Beat-Herder Festival Turns 10

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ANDREW WEATHERALL

Winner of the Extra Festival Activity Award at this year’s UK Festival Awards Second Wave of Acts Announced for 2015.

In 2015, Northern England’s most cherished festival, Beat-Herder in Lancashire will celebrate their 10th birthday - a landmark anniversary that marks their journey from humble free party origins to an annual three-day 12,000 capacity bonanza with a legion of devout fans. Described by The Guardian as ‘wonderfully barmy and typically northern’, Beat-Herder is a rare find in today’s climate: a staunchly independent festival that stays true to its roots, completely shunning all corporate sponsorship or branding.

Over the last decade, Beat-Herder has come to be known for its unrivalled attention to detail when building the site. Built entirely from scratch by hand, the festival houses all manner of surprises at every twist and turn. Each year unexpected new areas magically appear for festival goers to stumble upon. Last year’s new additions included a swimming pool in the woods, housed in a Scandinavian style wooden cabin, complete with changing rooms and lifeguards and The Ring, a huge earth mound with a Stonehenge-esque entrance.

This year Beat-Herder was crowned winner of the Extra Festival Activity Award at the UK Festival Awards, an award that recognises events that paid that extra bit of attention to detail that creates a magical and unforgettable festival experience.

Today, the second wave of names for the special 10th anniversary edition of the festival are announced. They include founding fathers of hip hop, Sugarhill Gang ft Furious Five. Famed for ‘Rappers Delight’ the pioneering trio were responsible for introducing the genre to a generation. They are joined on the main stage by Beat-Herder favourites Dub Pistols, electronic group K-Klass, and the Freestylers who will bring their original dose of bass and breakbeats. Also appearing is legendary Warp Records producer Nightmares on Wax, who helped define the early days of Warp with his experimental techno sound.

Also joining the lineup are old Beat-Herder friends Mr Scruff & MC Kwasi, who’ll be performing in The Woods, alongside PBR Streetgang, and Paul Hartnoll, one half of the legendary Orbital, who will appear as new outfit 8:58.

Sam & The Womp will headline the much loved WMC (Working Men’s Club), Richard Norris of The Grid headlines The Perfumed Garden, The Mouse Outfit will take to the main stage, as well as headlining the Smoky Tentacles. Eat Static, winner of 2 International Breaksol awards Marten Hørger and Orbital’s Phil Hartnoll will play The Fortress. Radio 1 & 1Xtra favourite MistaJam will play in The Ring alongside Zion Train, Dutty Moonshine, Featurecast, and Loo & Placido.

Since its inception a couple of years back, The Maison D’Etre has been playing host to some of the most hotly tipped emerging artists and this year will prove to continue that tradition. Channelling a rural French peasant chic, with quaint shutters and washing lines, the Maison D’Etre will provide an intimate setting to see the next big things including Ghost Culture, Blaenavon, Port Isla, Boxed In, Telegraph, Miaoux Miaoux and more.

All these and dozens more will be joining Friday’s headliner Basement Jaxx, the dancefloor conquering duo whose prolific output over the last 10 years is responsible for shaping UK dance music as we know it today, gypsy swing kings and firm Beat-Herder favourite Parov Stelar Band and true Motown legends Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.

FULL LINE UP (ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

8:58 / ANDREW WEATHERALL / ANDY PYETT / ANNIE TT / BASEMENT JAXX / BLAENAVON / BODIE BOXED IN / CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES / CATZ & DOGZ / CAUSA / CHRIS HOLT / COJO DEAN MCPHEE / DJ FFLYFFILYFBYBL / DOHNUT / DR SYNTAX / DREADZONE / DREAM THEMES DUB DADDA / DUB PISTOLS / DUB REAKTION / DUTTY MOONSHINE / EARTHDOCTOR / EAT STATIC ED STONES & THE BD3 / EDDIE EARTHQUAKE & THE TREMORS / FEATURECAST / FOXES FAUX FRASER TT / FREESTYLERS LIVE / GARY & THE AMAZING PHYCHIC GOAT BOY / GHOST CULTURE GOOD FOXY / GREG LORD / HECTOR BIZERK / HORSE PARTY / INDIANIC / INSTRUMENT OF JAH J-BEAR & THE GIANTS / JAMBEATER / JERAMIAH FERRARI / JOHN THE BAPTIST / JOHN TREE K-KLASS / KARL ROSCOE / KIRAN LEONARD / KRYSKO / LANCASHIRE HOTPOTS LINDSAY TT / LOO & PLACIDO / LYONS & LA ZEL / MARC CONSTANTINE / MARTEN HØRGER MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS / MAT PLAYFORD / MATT MONTEZ / MATTY B MIAOUX MIAOUX / MISTER TOOLEY / MISTAJAM / MOOQEE / MOOSE FUNK SQUAD MOUSE OUTFIT / MR SCRUFF & MC KWASI / MYSTI VALANTINE / NAZIM ZIRYAB/ NIGHTMARES ON WAX / PADDY STEER / PALACE / PAPA SHANTI MEETS NEMA KUTA PAPER CRANES / PAROV STELAR BAND / PAT TT / PAUL THORNTON / PAUL WOOLFORD PBR STREETGANG / PEACH TT / PHIL HARTNOLL / PLUMP DJ'S / PORT ISLA / RED J TT RED TIN DAVE / RICHARD NORRIS – OF THE GRID / RUBY THROAT / RUMJIG / SAM & THE WOMP SEAN P / SHIBA SAN / SKUTCH MANOS / SOLANA / SPARX / STEF M SUGARHILL GANG & FURIOUS FIVE feat MELLE MEL & SCORPIO / TELEGRAM / THE KAYANITES THE WORLD FAMOUS CZEZTIKOV BROS TIRIKILATOPS / TRUTHOS MUFASA / UNDERGROUND ROOTS / UTAH SAINTS / VANILLA ACE / YOUTH CLUB / ZION TRAIN LIVE / ZUN ZUN EGUI

Published on 23 April 2015 by Ben Robinson

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