worth pursuing. Learn to solder in a safe controlled environment with loads of help on
hand if you come unstuck. It's about empowerment, isn't it - don't let technology rule you, get in there and fix it up yourself.
The Frenchman that brought you the cybernetic parrot sausage returns. If there was such a thing as
a rockstar maker, Paul is it. This year he'll be doing, amongst other things, the technology inspired song
and dance routine that he didn't have time for last year. Don't miss!
Teesside Uni - Forensics
We welcome the return of Teesside University. This year staff and students will be running a series of forensic workshops.
There will no doubt be lots of crime to solve and fingerprints to match. Alternatively, learn how to leave no trace at your next bank heist.
...and some workshop highlights too
Make a small castle
If Darth Vader was pretending to be a black knight on a white horse he'd live in a castle much like this, obviously.
We've got loads of these small boxes which when suitably arranged with other bits and pieces of recycled stuff can,
given some patience, make a great small castle.
Augmentation is of course the way of the future and soft toys will not be exempt. Bring your favourite (or perhaps least favourite!)
soft buddy to the festival for an upgrade. This workshop will tie in with Madlab in the science tent where you can solder up your own electronic
Also known as knitting with only one stick with a nook on it. Once you have got the hang of it you could join one of our yarn-bombing teams
who are going to be making cozies for all sorts of things onsite including our festival piano. Or make something for yourself.
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Various shots from various years and of course, so far, rain free :)
Some festival reviews
The Guardian (from 2011)
As children tired and news spread about Amy Winehouse, I Am Kloot's stunning songs
of 'drinking and disaster' sound ever-more mournful underneath the stars. When an
otherwise chirpy John Bramwell dedicated an almost unbearably sad I Still Do to
the departed singer, he provided something that seemed unthinkable at 2pm: the Deer
Shed moment - -
God Is In the TV (from 2013)
"And these are the very emotions with which you leave Baldersby Park, reflecting on what
has been a nigh on perfect occasion. For many Deer Shed traditionalists this year's structural
changes may mean that they will bemoan the loss of the buildings which gave the festival its name.
They may also speak of the festival's shift away from its local roots towards a more expansive corporate
identity. But the truth is that in this particular instance bigger is undoubtedly better and Deer Shed's
gradual evolution has been successfully achieved without losing any of its inherent warmth or intimacy" -
Efestivals (from 2013)
"Deer Shed is jam packed with quality. The organisers have clearly given much thought to what all members of the family
will want within a festival and have gone a considerable way to delivering that. The science of family friendly festivals
is being preserved in North Yorkshire. If you have a child under 10 then this should be a must-do on your festival list.
If you simply want a weekend full of quality entertainment, then it should definitely be considered" -
What To Do With The Kids (from 2013)
"And most importantly, Deer Shed creates a space where children, tweens and teens can be introduced to festivals, make
new friends, have an amazing time and be safe, while parents, aunts and uncles and grandparents can enjoy themselves as
adults, listen to bands, have a few drinks, and have a rest from being the entertainers themselves. Deer Shed, you’ve created
the perfect balance. We love you, and will be back next year" -
There Goes The Fear (from 2013)
"It was a moment that summed up the entire ethos of Deer Shed Festival: do something fun; do it well; do it with
the unselfconscious devotion of a child. And if it involves putting a cardboard box on one's head and pretending
to be a robot, so much the better" - full review
Clash Magazine (from 2013)
"(Willy) Mason is a fine vintage that just gets better and better. As will Deer Shed, especially if you’ve got
sprogs to entertain" - full review
From MACHINES to SCIENCE
After the success of our MACHINES tent last year we immediately decided that SCIENCE should now and forever form an
integral part of the festival. So for Deer Shed Festival 5 Time Travel you can expect exciting science workshops using
the technology of the past as well as our take upon scientific discoveries yet to be.
Anthologies - Deer Shed Festival Sessions
Filmed by Anthologies during the festival this year, The Unthanks performing 'The Magpie'. Pretty special.
Additionally here's Edwyn Collins performing 'Understated' with his boys.
We are delighted to have Nordic Giants this year. They have very sweetly made us a promo video to celebrate.
Human Machine by Johnny White
Last year we invited kinetic sculptor Johnny White to build us a machine, which turned out to be rather spectacular...
What is the festival like?
This year it was like this...
And this is what we had on...
What do our audience say about us?
Andy Tattersall You can be very proud for making a truly affordable, fun,
friendly, sunny, happy, diverse, brilliant festival. Already counting down the days
Wendy Martin ..it was just nothing short of brilliant..was the best weekend
in years and i for one cant stop talking about it and have at least 8 people who
want to come with us next year..take a moment to take some praise because you and
the team deserve it.
Richard Bentley Well done Oliver and team - you have come up with an amazing
event and your vision, hard work, and obvious detailed planning is very much admired
and appreciated by us Bentleys. See you next year...
We have 30 more buckets full of Facebook audience feedback here
Like all festivals we need keen volunteers of all ages in order to run smoothly.
In exchange for working 7 hours over the weekend you will receive free
entry to the festival. We need general volunteers to work parking cars, as campsite
wardens, litter picking, welfare team members and helping out with family workshops.
Of course if you have a special skill, let us know. 18+ only please. Now booking for DSF5, email
Food and Drink
What the whole festival experience is surely all about, sampling the wares of each food stall. We have invited back
the best of 2013 and are hunting down some new exciting food providers for 2014. We'll have something for everyone,
meat lovers, veggies and dare we say it, fussy eaters. By popular request we have added an extra pizza vendor too.
Why not be social and join us below?
Camping at Deer Shed Festival
Despite being home to a sea of family tents you will enjoy plenty of camping space
at Baldersby Park. It is a beautiful place to spend a weekend under canvas. If you have a campervan, caravan
or trailer tent we have a nice spot for you too.
But I can't be buffed putting up a tent option
Black Dog Tipis will lend you a lovely tipi or a lotus tent. Snug.
This year we have two different onsite glamping options...
Tipis, back by popular demand these structures keep you cool by day and warm by night. Built in the North American tradition, they
provide a great living room and base camp to enjoy the festival in between gigs or before the music starts! Prices starting from
Alternatively, Lotus Tents. This beautiful luxurious and airy home from home is a 4m paradise, providing a light and spacious
festival base. The two windows have blinds and there is almost 3m of headroom in the central area. Prices starting from £395 (furnished)