Yorkshire is turning yellow to celebrate the arrival of the world’s biggest cycling race, the Tour de France. Journeying through Leeds, Harrogate, York and Sheffield before heading on to London, crowds will gather on the route in their thousands to catch a glimpse. Nestled in the tranquil spot of Muker in Swaledale, King of the Mountains Festival sits in prime position to watch the riders climb the notoriously difficult Buttertubs Pass.
Taking their name from the spotted jersey won in the race, King of The Mountains is a chance to soak up the atmosphere of ‘Le Tour’ alongside celebration of all things Yorkshire. Local bands take centre stage alongside headliners Dry the River and BBC Radio DJ Huw Stephens. Refreshments are provided by local eateries including Mrs Atha’s, Crepe Lucette, Yorkshire Dales Brewery. The Village Fete will keep children busy with music workshops, sheep judging and a chance to make your own Tour de France video with Leeds College of Art. While adults can work off their hangovers with a morning yoga session or an Indian head massage.
After the excitement of ‘Le Tour’, this is also a chance to kick back and catch some great music in a beautiful setting. Our tips for acts to look out for are; singer-song writers Sam Airey and Jasmine Kennedy, the hotly tipped Goodbye Chanel, Sheffield natives Hey Sholay and the wild energy of The Witch Hunt.
Bringing true Yorkshire spirit to this very French race, King of the Mountains Festival is going to be a memorable weekend. See you in the hills!
For full listings of bands and activities throughout the weekend, please visit the website.
Please note that due to traffic congestion expected surround the Tour de France race on Saturday 5th July 2014 visitors to King of the Mountains Festival will be able to enter the site from Thursday. For details of road closures and travel restrictions over the weekend please visit the website.