Beat-Herder Festival guide – HERD ‘EM UP 2017

Think you’ve festivaled before? Think again.

Beat-herder is an award winning, imagination-defying, dream-like festival, perched deep within the Lancashire country-side. Unlike regular festivals, Beat-herder is renowned for what they don’t tell you. Secret passages, dance floors and swimming pools are but some of the mysteries to be discovered this year plus much more. You can expect to be enchanted, amazed and carried away by the spectacle that is Beat-Herder.

Covering many genres of music, this festival has it all. Whether you’re into breakbeat, dub, reggae, dubstep, techno or anything else for that matter, Beat-Herder provides all the answers. Coming this weekend to Ribble Valley, Lancashire, URB and BathMedia provide all the answers for this festival.


What not to miss

Beat-herder is a wonderful experiment of the old and the contemporary. We have picked our favourite acts from the line-up to whet your appetite for what’s to come.


  • Toots and the Maytals

These musical heavy weights should be top of your Beat-Herder agenda. This Ska band were critical in popularising reggae and epitomise what this festival is all about. Chilled out vibes, melodic rhythms and good times – Toots are sure to get your feet moving.


  • Kelis

We’re not sure if her milkshake is still consumable, but we’re hoping that it will bring many people, of all genders (not just the boys), to the Beat-Herder yard. Without doubt, if we were to compile a soundtrack to our lives, Kelis would be on there. Sure to be a trip down memory lane, this is a cert on our list.


  • David Rodigan

Another heavy weight when it comes to Reggae, Dancehall and Jamaican culture. You can be sure that watching this master at work, carefully selecting tunes from his extensive record collection, is something you can’t afford to miss.


  • Faithless

There isn’t much we can say about Faithless that hasn’t been said before. Anthemic, the combination of power and variety is what makes Faithless unique when it comes to their tracks. Their sets are few and far between, meaning if you’d be stupid to miss this opportunity.




  • The Parish Church

Anoint yourself with some holy water – you better be ready to pay for some sins. At The Church, the music is sacred and the only redemption is by dancing your way to heaven. After all, life is better when you’re on your knees…


  • The Fortress

 Stages like this separate Beat-Herder from the rest. Contained within impeachable high walls, The Fortress allows you to dance your cares away, safe from attack. As grand as its name, it’s a fitting venue for the musical royalty that will grace this stage.


  • Trash Manor

 The courtyard to this stately home only hints at the carnage that must be going on within. A place where the glitterati gather day and night for illicit fun.


  • The Illustrious society

 Make sure you bring your tails and top hat – exclusive entry into the ‘Illustrious Society’ doesn’t come easy but is well worth the hit. Who knows what debauchery goes on here, it must be seen to be believed.


URB and BathMedia will be bringing you all the highlights from this weekend, along with interviews and much more.

To find out more about Beat-Herder follow this link: http://beatherder.co.uk




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