Beacons Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Skipton, England, UK
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Festival Description

Beacons Festival took place in the Yorkshire Dales’ Heslaker Farm near Skipton — in 2012 the venue will change — stay tuned for more information. The festival programming features load of bands, art and film, farmer’s market, vintage fair, food and beverage vendors — to keep you well fed. Camping is available on the beautiful site where you’ll settle in and enjoy a full weekend of amazing entertainment, fancy dress, and like-minded music enthusiasts.

Festival Dates August 15 - 17, 2014 TBC
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Lineup 2013:
    • Former art-school students Django Django met in Edinburgh before decamping to East London, where they have been studiously perfecting their psychedelic pop craft. Their debut, self-titled album landed them with a Mercury Music Prize nomination and had the critics swooning for their experimental, kaleidoscopic songs.
    • We’re really pleased to announce that Theo will be making a unique English festival appearance playing B2B with fellow Detroit heavyweight, Andres.
    • Few producers in the history of dance music have made such a rapid and far-reaching impact on the electronic music scene as Eats Everything aka Bristolian Daniel Pearce.
    • We’re extremely excited to announce that David will be curating the lineup for the Sunday lineup on the social stage on this year. For over 30 years David Rodigan has been the top dog in the bass heavy-atmosphere of Britain’s reggae dance halls.
    • Oneman is regarded as one of the UK’s foremost DJs, and is the embodiment of the current bass music scene with his trademark quickfire mix of House, Garage, Dubstep & Techno.
    • Floating Points is the alias of the prolific DJ and producer Sam Shepherd. Drawing on his classical experience, Shepherd’s own productions are a subtle blend of gently jazzy house, and melodic dubstep and he’s notched up releases on Ninja Tune, Domino Recordings and EgLo.
    • Ben UFO is one of the influential collective of DJs and producers, who formed the revered Hessle Audio label in Leeds. With a discography that boasts releases from James Blake and Pearson Sound amongst others and an influence that extends to the likes of Submerse and Martyn.
    • One for the psych-heads amongst you; Moon Duo is – hope you’re seated for this revelation – a duo, consisting of Ripley Johnson (of Wooden Shjips) and his partner Sanae Yamada.
    • DJ Dez Andres is a veteran of Detroit House. Though he originally grew up in California and honed his skills in hip-hop and scratching, he later moved to Detroit where he worked at the legendary Buy Rite Records.
    • If you’ve not encountered the vaguely-Manchester born Dutch Uncles before, then Hot Chip aren’t a bad starting point, as comparisons go. There is, however, much more to this five-piece than being a mere sound-alike; a spiky approach to their song construction makes sure of this, leaving them sounding as much like old school new wavers such as Television or Talking Heads as they do the aforementioned British electro-poppers.
    • Bondax’s evocative music seems to drift between urban sonic landscapes, avoiding classification. Incorporating elements of post-dubstep, R&B;, and garage, the Lancaster based duo craft an intimate, electronic bliss that reveals something new with each repeated play.
    • With a name taken from a Danish fairy tale, this Brighton three piece specialise in creating atmospheric, almost gothic-sounding rock. In January 2013, Esben and the Witch released their second album Wash The Sins Not Only The Face, on Matador Records, a continuation of their distinctive style, which would have sounded well-placed on a 4AD roster in the 1980s.
    • Hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland and longtime procurers of the famous ‘Feel My Bicep’ blog, Bicep are a duo making movements to conquer the producing scene.
    • Fans of misleadingly-named bands will just love Egyptian Hip-Hop, who are a pretty long way from doing exactly what it says on their tin. Anyone expecting a multi-cultural blend of Egyptian flute and freestyle rap will end up scratching their heads in dismay.
    • Machinedrum has been a mainstay in electronic music throughout the last decade, releasing a number of albums on some of the most forward thinking Electronic music labels around and under a number of different guises.
    • Channel One is one of the world’s greatest and best known dub and reggae sound systems, run by legendary selector Mikey Dread, and featuring MC Ras Kayleb.
  • MOVE D (DJ set)
    • If talent converted into record sales, David Moufang would be a very rich man. His records with partner Jonas Grossmann as Deep Space Network and his own solo releases as Move D are among the furthest outreaches of techno’s push towards the stars.
    • Born from Oxford’s famously innovative artistic community, Chad Valley’s musical ambition has always stretched far beyond the context of its creation. Early EPs were produced in the now-26-year old Hugo Manuel’s bedroom, but conveyed exotic flair fit for the early hours.
    • Now a Hoya Hoya resident, Jon K moves from genre to genre with absolute ease, as well as a genuine passion and a deep knowledge of whatever he plays. Stalwart of the Manchester music scene, we are hotly anticipating his set.
    • One of the highlights of Beacons 2012, Hookworms’ snowballing success has been a triumph of grassroots word-of-mouth (okay, and a little bit of national press here and there, along the way).
    • Childhood is comprised of four fresh-faced young lads who met in Nottingham. Unimpressed by the city’s band scene, the two vocalists and songwriters Leo Dobson and Ben Romans-Hopcraft stowed themselves away and worked on honing songs like their debut, sold-out single ‘Blue Velvet’ (released on House Anxiety).
    • A four-piece, from Kettering. A cultural anachronism. An extension of our modern-day fascination with psychedelia. Temples have a neat line in faithfully recreating the trippy sounds of the ’60s, with alarming authenticity.
    • Drenge count Sheffield as their adopted home, though they’re technically from the Peak District. Eoin and Rory Loveless hail from the White Stripes school of bluesy punk rock music: Here’s a drum kit. Here’s a guitar. There’s your microphone. Go make some noise. And make it angry.
    • Having debuted new single ‘Fluffy’ on Huw Stephen’s In New Music We Trust, BBC Radio One, Wolf Alice also released the insatiable ‘Leaving You’ - a download-only track that found its way onto Radio One, top of NME’s lauded Radar section, also peaking the Hype Machine charts and finding the band with a swell of new fans.
  • JAWS
    • Hailing from Birmingham, JAWS have been described as ‘surf-pop’ and the ‘ultimate chillout indie band’. Having played a number of sellout shows, JAWS have created a significant buzz despite being relatively new.
    • THUMPERS’ kaleidoscopic sound is the work of childhood friends Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr. whose shared memories provide the inspiration for their alt-pop imaginings. Both buoyant and lush, the London based band combine layered androgynous vocals with muscular drums, astral synths and shimmering guitars in a celebration of the breathless sensations of youth and coming of age.
  • PLus....
    • John Talabot, Local Natives, Bonobo and Ghostpoet,Melody's Echo Chamber, Stealing Sheep, Splashh, Lulu James, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Vondelpark, Dan Croll, Wet Nuns, Julia Holter, Mikal Cronin, Wolf People, Spectrals, Menace Beach, Only Real, Bill Ryder Jones, Nope, Team Sprit, and more...
Outdoor stage 2013:
  • Wire
  • Malcolm Middleton
  • James Holden
  • T. Williams
  • Throwing Snow
  • Eagulls
  • The Horn The Hunt


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Tickets 2014:
  • Early Bird Tickets are £60
  • Heslaker Farm
    Heslaker Lane
    BD23 3AB Skipton
    United Kingdom


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