Area 2 Youth Programme

Beverley Folk Festival



Area 2 Youth Programme

The Atom, located in the heart of the Festival Village hosts the festival bar as well as the Moonbeams Sessions, Area2 Youth programme and the famous Late Night Festival Club.



Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in The Atom
7pm to 11pm
Hosted by Sam Pirt (The Hut People) & Jim Molyneux (4 Square, The Old Dance School).

The festival has developed an exciting programme of events dedicated to, and run by, young people. It is a stage for the second generation of singers, musicians, bands that are just coming onto the folk scene, and an area to go and see fresh, vibrant young musicians that are passionate about the music they make.

Featuring music and sessions from some of the finest young musicians in the UK from between the ages of 12 – 25 years, with older visitors welcome to sample their great musical talents! It has gathered a cult following amongst young performers and audiences and is now legendary.

Workshops also take place over the weekend in the main racecourse building.

Prepare to be blown away – will you spot tomorrow’s big names amongst the many talented entertainers who will take to the stage each night.

Here are a few names you may recognise that have taken part in the Area 2 programme in previous years:
Sarah Horn & James Cudworth, Moore, Moss & Rutter, Gentlemen of Few, Sail Pattern, Folkestra, Kimber/Paul and many more!

So if you want to see the stars of the future, come along to Area 2, you will not be disappointed.

“Beverley Festival and in particular Area 2, in my opinion is an absolutely amazing opportunity for young musicians, developing musicians, to come and play here and learn their skills on a smaller stage before they are put on the bigger stage…..You can’t really find that opportunity at many other festivals. Beverley almost uniquely provides that…it’s great.” Jim Molyneux, Area 2 Organiser

Schedule (click on an artist to read more)


Evie Barrand

16 year old singer-songwriter from Market Weighton who began playing guitar at the tender age of eight, then writing her own music at just fourteen. Heavily influenced by the 90’s UK indie scene, particularly Travis and Keane, who have inspired a lot of her songs. Performing with School of Rock at the festival last year, Evie is looking forward to 2017 as a breakthrough year.

Amanda Cook-Booth Malone

17 year old singer-songwriter from Driffield who has been playing for three years, enjoy classic and contemporary songs by famous artists as well as newer on-the-rise bands.

Frankie Turton

Talented multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter. Frankie’s performances and original songs offer heart-felt, real emotions to which we can all relate. Her mixture of catchy self-penned tunes and carefully chosen covers have been captivating audiences across Yorkshire in intimate venues and festivals alike. Frankie also performed at last year’s festival with School of Rock.

Abi Foster

19 year old singer-songwriter forging a name for herself across her native Mid Wales. A popular acoustic act, performing at many live events in 2016, including Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Abi Showcases her vocal talent and ability to tackle everything from upbeat contemporary songs to soulful ballads, offering a refreshing voice and style.

Ben Cook

19 year old singer-songwriter from Beverley who first performed at the festival in 2013 with The Westwood Sessions. Known mostly for busking in Beverley town centre, Ben performs mostly acoustic folk rock music of both original songs and covers of songs by the likes of Jake Bugg, George Ezra and Frank Turner.

Ed & Ollie Goodale

Singer-songwriter Ed, is rapidly establishing himself on the acoustic / roots scene. He lives in a parallel world just to the side of ours with a gift that provides acute observation and interpretation of life that transfers into poetic, thought provoking lyrics and highly mature song crafting that connects with his audience. Playing extensively at gigs and festivals throughout the UK and Europe, his lively set with brother Ollie on percussion draws a crowd to every stage played.



4th Generation

Exciting and lively band which evolved from the young person’s folk music workshops, led by Sophy Ball, at the Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham. Band members have fun playing contemporary and traditional folk music. Enjoying creating original arrangements using a combination of fiddles, flutes, harp and guitars. They certainly hit all the right notes with their audiences!

Elizabeth Pickering

First picked up her guitar at age 13 and hasn’t stopped since. Elizabeth is making a name for herself within the Hull music scene, playing at some of the top local festivals and venues. “Magnetic, soft and familiar”, she has been compared to some of the finest acoustic acts around, as she combines her folk-inspired style with an eclectic mix of quick fire rap, bluesy tones and upbeat tunes.

Grace Smith

Fiddle player, clog dancer and singer based in Newcastle. She loves folk music from a range of styles and traditions, with a particular interest in the traditions of North East England. Having studied on the BMus Folk and Traditional Music Degree at Newcastle University, she has enjoyed playing with several ensembles over the year, including currently with Monster Ceilidh Band and The Rachel Hamer Band.

Fiona Lee

Back on the Area 2 stage this year, an emerging Yorkshire singer-songwriter with a compelling voice which belies her years. Her songs tell tales of teenage life with both innocent simplicity and impressively mature observations. Having taught herself to play guitar, she discovered her true voice at a local acoustic night and continues to play regularly at open mic sessions.

Alex James Ellison

Brighton born singer-songwriter. Alex attended the BRIT School in Croydon before moving to London. 2016 winner of Pride's Got Talent in London, playing to thousands at Pride in London as part of his prize. He also supported Samantha Barks on her UK Tour.

Tilly Moses

19 year old mandolin player and singer-songwriter from York. Tilly’s confident presence onstage, combined with her emotionally raw and honest stripped back songs, have enraptured audiences up and down the country. Tilly will be joined by a stellar lineup of musicians: Finn Collinson, virtuoso recorder player and multi-instrumentalist; Ellie West, haunting flute player; Ella-Joy Hunton, young fiddle player and rising folk star; and Samuel McKie, local guitar player and writer of extraordinary and unusual songs.



School of Rock

Fun loving group of musicians from Goole, East Yorkshire, aged 12 - 18. Their music is a rich mix of folk, soul, jazz, pop and rock. They devise and compose their own music as well as arrangements of their favourites. Getting out on the festival circuit this year, with many of them performers in their own right.

Dan Poole

Taking inspiration from a diverse range of artists, Dan brings a sense of uniqueness to his music. Combining acoustic guitar with subtle humour, a smile is bound to be put on your face when listening to him perform. Whether its songs describing his hatred for time travelling hipsters or a soppy love song, Dan’s lyrics are sure to relate to anyone.

Mina Budworth

A 17 year old singer-songwriter from Beverley. Her covers and original songs, inspired by her experiences and musical influences are melodic, heart-felt and soothing. Her acoustic set lists are a delightful collection of covers, written by a variety of ‘up-and-coming’ artists. Her live performance with guitar has been described as ‘serene’ and ‘perfect’, and has captivated audiences.

Katherine Rice

A 20 year old singer of traditional folk music from Sheffield, occasionally accompanying herself on the guitar or ukulele. She is interested in all aspects of Performing Arts and is involved in Amateur Dramatics, Kathrine also plays the oboe and the recorder.

Sam Arkut

A 23 year old singer-songwriter and acoustic finger-style Guitarist from East Yorkshire, who started learning acoustic guitar at age 15. Sam has supported numerous artists and performed at lots of popular venues and festivals around the UK, as well as several live radio shows. An Open Mic UK 2013 Finalist and Hull Star search Finalist 2012 & 2013.

Zoe Eliza

Zoe has been captivating audiences across the country, with her mournful, yet gritty narratives and haunting voice. Growing up in Bury, she has taken inspiration from her own experiences of life in the North of England and its intriguing history. Combining this with her fascination of folklore, and tales of the land, Zoe creates rich, vivid, and beautiful tales, well beyond her years.


Header Photo Credit: Allan Wilkinson Photography


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