Beat-Herder Festival

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Beat-Herder festival is a three day Beatherder festival takes place in Gisburn, Lancashire.

The festival is independently funded and has no involvement in corporate organisations, nor does it receive any sponsorship. It is a good festival for Beats and Barminess in Lovely Lancashire. Often compared to Christmas, but much better and brighter!

Vibe

  • 'A completely back to basics festival, it's built upon the simple principles of having fun, having a dance, and escaping the corporate machine for one weekend' – NME
  • ‘Eclectic without losing sight of its identity, Beat-Herder boasts DJ sets which span ages, generations, styles and decades’ – Clash
  • ‘Beat Herder is also the most heart-on-sleeve northern festival we’ve been to’ – Drowned in Sound
  • “Like with Glastonbury the heart behind its organisation is clear to see and it might well be the best music festival the North West of England has to offer” – Big Issue
  • “The best atmosphere of any festival I’ve been to, Beat-Herder can’t be recommended enough.”

The atmosphere is Beatherder is like none other! for that weekend everyone is one big family! you arrive and depart with your friends but you will spend the entire weekend getting off your face with strangers! I really cant stress enough how amazing the Beatherder atmosphere is... I have never seen a single fight! These guys are all about sharing the love!

Stages and other entertainment

Beat-Herder Festival has a number of areas/stages for festival goers to check out showcasing a range of talent and 'cool stuff':

  • The Beat-Herder Stage
  • Toiltrees
  • Smoky Tentacles Shisha Lounge
  • The Bushrocker HiFi
  • Rajazzle
  • Caravan Stage +The Fortress (new) +The Church ( rave in a church! wooo) +Hotel California +The snug

Tickets

Available from the official website, or via phone if you call 0844 888 9991:

  • Adult Full Price: £110
  • Child (12 and under): £20
  • Infant (18 months and under) FREE
  • Car Parking £8
  • Campervans / Live-in Vehicles £18

VIP

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Children

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Disability Access

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Weather

Well, in 2012 the weather was horrendous...mud everywhere! and it really did take away from the Beatherder expereince, however 2013 certainly made up for it this year as it was boiling all weekend...really couldnt have asked for better weather! how will 2013 turn out? you really couldnt say.. only time will tell!

Location

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Local Information

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Travel

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Accommodation

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What to wear

Summer clothes are fine but it is also a good idea to bring an extra hoodie just incase (you never know with Lancashire weather) if you really want to look the part, plenty of the attendees like to dress as hippies to keep the old-skool feel going so grab a pair of Indian Harem pants or Thi trousers and join in!

Camping

The camp site does not open until Friday at 9am and it is advised you get there early since half of it is on a slope ( not too much of an issue but it can get rather annoying for some)

Campfires are not allowed fires in the camp-site, but there is a great big fire pit and circle within the main arena. Campervans are allowed with a pass costing £15. Additional tents are not allowed next to campervans as the site is not flat and a dodgy handbrake could be extremely dangerous.

Site Information

The festival has full disabled facilities in the campsite and the main arena.

There are a few cash mashines available on site.

Property lock-ups are not available onsite.

Food and drink

There will numerous stalls offering a variety of foods. There will be a range of beer cans (cold) on sale as well as real ales in the working mans club. the festival also has an underground vodka bar and a cocktail bar. All the prices are promised to be reasonable.

You may also bring as much alcohol with you as you wish. However glass vessels are not allowed within the main site (but they are allowed in the camping areas).

Trading

There is quite a wide choice of stalls available offering all sorts of merchandise, ranging from clothes to gifts... some of them rather nice! beatherder also offers a sweet shop, a hair dressers and a tattooists on site.

Perform at the festival

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Volunteer or work

Beatherder has plenty of voluntary opportunities available from litter picking to helping set up site. However, they usually ask that you put down a deposit which will be fully refunded once you have finished all of your shifts.

Drugs and security

Stream online

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Trivia

+There are a few hidden stages around the site, so keep an eye out!

Past lineups

2012 included Orbital, Death In Vegas, Lee Scratch Perry, Fake Blood and many more. To view the line-up as updated, click here

2011 Highlights included Leftfield, Dreadzone, The Selecter, Neville Staple, Simian Mobile Disco, We Have Band, Dub Pistols, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, The Lancashire Hot Pots, Lazy Habits, The Correspondents, Mr Scruff, Mylo, Plump Djs, Riva Starr, Boy 8 Bit, Justin Robertson, Andrew Weatherall, Jon Carter, Utah Saints, Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show, Drums Of Death, A Skillz, Krafty Kuts, Reverend Sound System, The Shit Robot Show (Live), Grinny Grandad, Doorly, Krysko, Retro/Grade, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, James Holroyd, Sicknote, Karl Roscoe, and more.