One of the stars from two recent blockbuster series will be appearing at a South Yorkshire music festival in July.
Natalia Tena, who plays the character of Tonks in the Harry Potter films and Osha in HBO’s Game of Thrones, is the lead singer with tropical, gypsy, dance group Molotov Jukebox.
The group will be appearing at the Underneath the Stars Festival, at Cannon Hall Farm in Cawthorne, alongside US songwriting legend Mary Chapin Carpenter and Barnsley-based international singer-songwriter Kate Rusby.
The festival, which runs from 24th-26th July, is being organised by Kate Rusby with her sister Emma and brother Joe.
Molotov Jukebox, who will be playing on Sunday 26th July, is billed as an explosive London-based six-piece band with a totally original sound and style. The group released its debut album, Carnival Flower, in 2014 and has been touring the UK and Europe ever since. They most recently returned from a tour of Mexico and are now hard at work on their next studio album. Natalia Tena fronts the band with her sultry lead vocals and accordion, backed by gypsy violin, Latin trumpet and a pounding rhythm section.
Underneath the Stars festival director Joe Rusby said: “It’s great to be able to attract stars like Natalia and the sensational Molotov Jukebox to our festival.
“They have a unique and irresistible tropical, gypsy, dance flavour which never fails to get people moving and shaking. They’ve been wowing audiences across Europe and South America and have a loyal fan base which has nicknamed their style as ‘Gyp-step’.”
Underneath the Stars aims to showcase an eclectic mix of music including folk, swing, jazz, rock and roll, blues and world music as well as provide arts, crafts and cultural activities, with artisan food from local suppliers in a family-friendly setting.
The festival line-up for 2015 also includes scots chanteuse Eddi Reader, formerly of Fairground Attraction; Philip Selway (Radiohead) in an intimate singer-songwriter setting; Sheffield’s legendary guitar maestro Martin Simpson; US old-time music genius Bruce Molsky; cheeky North East trio The Young’Uns; Bristol based vintage-swing fusion outfit Electric Swing Circus; Leeds-based eclectic six piece Hope and Social, Galleon Blast featuring BBC Radio presenter Mark Radcliffe, plus many more. Kate Rusby will perform on Sunday 26th too.
To accompany the music, Underneath the Stars will feature a giant planetarium dome, creative crafts, storytelling and vintage fairground rides, plus music and dance workshops and artisan craft traders. Food and drink will be provided by Yorkshire-based producers and sellers.
Last year’s event attracted around 8,000 people over three days, and this year organisers have increased the festival’s capacity to entertain 15,000 people over the weekend.
Underneath the Stars is organised by the Rusbys in close collaboration with Cannon Hall Farm owners, the Nicholson family, and takes place across three fields of Yorkshire farmland beside the popular farm visitor attraction – which will be open as usual during the festival.