Beacons Festival is evolving, moving from Skipton to Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool.
Beacons Festival, now named Beacons Metro, had the small home of Skipton until it set its sights on bigger and better places. As of 2015, it will move to Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, and host an array of events including film, music, art, and food.
Beacons Metro spokesman Simon Stevens said, 'Beacons Festival will bidding farewell to the green fields and valleys of the Yorkshire Dales to take up a series of exciting residencies in Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool'. Lots of thought and consideration has obviously gone into the decision to move the festival, but ultimately the choice was a brilliant one, as the three cities are three of Northern Englang's most vibrant and creative cities. They are perfect for Beacons Metro festival.
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Talking to the artists... Small festivals don't necessarily mean an inferior line-up as was more than proved at the quaint Beacons Festival 2013 in the Yorkshire Dales town of Skipton. We caught up with Ghostpoet before his Friday set (which was definitely a weekend highlight!) where he confessed that he'd 'changed in many ways and some of it may have been for the better and some of it not' over the last year but still doesn't think of himself as 'being successful'. He also talked about working with Melo-X and his fondness for documenting interesting cars on Instagram. Read the full interview here.
NYPC have abandoned their former moniker of New York Pony Club as they have gone through quite a rebirth since the departure of former band member Lou Hayter. 'We've taken what we've perceived as being the strongest elements of the previous two albums and tried to make them into something which is mature and progressive', Tahita Bulmer told us in an interview when we caught up with them to talk about their new self-titled album. She also didn't hesititate to tell all about NYPC's touring adventures - including their trip to the 'amazing' and 'unspoilt' Kazakhstan. Read the full interview here.
Beacons Festival returned to the scenic Yorkshire Dales at Skipton's Heslaker Farm once again for the August 16 - 18 weekend bringing music, food, arts and a host of other treats to an audience that have travelled from much further afield than the outskirts of Yorkshire. After a triumphant, sun-soaked return following difficulties in previous years, the return of Beacons Festival was one met with eager anticipation and with such an impressive line-up announced, the pressure was on for the festival to succeed and deliver once again.
As campers battled to put up their tents during the sporadic showers on Thursday night, the warm return of the sun on Friday morning was a much needed boost for the festival, one that stuck around for most of the duration, bar a soggy Saturday. Futuresound competition winners Battle Lines opened up the Noisey 'You've Got To Hear This' stage and ultimately brought the festival itself to life with a raw and invigorating performance. Expect big things from this young Leeds band. As the day went on, the scope and size of the festival really became apparent, and a walk across the campsite to the 'other' part of the festival arena to see Mickey P Kerr's hilarious set at the ELFM stage really put into perspective what the festival organisers were trying to achieve. The camping area and the arena itself almost melded into one designated area that brought an expansive festival atmosphere to a relatively small area. At no point did anything seem squashed together or unsoundly designed, as the overlapping elements of the festival only ever made it seem cosier, and never uncomfortably snug. It was encouraging to know that from the get go you were at a festival that was determined to not oversell itself to ensure that the festivities didn't suffer as a result. Money might not be everything after all.
Before finally leaving the ELFM stage on the other side of the arena following King No-One's fantastic semi-acoustic set, it was back to the main arena to check out the stalls and stands that offered something a little different for the festival connoisseur; from art exhibits and craft courses, whiskey tasting workshops and a smorgasbord of food (oh, the food!) options for any palate. As the night drew closer, festival returnee Ghostpoet was on hand to bring his leisurely flow to the main stage with a rapturous set, but there was little time to hang around afterwards as Oneman was about to begin what would turn out to be one of the defining performances of the weekend. The DJ rarely disappoints with his sets and his Friday night set (the first hour of it at least) was packed with banger after banger. Whilst the prospect of seeing Bonobo may have been too much to ignore for some, Canadian punk rockers F****d Up were far too tempting and choosing them over Bonobo and the rest of Oneman's set may have been the best decision made all weekend. Opening with the first two tracks from 2011's seminal album David Comes To Life, mixing in a few oldies for good measure and even playing a brand new song, the set had people moshing at the front and boogying at the back. The pressure was on from there on to beat F****d Up as the best performers of the weekend, and it was a task that many nearly achieved, but few succeeded in coming close.
Continue reading: Beacons Festival - 2013 Live Review
Ghostpoet (born Obaro Ejimiwe) makes his second appearance at Skipton's Beacons Festival in as many years, returning as one of the top-billed artists and one of the most-looked-forward-to acts over the course of the three-day event. After a whirlwind 12 months, there was more than enough to run through with the Mercury-nominated artist, with extensive tours and a new album all falling between his two Beacons performances. We managed to catch up with him before his set on Friday night to talk touring, his new album and cars.
It's your second year at Beacons, how does it feel to be back?
Yeah, it's nice to be back, it's a good place.
Is there a particular attraction to smaller festivals over the bigger ones?
It depends really, it depends. I'm not drawn to anything in particular really; all I want to do is play for people. So, yeah, if someone gives me the opportunity to play, I play.
Continue reading: Ghostpoet - Interview
Skipton's Heslaker Farm will be once again hosting one of the North of England's finest small festivals when Beacons Festival 2013 pitches up its tents in the scenic Yorkshire Dales. Bringing some of the alternative music scene's best up and coming talent, mixed in with some of the best DJs in the world today and a host of more established acts, the Dales will be rocking again on August 16 - 18.
One of the most refreshing parts of Beacons 2012 was its celebration of local talent, with a plethora of Yorkshire-based musicians joining up with some internationally recognised stars and in 2013 that is still very much the case. For nearly fifteen years, Leeds-born Bonobo has been one of the most sought-after and appreciated down-tempo, trip hop producers in the world and when he takes to the main stage at Beacons, you know that it's going to be a big occasion. One of the Leeds music scene's fastest rising and most promising bands in years, Hookworms, will be returning to Skipton to bring their brand of psychedelic, fuzzy rock. Bradford MC and Don't Flop's biggest success story to date, Lunar C will bring his marmite-like flow with him to the fest, joining a collection of rising hip hop stars including festival returnee Ghostpoet and one of the rap game's most watched stars today: the unmistakable Danny Brown.
London/Bedford folk-rockers Wolf People will also feel right at home when they return to the Dales, having recorded their acclaimed, April 2013-released sophomore album Fain in the North Yorkshire Dales. Nottingham-formed Childhood look like one of the bands to go check out before they end up headlining the festival, with the young indie rockers already whipping up a frenzy of anticipation with only a handful of songs recorded by them already. Headliners Django Django really tie up the UK connection (and that's without mentioning any of the mouth-watering array of DJs lined up) and may very well perform THE show of the weekend.
Continue reading: Beacons Festival - 2013 Preview
Beacons Festival, located in scenic Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales, has been fraught with issues in the past, mostly of the time down to the typical British summer weather. This year, after a year of absence, the diminutive festival was back and this time it had a point to prove. With people arriving in their droves on Thursday, the festivities got underway immediately and thankfully, for once, the weather looked as though it was going to hold up.
Continue reading: Beacons Festival, 2012 Live Review
Beacons Festival is the latest edition to the ever expanding Northern Festival calendar and looks like it's set to potentially forge a great name for itself. Originally scheduled to be held in 2011, the festival was cancelled at the last minute due to unforeseen heavy flooding. 2012 will see the festival take place on the same site, just on much higher ground.
Continue reading: Beacons Festival, 2012 Preview