Crystal Fighters headline Friday plus Kelis, Altern-8 and many more confirmed
Beat-Herder returns in 2017 to the Ribble Valley in Lancashire. Having recently announced the likes of Sleaford Mods, Trentemøller, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Toots and the Maytals, David Rodigan (MBE) and The Sugarhill Gang for this year’s event, Beat-Herder can now announce details of the second wave of artists to be added to the bill.
Leading the charge are Crystal Fighters, who have been confirmed as Friday night’s main stage headliners. As demonstrated on their current album ‘Everything is My Family’, Crystal Fighters’ intoxicating cocktail of psychedelia and energising folktronica perfectly encapsulates Beat-Herder’s celebratory multi-genre and cross-cultural vibe.
Also joining the main stage on Friday are two artists who share an individualistic approach to music. Kelis provides the main support to Crystal Fighters with her freewheeling take on R&B, soul and electro-pop, while the day also showcases the otherworldly pop of hotly-tipped teen duo Let’s Eat Grandma.
The Fortress adds Scottish techno legend Paul Taylor, pioneering rave legends Altern-8, Underwater and Detone boss Darren Emerson, former Hacienda resident Graeme Park, forward-thinking electro innovator Justin Robertson and Manchester’s bass-heavy techno duo Solardo, who will be commandeering a Fortress Takeover on Friday night.
In addition, Plump DJs will be bringing their four-deck live show to The Ring – an homage to the legend of John Pratt, a local man said to be over 8ft tall and reputedly with the strength of ten men. Also confirmed are Playaz legend DJ Hype and bass music stalwart Holy Goof, who join previously announced headliner High Contrast.
The Toil Trees stage has Hot Chip / 2 Bears man Joe Goddard plus James Holroyd who join the likes of Faithless, Shadow Child, Jackmaster and Skream. Cabbage are added to the Trash Manor plus Manchester underground bass music legend Chimpo is set to take over alongside purveyors of ‘cosmic dross’, Henge.
One of the few remaining independent festivals in the UK, Beat-Herder have united the subcultures of dance music and beyond: dub, reggae, house, psytrance, techno, indie, rock, psychedelic, drum & bass and dubstep are all presented across 21 stages. Expect underground tunnels to find and crawl through, a hidden heated swimming pool, hot tubs, vintage cars to dance on, a fairground complete with Ferris wheel, taxidermy workshops, chainsaw carving, Christmas crackers, fancy dress, conga lines, talent competitions, pink discos, tattoos, fireworks displays and a church -complete with Sunday Service and (unofficial) marriages.
Beat-Herder will take place from the 14th to the 16th July 2017 at Dockber Farm, Clitheroe, Lancashire.