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If you thought Beverley Folk Festival’s just about music, think again.

The award-winning event, which moved to its new location at Beverley Racecourse last year, also has a history of serving up top-drawer comedy. And 2014 proves to be no exception with three of the best known and best loved artists performing over the weekend of June 20th – 22nd – Mitch Benn; Sean Hughes and John Hegley.

Described by The Times as “the country’s leading satirist,” Mitch Benn (Friday June 20th) is a regular writer and performer on The Now Show (BBC Radio 4) and It’s Been a Bad Week (BBC Radio 2). Three series of his successful Radio 4 show, Mitch’s Crimes Against Music have been broadcast so far.

Despite a nine-year break from performing stand-up, Sean Hughes (Saturday June 21st) was voted No. 40 in Channel 4′s ‘World’s 100 Greatest Comedians’ poll. Best-known to TV audiences for his long-running stint as team captain on the panel show Never Mind The Buzzcocks and acclaimed drama The Last Detective, his equally wide-ranging film and theatre career includes starring roles in the film adaptation of Spike Milligan’s Puckoon and, with Sienna Miller on the West End stage, in As You Like It.

John Hegley (Sunday June 22nd) is an Edinburgh festival regular. He has produced material about dog hair, potatoes and handkerchiefs in a philosophical framework.

He performed on the streets of London in the early eighties, fronting the Popticians with whom he also recorded two sessions for John Peel. He has since performed his words sung and spoken across the network for BBC radio, as well as producing 10 books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug!

The comedy line-up adds to what is already shaping up to be a great year for Beverley Folk Festival, which was recently named as a “Remarkable Tourism Event” in the 2014 REYTA Awards (Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards) , and shortlisted for Best Family Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2013.

With a series of ticket options for the full weekend or individual events, Beverley is a local festival with national and international appeal set in a family-friendly environment with plenty to keep visitors of all ages entertained.

For information and tickets:  www.beverleyfestival.com   Tel: 01377 217569

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