Stainsby Festival is a weekend of surprises

Entertainment has been as surprising as the weather at this weekend’s Stainsby Festival.

Street theatre in the middle of a field, a competitor in the singing competition strumming an African instrument called a cora and Saturday night headliners Elbow Jane playing a Joni Mitchell Christmas song in the height of summer.

The campsite at Stainsby Festival 2013

The campsite at Stainsby Festival 2013

After the blazing hot start to the festival on Friday evenng, the cloud and wind of Saturday made the night seem unseasonably cold so much so that guitarist Paul Downes asked the audience: “Do you feel more at home now winter’s returned?”

Revellers soon warmed up as the night’s hot favourite, The Hut People, spurred them into dancing like Morris men waving shirts, hankies and anything else they could get their hands on. This was the performance of the evening - and well worth a look if you’re heading for Stainsby Festival today (Sunday, July 21) when The Hut People will unleashing their percussive powers.