Legendary electronic type, and all round good egg, Gary Cobain, will be switching on minds for an early afternoon 3 hour psychedelic experience from midday on the Saturday. This is an opportunity to get yourselves up and out of bed (or stay up a bit longer) and be part of the most serene and surreal time to be had in the woods to date.
Now in its fourth year, the Beat-Herder Festival (3rd, 4th, 5th July) is set in beautiful woods and farmland beneath Pendle Hill and overlooks the 3 Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales. At a capacity of only 5000, it is a unique, intimate, and friendly experience, spiced with artistry, the best music, and theatrical nonsense.
Formerly a best-kept secret, Beat-Herder is smaller version of events such as Bestival and Glastonbury. 2009’s early bird tickets sold out in 3 hours, 20 minutes. Tickets are only available from the Beat-Herder website.
The festival is fully independent and self funded, building on work from over the last 10 years and its origins as a free party within the Northern scene. It remains a DIY ‘handmade’ production, helped by the input of friends and volunteers. Split into four areas, the Main Arena, Lazy Way, Toil Trees, and the Lazy Meadow, within these are eight musical pockets, numerous cafes and bars (4am licence). Food and drink (including alcohol) can also be brought onto the site.
The musical talent this year ranges from Reverend And The Makers, The Whip, Beardyman, The Filthy Dukes, Utah Saints, Banco De Gaia, and the Dub Pistols, to 808 State DJs, Krysko, James Yuill and many more.
In addition, the event’s reputation for art, theatre and spectacle continues, via installations and wacky props. There’s Mikey’s Tea Shack, a rustic building situated within the woodland. A secret room in the woods accessed by a long tunnel, a vodka bar that requires thirsty people to lie on their bellies to be served, a trick or treat booth, and beyond. Artists include Paul Hitchen and Hugh Jart (Glasto and Bestival letter creators), graffiti crews such as Bestjoinedup, the Mutoid Waste Company, costumed acts, stilt-walkers, the Ladybird Project kids area, a techno barber, workshops for all ages, comedians, and much more (please see the full line-up below).
Beat-Herder’s organisers (including builders, joiners, plumbers, gardeners and electricians) stick rigidly to an eco-friendly and green ethos, recycling reclaimed timber, materials from house clearances, donations, and skips to build the site infrastructure and the many ‘objects’ and sculptures that are a unique feature of the festival. These include a cube that holds a 36 ft maze, the shower blocks, the VJ booth, an underground bar, and many more. In addition, each artist performer receives a handmade flower box, with plants grown from seed and their logo painted onto it.
To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets enter the competition below:
Reverend and The Makers
Banco De Gaia
Biscuit Head and The Biscuit Badgers (comedy musicians)
Voodoo Trombone Quartet
Woods 'Toil Trees':
Sugarbeat Club ft Utah Saints, Meat Katie, Ali B, Toni Jarvis, Mooquie
Punks Jump Up
808 State Djs
Men in Masks
James Yuill - LIVE!!
Toil Soundsystem DJ's
Tilley & Killawattz
Underground Roots featuring Bongo chilli and Danman
Dead Silence and The Real DS
DJ Baliuk + RMKO (Ukraine)
Shean P (Disconotdisco/BBE)
Trailer Trash DJ’s
Live film re-score by Animat
Smokey Tentacles Shisha Lounge:
The Hang Project
Lewis Garland and The Kett Rebellion
The Beat-Herder and District Working Mens Club:
Captain Hotknives - (Comedy musician)
The Eggs On Sticks Theatre Company
Eddie Earthquake and The Tremors
One Love (Lancaster)