The Ultimate Beacons Festival 2014 Preview
Beacons Festival 2013 was one of the first festivals that we attended as a web magazine and it was probably one of best we’d individually seen. Between enjoying the ridiculously good beer tent (a little too much) and the even better music selection we enjoyed whisky tasting, film screenings, giant scrabble and the best selection of street food this side of the monthly Belgrave Street Feasts.
Set in the rural town of Skipton in North Yorkshire, the festival is nestled at Funkirk Estate in a bowl of rolling hills surrounded by greener than green fields. It’s a beautiful setting. It’s easy to access from Skipton Train Station by a short taxi ride and in Skipton itself there’s ample supermarket resources to stock up your camp.
This year Beacons Festival takes place between Thursday 7th and Sunday 10th of August and we’re now down to the 4th release which will set you back £120.45 (including booking fee) as an online booking or if you’re dossing around Leeds you can pop into Belgrave Music Hall to pick up a ticket without a booking fee at all for just £109.50. It’s worth it. You can also buy 5 and get 1 free or pick up day tickets for around £55. Teenagers (13-17) get in even cheaper and kids (6-12) get in for a tad under £17. Don’t you wish you were 12.
The fastest growing festival in the North has developed a theme for its musical line up over the past few years. After last years Django Django, Bonobo and Local Natives gracing the biggest stage we see New York opulent disco / astral funk duo Darkside, the huge London trio, Daughter and one of the strongest electronic artists of the past year, Jon Hopkins. All are set to sound huge on the main stage and provide a coherent contrast over the weekend whilst the stage and others will be shared with some of the best up and coming acts from around the country. You’ll see bands this weekend that will be big next year. Organiser, Ash Kollakowski has a very refined ear and eye.
Post-punk band, The Fall are set to make a very rare festival appearance joined by one of the Norths rising stars, Hookworms straight off the back of a massive 2013. Hopkins is joined by three more of the best producers playing at the moment as Dixon, Mano Le Tough and Daniel Avery are set to shake the Resident Advisor stage down to its very core.
The loud and aggressive Metz will be sitting nicely with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and 65 Days of Static who were announced more recently for the festival.
We were going to make a massive Beacons Festival playlist for you all to enjoy but the guys at See Tickets beat us to it, and did a pretty good job. You can listen with the widget here or this link
The full list of bands is huge and covers a range of pretty much everything you can think of. You can view the full line up on the Beacons Festival Website.
Arts and Culture
Beacons isn’t just a music festival there’s just a big a focus on the arts alongside the musical acts at the festival. Showcases of emerging talent reside right next to established artists with a dedicated area of the festival showing off the creative talents of many. The Into The Woods tent will be exhibiting a range of world music, audio and visual screenings as well as the regular morning yoga class. Hunters Field is a brand new area for 2014 with a new outdoor stage that claims to be “an alternative sanctuary of laid-back music, offering proverbial food for the soul.” Diddy Rascals remains as the detination for younger children and has been doubled in size this year along with the family camping area. Bob The Builder Café? Yes please.
The festival site itself will again be littered with installation art as well as a broad range of independent art stalls and a vintage fair. Fancy Dress Friday is of course prevalent again with the theme this year being, “Empires.” From Star Wars to Game of Thrones, get your creative thinking heads on.
For a full list of the arts and culture events taking place over the weekend visit the official Beacons Festival Website.
Food and Drink
Whilst the usual burger vans and less than exquisite food retailers are present at Beacons they are not the focus. Beacons Festival does food right. Food vendors include, Reds True BBQ, Indie Ices, Dough Boys Pizza, Patty Smith’s Burgers, Fish&, Bundobust and tonnes more, theses are seriously some of the best food retailer sin the North and to have all of these and more present at a festival in a huge field in the middle of nowhere is incredible.
Laynes Espresso will be providing that much needed morning caffeine boost everyday, but prepare to head down early if the popularity is anything like last year. The beer selection will be presented at the awesome Whitelocks Beer Tent that will features brews from Kirkstall Brewery, Five Points Brewery, Magic Rock along with a whole host more. There’s a ridiculously good selection of beer on offer at very good prices with the Whitelocks beer tent opening in the main arena around midday.
We can’t wait. If it’s anywhere even near as good as last year you’re guaranteed to have a memorable time amongst some of the best music, food and people there are. We’ll be at the festival all weekend providing coverage so keep an eye on our social media accounts and let us know in the comments what bands and acts you are most excited about for Beacons this year. See you there!