The Beat-Herder festival returns to Ribble Valley, Lancashire, in July, with a stellar lineup featuring Nile Rodgers & Chic, Hot Chip, The Wailers, Public Service Broadcasting and others.

Following a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s festival is its belated 15th birthday, and will be bigger and better than ever, running across four days from 14-17 July.

The festival began in 1998 as a free, DIY party, and has remained true to its rave roots in the years since, with a loyal following and and array of stages championing everything from sick beats to chillout vibes.

Among those also set to appear at the festival are Craig Charles, with his live Funk & Soul Show, reggae selector David Rodigan, Dub Pistols, Warmduscher, Ibibio Sound Machine and LoneLaddy… and that’s just the main stage.

The Toil Trees stage, meanwhile, will feature a soundclash of techno, house and rave, with the likes of Alan Fitzpatrick, HAAi, KiNK, Rebūke, Or:la and others.

Other stages at the wide-ranging festival include Fortress, The Ring, Trash Manor (which will feature performances by the legendary Ralph Lawson and Greg Wilson), The Factory and many more.

More artists are still to be announced.

Music is just part of the experience at Beat-Herder – each of the stages are entirely handmade from scratch, standing out as something bespoke in the increasingly cookie-cutter festival landscape. Beat-Herder won the ‘Unique Festival Arena’ at the 2019 AIF Festival Awards, and the ‘Extra Festival Award’ at the UK Festival Awards, and was described as DJ Mag as boasting “weird and wonderful in equal supply”. Sign us up. 🙂

Tickets can be purchased here.





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