28th February 2011
Beat-Herder is back - set deep in the heart of sleepy Ribble Valley
With Simian Mobile Disco, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, We Have Band and more...Preparation for the Beat-Herder is well under way and the event is set to return to the Ribble Valley for a sixth year! Run by six hardy and creative Yorkshire men, Beat-Herder HQ is working over time cooking up a ruddy delectable pot of artistry, nonsense and Beat-Herder barminess for your fun packed festival pleasure. The Beat-Herder workshop is crammed with wood and recycled junk that is being lovingly crafted into the nuts and bolts of the madcap creations that make the breath taking festival site.
With zero official sponsorship, no egos and not a scrap of branding in sight Beat-Herder is not about platinum selling artists on huge stages but about creative festival fun, locally sourced food and booze (at cheap as chips prices) and the friendliest most up for it crowds this side of the Pennines!
Beat-Herder legend has it that in the beginning there was the Toil Trees where the Toil Sound system brought friends together to party beneath the trees. The landowner was set to cut down the forest but he enjoyed himself so much that he couldn’t bear to chop it down. And so Beat- Herder was born and has grown from strength to strength!
Amongst those already confirmed for the back to back to basics bonanza is the blindingly brilliant- nose bleed inducing Simian Mobile Disco! Expect a serotonin raising mixture of deafening pile-driving synths, grizzly techno and hands in the air sing along electro as they put on a high-energy performance like no other!
Joining them will be the amazing Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs aka Orlando Higginbottom. Donning his trademark dinosaur outfit and bringing his unique sound to Beat-Herder. Also confirmed are the London kids We Have Band who will be bringing their own brand of danceable indie to proceedings. They will be joined by Andy Weatherall who will be treating festival goers to one of his eclectic and unpredictable sets. Whether spinning an awe inspiring, genre-leaping set or relaying his own tunes, the man can do no wrong.
They will be joined by Barry Ashworth and his band of merry Dub Pistols, the amazing Mr Scruff, breaks heavyweights Plump DJs, Scotland’s finest Mylo, Dirty bird records darling Riva Starr forward thinking Cornish lad Boy 8 Bit and acid techno legend Justin Robertson amongst others including local boys, the hilarious Lancashire Hot Pots and The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show.
When your legs tire of dancing to this little lot you'll find some amazing extras... small, intimate and perfectly formed there’s never far to walk but there are still plenty of stages, interactive nonsense and hidden surprises to satisfy even the most curious of Beat-Herders!
Stop of for a brew or a beer at Mikey’s Tea Shack, sit down beneath the hanging baskets on one of the famous Beat-Herder vibrating benches (a favourite with the older lady) or check out one of the many magical surprises hidden around every corner. Last years Granma’s Launderette hidden deep in the trees through a 20m long tunnel was a massive hit and this year the BH crew are thinking bigger so watch this space!
Also back by popular demand for 2011 is the legendary Working Men’s Club. Remember 10p pints, Ford Cortinas, three-day weeks and the miner’s strikes? No? Well neither do we but we like to party like its 1970 at Beat-Herders very own working men’s club! It has all the glamour of a 70s pit village with added real ale, silliness and glittery blue eye shadow. The working men’s club with play host to the annual "Beat-Herders got Talent (judged last year by Coronation Street’s very own Jannis Battersby).” And again, mad old nana moon will be having a sing a long, there will be bingo, and some top class talent will also be performing!
Easily heard but not as easy to find, the Toil Trees stage which this year has a new and improved crispy clear sound system can be found tucked snuggly amongst the trees, the epicenter of the festival. Get amongst it and dance to the eclectic beats that last throughout the night.
With it’s intimate fun atmosphere and amazing facilities Beat-Herder strikes the perfect balance between ‘up for it crowd’ and family friendly vibe. With a new and improved Kids field and super cheap kid’s tickets, Beat Herder’s of every age are warmly welcomed!
Full priced weekend tickets are now on sale for £85, children's tickets are £15!