Nestled in the picturesque, Ribble Valley in Lancashire, England, lies a music festival unlike any other. Beat-Herder festival takes place each July, has been attracting music lovers from all over the UK and beyond since its inception in 2006. With its eclectic lineup of artists, stunning location, and quirky, immersive atmosphere, Beat-Herder has become a must-attend event for anyone looking for a truly unique festival experience.
The festival takes place over four days - 13th-16th July- and features over 20 stages and areas, each with its own distinct vibe and musical style. From the main stage, which hosts some of the biggest names in electronic and indie music, to the Toil Trees, an Enchanted Forest filled with secret stages and hidden surprises, there's always something new and exciting to discover at Beat-Herder.
One of the most striking things about this festival is the attention to detail that goes into every aspect of the festival. The site is filled with immersive art installations, from giant metal sculptures to interactive light shows. Everywhere you look, there's something to capture your imagination and transport you to another world.
But it's not just the art and music that make Beat-Herder so special – it's the community that the festival has built over the years. From the friendly security staff to the festival-goers themselves, there's a sense of camaraderie and inclusivity that permeates every aspect of the event. Whether you're a seasoned festival veteran or a first-timer, you're sure to feel at home at Beat-Herder.
Of course, the music is still the main attraction, and Beat-Herder never disappoints on that front. The festival's lineup features a mix of established acts and up-and-coming artists from a variety of genres. This year 2023, there's something for everyone at Beat-Herder - let's take a look:
Beat-Herder festival is all set to kick off with a diverse line-up of global icons, up-and-coming talent, and party-starters. On Thursday, the Toil Trees stage will be headlined by Eats Everything, the UK electronic music institution, along with Scottish DJ duo LF System, Techno artist Hannah Laing, and house music legends K-Klass. Meanwhile, Trash Manor will feature the Afro-psychedelic future pop DJs BCUC, and Smoky Tentacles will have Bristol hip-hop artist Dr Syntax entertaining the crowd. Fans of DnB and jungle beats can head to The Garage, Julie's Barn, Hotel California, and the Parish Church for an unforgettable experience.
The main weekend promises to be just as exciting, with the legendary drum & bass rock band Pendulum headlining the Beat-Herder stage. Joining them is Alison Goldfrapp, who launched her solo career in 2023 with the new single "Digging Deeper", and Confidence Man, whose new album TILT was named by MOJO as "the feel-good hit album of 2022". Other acts include Bradford trio Bad Boy Chiller Crew, British drum n bass legend DJ Wilkinson, as well as electro-dance-pop DJ Piri, and viral hitmaker Venbee leading the British drum 'n' bass renaissance.
In addition to these big names, festival-goers can look forward to performances by Dub Pistols, one of the most beloved electronic bands in the industry, Bristol MC Gardna, and the American hip-hop trio Jungle Brothers, among others. Horace Andy, the reggae icon who is known for his sweet voice, will also be playing with his full band Dub Asante Band. English rock band Peter Hook and The Light, formed by post-punk band Joy Division's bass guitarist/vocalist Peter Hook, will also be making an appearance. With such a diverse range of musical acts, the Beat-Herder festival is sure to be an unforgettable experience for all those who attend.
Let's not forget Sherelle, who is also confirmed alongside Shermanology which we will be at the front for! My Nu Leng and Dread MC will be celebrating 10 years of UK underground dance music as well as stylist turned DJ Gok Wan, who’ll bring uplifting club beats alongside the much-loved Airwolf Paradise, whose ‘Don’t Hurt Me Baby’ was one of the biggest tracks of 2022. No matter your taste in music, there's something everyone can enjoy!
But it's not just about the big names – one of the best things about Beat-Herder is discovering new music and artists that you might not have heard of before. With so many stages and areas to explore, it's easy to stumble upon a hidden gem or two.
The festival prides itself on its locally sourced, organic food options, with vendors offering everything from wood-fired pizzas to vegan burgers to fresh smoothies. There's also a wide range of craft beers, ciders, and cocktails to choose from, making it easy to find the perfect drink to pair with your meal.
Overall, Beat-Herder Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that's not to be missed. With its immersive atmosphere, eclectic lineup, and friendly community, it's a festival that truly has something for everyone. Whether you're a music lover, an art enthusiast, or just looking for a weekend of fun and adventure, Beat-Herder is sure to exceed your expectations.
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