An immersive-party set in the Lancashire hills that you can’t miss
Rob Woj
12:16 4th April 2017

Across 21 hand-crafted stages, Beat-Herder is a festival that builds immersive party environments like no other. This year’s line-up welcomes Sleaford Mods, Trentemøller, Toots and the Maytals and David Rodigan alongside many more.

We’ve been banging on about how good Beat-Herder is for the last few years. The festival which takes place at Ribble Valley in Lancashire is one of the North’s foremost party festivals. But somehow it still feels a well-kept secret.

This year, the festival welcomes an eclectic mix of artists to its bill. Last year, Primal Scream’s headline set was just about one of the most enjoyable of the summer. This year, the line-up spans old school reggae and dance legends like Toots and Maytals, David Rodigan, and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. As well as welcoming a vast DJ line-up including Romare (with a full live band), Faithless, High Contrast and Jon Hopkins.

Spanning across 21-stages, the festivals ambition to create immersive worlds in which to party in is what we like best. In the past, the festival has built giant wooden fortresses and clubs filled with scrap cars. This year, plans include a fire-spewing citadel, a stage surrounded by an old pine forest, and a 100ft Stonehenge style space built into the earth.

Celebrating the diversity of its artists, the site is a wash of murals and graffiti, and celebrates the craft of hand-making.

As well as music, there are firework displays, underground tunnels, hot tubs, a Sunday church service, hidden swimming pools and a fairground to enjoy.

To be in with a with a chance of winning four tickets for you and your friends all you need to do is answer the question below before Friday 7 April at 4pm. *this competition has now closed.

What Shakespeare play did our reviewer liken Beat-Herder to last year?

Hamlet
Romeo & Juliet
Midsummer Night's Dream
Macbeth

Beat-Herder 2017 takes place from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 July 2017 at Ribble Valley, Lancashire. For tickets and more information visit here

The full list of acts announced for Beat-Herder 2017 so far are: 

SLEAFORD MODS (UK NORTHERN FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE)
TRENTEMØLLER
TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS
DAVID RODIGAN
LEE 'SCRATCH' PERRY
MILKY CHANCE
ROMARE (FULL LIVE BAND)
THE SUGARHILL GANG FT. MELLE MEL & SCORPIO
FAITHLESS (DJ SET)
HIGH CONTRAST
JACKMASTER
JON HOPKINS (DJ SET)

RICHY AHMED / SKREAM / ADRIAN SHERWOOD / DUB PISTOLS / FACTORY FLOOR / STEREO MC'S / ARTWORK / MAX COOPER /
MR. SCRUFF / SHADOW CHILD / SLAM / SONNY FODERA / DENIS SULTA / OPTIMO (ESPACIO)

DRUM MACHINE / DUTTY MOONSHINE BIG BANG / JALEN N'GONDA / KIOKO / SHY LUV / THE DYR SISTER / TOM WALKER / DENIS SULTA / ELI & FUR / LEFTWING & KODY / OC & VERDE / UTAH SAINTS

ENDOR / FEATURECAST / GAWP / KRYSKO & GREG LORD / MOOQEE / SHAKA LOVES YOU / TWOGOOD