There are a large number of festivals in the United Kingdom this year and as the festival season approaches its nearly time for the beats and barminess to boom out of Dockber Farm in the Ribble Valley. We are of course talking about The Beat-Herder Festival 18th – 20th July 2014. The festival covers a huge range of genres including house, breakbeat, dub, reggae, drum & bass, psychedelic rock, folk and punk. Now into its eighth year this little festival which grew from the free parties held by the Toil Soundsystem has so far managed to maintain its independent spirit despite in the last few years becoming worldwide by attracting groups from France, Germany and Sweden. Last year saw Nile Rodgers and disco heroes Chic rock the Ribble valley and in 2012 Orbital chose it as the stage to give their latest album Wonky its first live performance.
The festival will feature many of the stages and boutiques which over the years have helped to establish a great balance between festivities in the day and night time indulgence. The Beat Herder stage will provide the main focus by providing a variety of sights and sounds during the day and into the evening showcasing live dance acts and music from the local area. This year Belgian brothers David and Stephen Dewaele of Soulwax fame will be showcasing their unique brand of impossible combinations of rockabilly tracks being mixed with disco, new wave or hip hop on the Beat Herder stage as they combine forces to become 2MANYDJs. Other acts you can expect to see on this stage over the weekend include The Bloody Beetroots, Boney M (feat Maizie Williams), The Orb (DJ set) and legendary alternative rockers The Happy Mondays will be closing festival.