Festival fans from the north aren’t treated to that in the way of culture much, with Latitude, Bestival and Glastonbury all being based very much the opposite of north – in the south. However, with an already impressive line-up, this year’s Beacons Festival will be providing just that and hoping for better weather after last year’s cancellation. Beacons has now moved base to the higher and more picturesque ground of the Funkirk Estate in the Yorkshire Dales. Headliners Wild Beasts, Roots Manuva and Patrick Wolf showcase the diversity on display of this cutting edge grass roots music and arts festival.
Over its three days and four nights between 17th-19th August there will also be local talent from the Yorkshire area, giving outsiders a flavour of the local scene, promising the best from the areas club and gig venues – with help from the organisers of Field Day and Underage Festival. And given its family friendly spirit comparable to that of Camp Bestival, there is something for everyone, with enough attractions to put Disneyland to shame.
Not only does Beacons boast an impressive musical reverie in the likes of Bleeding Knees Club, Ghost Poet, Jessie Ware, Clock Opera and Frankie & The Heartstrings; Beacons provides a wave of attractions in the shape of Guerilla theatrics, leftfield party spaces and roaming performances from artists, activists, poets and prophets – as well as theatre, dance and a bespoke kids area. With a fancy dress theme of ‘All the Fun of the Fair’ and a boutique capacity of 2500, Beacons promises an intimate cultured affair with some added Yorkshire character
Words: Simon Herriott