Beacons Festival is due to take place this weekend from the 17-19th of August in the lovely Yorkshire Dales.
Obvious musical must sees include Wild Beasts, Jessie Ware, Patrick Wolf, Roots Manuva and Willy Mason but with such an extensive line up including some banging new music it’s hard to know just who to visit, so we’ve put together a little list of acts and activities not to be missed…
13:00 Post War Glamour Girls, The Stool Pigeon Stage – Leeds formed four piece bring some drama with their painfully honest lyrics and deep vocals.
13:15 G R E A T W A V E S, The Greendales Stage – Soundscapes that you’ll want to get well and truly lost in from a Manchester based duo.
21:30 Mount Kimbie, The Stool Pigeon Stage – Minimal electro straight from London Town, the use of “cool” here is definitely acceptable.
14:20 Cass McCombs, The Stool Pigeon Stage – A nomadic singer songwriter whose music is as aloof as his personal life.
19:30 Swim Deep, Noisey/Vice Stage – This lot sound so beachy you’d have no clue that they originally hail from Birmingham, grab your tie dye T and enjoy.
20:10 Ghostpoet, The Stool Pigeon Stage – Bespectacled soft spoken Mercury nominated rap, need we say more.
20:30 King Krule, Noisey/Vice Stage – He’s been compared to Morrissey and can call Billy Bragg a fan but somehow this scarily young looking musician is still under the radar.
12:00 Goodnight Lenin, The Stool Pigeon Stage – With influences from Bob Dylan to Simon and Garfunkel these folky five sound like they’re from another time.
18:00 Tall Ships, Noisey/Vice Stage – Think Battles then Foals and add a dash of 90s rock nostalgia.
19:00 Mazes, Noisey/Vice Stage – Want no frills grunge-pop that’s ridiculously catchy, enter here.
22:30 Toots & The Maytals, The Stool Pigeon Stage – Legendary reggae and roots music, Jamaica’s heading to the Dales.
But it’s not just about the music, this year’s Beacons has a load of extracurricular activities going on all over the site.
Over the course of the weekend there will be various film screenings with early birds able to catch Nick Broomfield doc Biggie and Tupac on Thursday night. Art-wise there are installations popping up everywhere including Nebula paintings by Natalie Winwood (well you are sleeping under the stars) and a replica NY Subway train filled with street art from Best Joined Up.
Getting involved is also high on the agenda, you can make your own wooden spoon with Waynes Woods – Spoonman, perfect those vocals with Tessa Smith’s singing workshop and unwind with some Yogalates – just imagine how chilled that would be in a field.
Spending prospects come in the form of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, which is sure to offer some one off finds and if you’re a fan of moody IPA’s, there are craft beers on offer from the oldest pub in Leeds, Whitelocks.
To be honest, we’re a bit worried as to how we are going to fit it all into one weekend but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to try.