More acts for Northern Sky Festival this autumn

Richard Hawley (left) and Gaz Coombes are headlining the Northern Sky Festival at the Baths Hall in September
Richard Hawley (left) and Gaz Coombes are headlining the Northern Sky Festival at the Baths Hall in September

Three more acts have now been confirmed for the Northern Sky acoustic music festival which will take place a the Baths Hall in September.

Joining headliners Richard Hawley and former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes on the main stage will be John Bramwell from I Am Kloot, Juanita Stein from Howling Bells and John Smith.

Ben Ottewell, of Gomez, will also perform at the event.

And organisers are looking for local acts to grab a chance to get themselves noticed by playing a slot at the festival.

I Am Kloot’s singer-songwriter John Bramwell has previously been nominated for a Mercury prize. With a bag of classic songs and great stories.

His live show brings together poetry, great guitar playing, a beautiful, unique voice and a little chaos.

Having spent more than a decade fronting critically acclaimed Australian band Howling Bells, Juanita Stein is now ready to embark on a journey all of her own.

Working with Gus Seyffert (Beck, Black Keys and Norah Jones) on her first solo record in Los Angeles, the outcome is a dusty and cinematic collection of alt-country tunes.

Juanita has long been inspired by the Americana sound and its origins, and while very much present on her new recordings, so is her trademark moody swagger.

John Smith is an English folk guitarist and singer from Devon.

He has toured Britain, Europe and America extensively, both solo and with artists such as Iron and Wine, James Yorkston, John Martyn, David Gray, Jools Holland, Gil Scott-Heron and Lisa Hannigan (whose records he also plays on).

Richard Hawley will headline the festival on the first night, September 3.

He found success in the 1990s in indie band The Longpigs and then with Pulp before starting a successful solo career which has seen him nominated for a Mercury Music Prize twice and a Brit Awards once.

Singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell will also perform on the main stage on the Saturday.

Ben is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos.

Gaz Coombes will headline the second night of the festival on September 4.

The former singer and guitarist with Supergrass, responsible for songs like Alright, Going Out and Moving, and albums like I Should Coco and In It For The Money, is now the Brit Award and Ivor Novello Award-winning man responsible for, amongst other things, the cover of The Kinks’ This Time Tomorrow for a John Lewis advert earlier this year.

Several more acts are expected to be confirmed across the festival’s three stages in the coming weeks.

Organisers say they are also looking for local acoustic artists and bands to perform at the event.

Any local musicians interested in taking part are invited to submit their own music and selected artists will perform at the festival.

Acts must be willing to perform acoustically – there are no exceptions.

Links to music (hosted on sites such as Facebook, Bandcamp or similar) should be sent with contact details, along with their preferred performance date (September 3 or 4) and a biography to

Please do not send MP3s as attachments and submissions should be made by July 15.

Northern Sky takes place at The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now from the box office on 0844 8542776 or online at