Next month brings the annual summer music festival Beat-Herder Festival. Held in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire on 15th, 16th, 17th July.

It is the brainchild of six creative Yorkshire men who were tired of overcrowded and pretentious festivals that were overrun with the same big brands and corporate sponsors.

After first establishing in 2006, the festival has grown year on year both in terms of capacity and line up, and yet crucially the atmosphere remains one that is intimate, charming and above all friendly.

Beat-Herder is sticks to its ethos and eschews sponsorship, corporate branding and egos in favour of independent and local stall owners and a refreshingly hand-crafted site, creating a utopia from the outside world for 3 days each summer.

Beat-Herder Festival 2016 lineup

Main Stage – James, Chronixx & Zinc Fence Redemption, Donovan, Beans on Toast, Booka Shade, Digitalism, Miike Snow and The Fairey Brass Band.

The Fortress – JAUZ, General Levy, DJ Deekline, DJ Templehead, Hybrid Theory, Jon Rundell, Krafty Kuts, Lady Waks, Mr C, Solardo.

Toil Trees – Andhim, Claude Von Stroke, Derrick Carter, Doorly, Justin Martin, Riton, Sonny Fodera, Will Tramp, Chris Coco and Mr Scruff.

Maison d’etre – Clean Cut Kid, Haelos, Rationale, Cash + David, Dextric, Fronteers, Georgia, Grinny Grandad Live, Louis Berry, Meadowlark, Nimmo, Otherkin, The Amazons, The Vryll Society, Tom Walker, Yonaka and Zibra.

The Ring Stage – A.Skillz, Delta Heavy, General Levy, Jauz, JFB, Tc Feat Mc Jakes, Utah Saints, Apexape Boe & Lee, Bombstrikes Soundsystem, Credit To The Nation, Endor, Father Funk, Jamie Berry, Kreature V’S Campo, Madame Electrifie, Mafia Kiss, Mooqee (Bombstrikes), Sacha Schwarz, Shaka Loves You, Skapes, Sugarbeat Residents, Swing Dance Leeds, Twogood, and Wbbl.

Here is some trivia you might not know about the festival that really is true!

2000 people carry the ‘Lifer Beat-herder Tattoo’

Nearly all of everything made at Beat Herder is made from recycled material salvaged from demolition yards.

Flowers are grown from seeds in an allotment, planted in a bigger pots and put in the band boxes that are hand painted. Look closely and see the brush marks.

The stone circle was erected by 31 men and 1 woman (white witch) starting at 7am on a Saturday Morning. 

We stamped all of the fivers we got with a BH sheep and put them back into circulation.

The Church has a proper wind powered organ installed – yet to function. 

The Street is the product of 30 years of hoarding by Vik’s Dad, a dockworker from Ulveston.

The semi retired, yet infamous magnolia toil sound-system was made in a kitchen in Keighley. Using 40 sheets of marine plywood.

To our disgruntlement, but amusement, every year some festival-goer in the camper-van field builds a concrete patio and leaves it.

The biggest stone in Pratty’s Ring is 11 tons

One of the directors (who was manning the wristband exchange) fell asleep on a chair allowing free entry to all.

Tickets are still available and can be bought at the Beatherder website.

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All words by Philip Allen. More writing by Philip on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. Philip tweets as @ltranger.

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