Castle based entertainment anyone?

Less well known than some but packed full of quality, Behind the Castle is Dorset’s hidden gem of a festival

Sometimes you just fancy a day out listening to great music. Sometimes you want a day of castle based enjoyment and Behind the Castle scores on both counts.

Held in the impressive surroundings of Sherborne Castle this one day festival has announced an intriguing line up.

Having just released the album of their career in the shape of Modern Blues, The Waterboys bring their swirling, heady blend of folk, rock, blues and soul to headline the day.

Across the day there are 17 acts planned across three stages and as festival Director Ian Lyster says “The aim is to present a full day of the finest music on an incredible site with an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere. The one-day format, with or without overnight camping, offers the chance to soak up a real music festival atmosphere without the need for taking weekday holidays.”

Which is handy because the way things are going I won't have any holiday left to take by the time we get to June.

Also appearing are British acoustic roots force Show of Hands, whose critically acclaimed album Centenary: Words and Music of the Great War provided a poignant soundtrack to last year’s commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, American roots rock duo Larkin Poe, chart topping festival favourites Nizlopi, Chart topping festival favourites Nizlopi, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin and indie-folk darlings Moulettes.

There's the usual array of trade stalls and food. I expect there may be beer. All in all a good day out for only £46 or £55 with camping.

Photo:Harry Scott

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