The jewel in the crown of Northern England’s festival calendar, the beloved Beat-Herder Festival, is already shaping up to be one of the hits of the summer.
Following its first line-up announcement last month, the festival has now revealed the second wave of artists who will be making the trip to Sawley between Friday, July 15th and Sunday, July 17th.
Joining veteran Scottish psych-rockers Primal Scream, folk-pop troubadour and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Donovan, and reggae legend Chronixx (alongside his Zincfence Redemption Band) on the main stage, are Beat-Herder headliners, the Berlin electronic duo Booka Shade, Swedish indie pop band Miike Snow, German electronic music duo Digitalism, Stockport’s own Fairey Brass Band, and Essex folk artist Beans on Toast.
Guitarist and singer Louis Berry and electro-pop duo Cash and David perform at The Maison D’Etre, the stage known for hosting hotly tipped musical talent, along with enigmatic London band Haelos, BBC introducing favourite Zibra, singer and multi-instrumentalist Rationale, dance-pop outfit NIMMO, York electro six-piece Grinny Grandad, Liverpool rock band The Vyrll Society and Brighton’s Yonaka – who recently signed to Phil Taggart’s Hometown Records.
Beat-Herder’s very own 60ft x 60ft rave Fortress – complete with lasers, ramparts and fire breathing turrets, will play host to LA-based dubstep superstar Jauz, living ragga legend General Levy, ground-breaking and Breakspoll award-winning DJ Lady Waks, breakbeat producer Krafty Kuts, DJ’s Deekline, Jon Rundell and Mr C, Megadog veteran and techno stalwart DJ Templehead, producer duo Hybrid Theory and house and techno outfit Solardo.
Beat-Herder friend and regular Mr Scruff will be lighting up the woods at the Toil Trees stage, alongside DJ, producer and tastemaker Chris Coco. They join an already impressive line up of house and techno talent, including Riton, Dirtybird co-founder Justin Martin, Andhim, Defected stalwart Sonny Fodera and a special Doorly and Friendstakeover, featuring fellow Dirtybird head honcho Claude VonStroke, Derrick Carter, Will Tramp and many more.
All this and the Lancashire Hotpots are set to make their triumphant return as well, playing the Working Men’s Club.
Visit www.beatherder.co.uk for ticket information.