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Preview: Beat-Herder Festival

17 June 08 words: Ben Hacking
The third Beat-Herder Festival takes place on the 4th, 5th and 6th July..

Beatherder crowd image - man in horse outfit!

Now in its third year the Beat-Herder Festival takes place on the 4th, 5th and 6th July occupying the sumptuos Lancashire farmland which overlooks the 3 Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales.

Building on work from over the last ten years the fest is fully independent and self funded. This year’s event has a capacity of 5000; making it a nicely intimate show when compared with the usual suspects that will putting on large scale events over the summer season.

One of the organisers Nick says ‘It is an event where you see the same face twice and would like to see them a third. It is a festival based on the petite, and good things come in small packages as they say, Our sole motive is to bring good people together to have a good time in beautiful surroundings’

Dome stage at beatherderLast years acts included a host of Nottingham exports including previous LeftLion inteviewees, Secret Stealth. On the agenda this time round is a dance music emphasis with an impressive array of artists stretching the electronic spectrum. House legends X-press 2 will take the headlining slot, with pioneer Andrew Weatherall (sabres in paradise, Bocca juniors) taking to the decks, alongside Misty in Roots (with a reggae career spanning 4 years), Utah Saints, Dub Pistols live, Evil Nine, and Rennie Pilgrem to name a few!

Expect a host of bizzarities, installations, workshops and theatrical shenanigans. There’s even an underground vodka bar, a working mens club and a few other hidden gems to be found amongst the rolling green hills. Helping hosts are Stumblefunk Soundsystem,Trailer Trash, Bushrocker Hi-Fi, Beat-Herder and District Working Mens Social Club.

With many festival options becoming more commercial as they get older and losing the vibe that they strived to create from their origins, the challenge has to be to find one that is still in its relative infancy with a strong feeling of independence – both qualities that tend to lead to the best parties.

The Beat-Herder Festival runs through 4th, 5th, 6th, July. £55 for the weekend.

For a full line-up, info and tickets check the website www.beatherder.co.uk

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