Beat Herder is a festival like no other. Described as ‘the birthday party your parents wouldn’t let you have,’ and designed to step away from the corporate grind; this fantastical festival experience is a journey down the rabbit hole and out into another dimension. What awaits you is ridiculousness, reckless abandon and a shit load of rolicking good times. It’s a Reggae-tastic, leafy green, badger laden wonderland. This is my kinda wonderland.
Nestled in a scenic valley in the heart of the Lancashire countryside, the site encompasses rolling hills, stone circles, fire pits, a network of secret underground tunnels accessed through telephone boxes, a built-to-scale, fully functioning Victorian Street (yes, really) 10 feet high wicker foxes, giant lizards, a church (for worshiping Disco) and dozens of secret stages and sound systems. All of this is lovingly crafted, by hand, over the course of 12 months.
Sounds magical ey? That’s because it bloody well is. Last year the festival received an absolute plethora of good reviewage, Festivals For All gushed “Simply marvelous. Although small in size, Beat-Herder is a MASSIVE festival. Massive in atmosphere, massive in quality, massive in pure unadulterated vibe. Beat-Herder is up there with the best. No wonder it was a sell out well before the start.” Well deserved praise at that, I mean, how many festivals have you hand crafted this year?
Aside from the mind blowing design, talking badgers and secret underground tunnels; Beat Herder also boasts an absolute piss take of a line up. Groove Armada, Booka Shade, Jimmy Cliff, Roni Size and Kissy Sell Out are so far confirmed to join the madness. London Duo, Public Service Broadcasting are also penciled in for some banjo-tastic, Dads army style, very bladdy English, samply goodness.
Nabbing the coveted headline slot for The Working Mens’ Club this year are Doctor And The Medics, the London based psychedelic rock band who emerged in the 80s with classic hits such as ‘Spirit in the Sky’. This. Will. Be. EPIC.
Tickets to this ludicrous cacophony of wonderment are available HERE at the bargain price of £105. Being half the size of a fully grown human, children’s tickets cost a mere £20. Babies are invited to rave for free. Cars cost £8, but they aren’t allowed to rave, and Campervans can stay for £18.
Beat Herder Festival
5 – 7 July 2013
The Ribble Valley, Lancashire
For more info click HERE
PISS-TAKE LINE UP. S’ REAL GOOD.
JIMMY CLIFF, BOOKA SHADE LIVE, NORMAN JAY MBE, JAGUAR SKILLS, STANTON WARRIORS, MISTAJAM, CLEAN BANDIT, KORMAC’S BIG BAND, MR SCRUFF, GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB
SLAMBOREE, PRINCE FATTY FT. THE HORSEMAN, SHARAM JEY, THE OTHER TRIBE, ROOSEVELT, TOY, EDU IMBERNON, JUSTIN ROBERTSON, ELITE FORCE, JON CARTER, UTAH SAINTS, RENNIE PILGREM, SUNS OF ARQA, SHEPDOG, MR BENN, DAN CROLL, JOE DRISCOLL & SEKOU KOUYATE, CUT LA ROC, ONLY JOE, BARRY ASHWORTH, BEANS ON TOAST
BENTLEY RHYTHM ACE DJ SET, CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES, RUSS CUBAN, MONSTER CEILDH BAND, MOOQEE, VELVET STREAM, GEORGE EZRA, TOO MANY T’S, CLUB SMITH, EXTRA CIRRICULAR, TONI JARVIS, THE LANCASHIRE HOTPOTS ACOUSTIC CONQUISTADOR, DUTTY MOONSHINE, EDDIE EARTHQUAKE & THE TREMORS, THE RESONATORS
WOLFIE ELECTROSWING, RUM JIG, ED STONES & THE BD3, FOXES FAUX, CORPORATE TRAMPS, JAMES KELLY, AGE OF GLASS, ANDY CAPS FUNKY DISCO, FIRE BENEATH THE SEA, PEPPER JAM, EMMOTT & THE FOLKESTRA
THE BAR STEWARD, GRITTY BRITAIN, SONS OF VAL DOONICAN, WOODEN MACHINE, LOVE EM TOUCH EM SQUEEZE EM, SKINNY DJ, THE YORKSHIRE PUDDINGS, NANA MOON, BREAKBEATROOT, MISS MCQ