Preview: Beat-Herder Festival

Preview: Beat-Herder Festival

The ninth year of Beat-Herder brings with it an admirable reputation for beats and barminess.  In 2014, expect no different.  We hear that Goldie Lookin’ Chain will be giving a one-off performance, in an ‘authentic’ working men’s club – if you’re in to Welsh hip hop and miner strikes, it might be the best show you see all year.

Also announced on the bill are headliners Happy Mondays, who kind of seem as though they were made for Beat-Herder.  Or rather, Beat-Herder was made for them, since they’ve been around quite a lot longer.  Anyway, joining them as headliners are The Orb – God-fathers of ambient house, and Vitalic, whose galvanised electronic music will leave the entire woodlands throbbing.

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There’s also Boney M, who are responsible for such dance-worthy, sing-a-long classics as ‘Daddy Cool’, ‘Brown Girl in the Ring’, ‘Hooray!  Hooray!  It’s a Holi-holiday!’, ‘Rivers of Babylon’ and quite a few more.   The Bloody Beetroots complete the headliner ensemble as the youngest act of the lot, though describing yourself as an Italian electro house dance punk formation is probably something only feasible in the last decade or so.

Making their mark amongst veterans are Circulation favourites Wolf Alice – check out our interview with them least year.  Other big names include Austrian duo Klangkarussell, newcomer Bipolar Sunshine, and the ridiculous Riva Starr.  Check out the full line-up so far here.

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In the shadowy valley beside Pendle Hill, with fifteen unique, craftsmen-built stages, Beat-Herder is an explosive party waiting to happen.

Weekend tickets can be bought here.

Alice Lawrence