Tag Archives: Beacons Festival

Beacons Festival 2014

The Yorkshire Dales don’t see nothing like it.

In two weeks time we’re fortunate enough to be going to Beacons Festival. It takes place on the FUNkirk Estate in Skipton from 7th – 10th August and is without doubt one of the stand-outs of the year in the UK festival calendar.

Beacons Logo 2014

It’s remarkably only in its third year, and 2014 sees the boutique celebration of music and art host the biggest line-up yet. With stages hosted by RA, Red Bull Music Academy, Noisey, Flux and many more, the range of talent is ludicrous.

The line-up’s bursting at the seams. Dixon and Mano Le Tough, The Fall and British Sea Power, Daniel Avery, Huxley and Joy Orbison. Hot new acts like Wayward, Beaty Heart and Toy feature, as well as stalwarts Crazy P Soundsystem, Greg Wilson and Jon Hopkins. Not to mention Jackmaster, Darkside and Dusky.

The list goes on. And on. And on. Check it out here.

Beacons Festival 2013

The atmosphere at Beacons is a true delight and with light installations, stalls, fairs and film screenings (Shane Meadows gave a riveting Q&A on his hit film ‘Made Of Stone’ last year) there really is something for everyone.

More information can be found here and more importantly tickets can be bought here. If there’s one tip we have for August, we highly recommend you hit the north.

As usual, to whet the appetite, we’ve compiled a special Beacons playlist for your listening pleasure. Get excited:

 

 

Tagged , ,

Beacons Festival 2013

There are those who say that there are too many festivals in the UK these days. Certainly the last few years have seen the births (and, in some cases, the deaths) of many a ’boutique’ summer shindig and, as Adam Buxton tells us, the experience is unrecognisable from what it once was. But our problem with festivals isn’t the quinoa salads, childcare facilities and wacky fancy dress.

It’s the rampant commercialism that means paying through the nose for watery Red Stripes and inaccurate programmes, and being treated like David Miranda whenever you have the temerity to move from one area to another. Beacons promised to be different – with its reluctant booking feesencouragement of public transport, and talk of local ale houses. And indeed it was: the setting was spectacular, the staff were accommodating, and the atmosphere was a lot more relaxed than many of its competitors.

And then there was the music. T Williams is one of our favourite live acts at the moment and he delivered again here, kicking the weekend off in style with a barnstorming Friday night set on the Red Bull Music Academy stage (well, truck). Resident Advisor’s tent played host to crowd-pleasing sets from John Talabot and Dauwd, and the main stage was treated to intense performances from Gold Panda and SBTRKT.

There were even guitars on show, with Local Natives impressive in the headline slot and Dutch Uncles proving a captivating spectacle (mostly due to frontman Duncan Wallis’s unbelievable shapes – for more on them, head here). And culture too, in various guises – including a screening of the amazing ‘Made of Stone’, with a Shane Meadows Q&A and everything.

Rodigan & Iration Steppers rounded off the weekend with a reggae-themed Sunday, sending the crowds on their way and warming them up for Notting Hill Carnival the next weekend. A top weekend, then, and props to the organisers for doing things a bit differently. Roll on Beacons 2014.

Tagged , ,

Beacons Festival 2013

Beacons

Greetings. From Beacons.

That’s what we’ll be saying August 16th-18th when HD decamps to the Funkirk Estate (come on…) in glamorous Skipton for Beacons Festival 2013. As ever, there are too many people we’re excited to see. RBMA, Resident Advisor and Noisey are all hosting stages and here are some things from some people that are playing:

Exciting huh?

The take-home message from all of this is COME ALONG. We’ll bring an iPod dock, play some tunes and call it a Human Drizzle stage. Deal?

Tagged , , , ,

Drake – Girls Love Beyonce (SBTRKT remix)

SBTRKT, a recent addition to the Beacons Festival line-up (full disclosure – HD HQ will be decamping there for the weekend, come join), has done a job on Drake‘s summer single ‘Girls Love Beyonce’.

The skittering beat and warped vocals create an essentially new track and, to save you the time listening to the original too, this is better.

The two have collaborated before, as the video and SC link below prove. Evidence:

Tagged , ,
%d bloggers like this: