DEER Shed Festival has signed up the first acts for its ninth incarnation at Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, Thirsk, next summer.

Running from July 20 to 22, this North Yorkshire family festival will play host to Nadine Shah, This Is The Kit, Blaenavon, HMLTD, Dream Wife, Sivu, Warm Digits. AD/DK, Rozi Plain, Whenyoung, Seamus Fogarty, Mush and North Easterners Holy Moly & The Crackers.

Nadine Shah is an increasingly important poetic voice in contemporary British music, much like Deer Shed 8 headliner Kate Tempest. In her own words, the job of her Holiday Destination album was to “humanise the dehumanised through individual stories”. Resonating with the masses far beyond the shores of Whitburn, Shah’s hometown on the Tyneside coastline, the record became one of BBC 6 Music’s Albums of the Year for 2017.

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This Is The Kit's Kate Stables

This Is The Kit, basically an alias for alt-folk singer-songwriter Kate Stables, will return to Baldersby Park after mesmerising Deer Shedders this summer. Stables, in harmony with Laura Marling, Beth Orton and The Staves, embodies the evolving voice of contemporary British folk.

From the humble beginnings of winning their high-school talent contest, Blaenavon have grown up alongside their core fan base. Still a young band, Ben Gregory, Frank Wright and Harris McMillan display artistic maturity beyond their years, as heard in their debut album That’s Your Lot, wherein they explore friendship, sadness, hope, love held and lost and all the confusions of youth.

HMLTD will headline the In The Dock stage, with Deer Shed's promoters believing the South Londoners are "the most exhilarating new live band around". "New romantics, punks, creatures of the night: whatever HMLTD are, they’re absolutely ace," they say.

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Dream Wife write arty, indie bangers that compel anyone in earshot to chant “Dream Wife for life” at the top of their voice. In October, they headlined Stockton's Twisterella Festival, their raucous songs built around their Riot Grrrl roots and DIY ethos.

Deer Shed has been striving to book Sivu for years, and next summer James Page's intricately weaved tapestry of delicate vocals, synths and strings, aligned to evocative lyrics from the Bright Eyes notebook of heartache and tragic restraint, can be heard at Baldersby Park at last.

Warm Digits come armed with synths, electronic basslines and a penchant for syncopation; the Newcastle duo’s latest album, Wireless World, essentially being "social commentary through synthesisers". "Booking Warm Digits has made us all giddy, like the time we booked Field Music," says the organisers.

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AK/DK marry the psychedelia of Clinic and King Gizzard with the disco-in-space electronics of Orbital or Daft Punk; This Is The Kit member Rozi Plain will appear solo too, her experimental folk songs combining dreamy electronic synth riffs and fluttering soundscapes with layered vocals.

Whenyoung are tipped to be a breakthrough act of 2018; Seamus Fogarty gives a London canvas to stories and characters drawn from 21st century urban life, underpinned by electronics and samples of city voices on his album The Curious Hand.

Mush represent the new Leeds wave of noise and alternative rock bands, while Holy Moly & The Crackers promise a hoedown. Meanwhile, James Acaster and master of ceremonies Justin Moorhouse are the first names confirmed for comedy duty.

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