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PHOTOS: Moonbeams music festival

After an absence of three years, Moonbeams Festival made a welcome return to the Wold Top Brewery for a wonderful weekend of music, laughter and Moonbeams magic.

Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Wold Top Brewery at Wold Newton, the festival held on Friday and Saturday has been described by critics as “one of the country’s best kept secrets!”

Blessed with good weather, music lovers enjoyed the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a weekend of world class folk music.

The weekend’s line up featured some of the most acclaimed folk and acoustic bands including Moonbeams patrons Skerryvore, Talisk, Jigjam, Lasso the Moon, as well as local favourites including Edwina Hayes, Nick Rooke, Andy Stones and many more.

Moonbeams organiser Leila Cooper said it had been another perfect weekend.

She said: “It was a wonderful weekend and after three years without having Moonbeams magic, it was lovely to be able to gather again with some amazing people.

“We had people who came from as far away as Shetland and Brighton to experience the magical weekend.

“It was lovely to have Moonbeams patrons Skerryvore come back for this special year and they were amazing on the Friday night and the Moonbeams audience just love that band.

“Skerryvore will be performing at Bridlington Spa in November for a special Moonbeams event.

“Saturday started with a guided walk and yoga and it was just a lovely, relaxed day and people really enjoyed the atmosphere and the fantastic music throughout the day.

“I have had such lovely feedback and it was just another beautiful weekend with very special friends and a lovely sparkle.”

Moonbeams hosts a series of relaxed music events throughout the year, from the legendary summer Moonbeams Festival, to a series of top-quality music nights at venues such as Bridlington Spa and Highfield House, as well as appearances at a host of folk festivals.

It all began in 2007 when Moonbeams organiser Leila Cooper invited Chris Helme, former frontman of the Seahorses, to come and play in Driffield, and even adopted the name Moonbeams from the title of one of his songs.

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