Beacons Festival Update 2011

Beacons Festival Update 2011

Greetings from Beacons, the brand new festival that's set to put the stunning Yorkshire Dales firmly on the musical map.

As the countdown to the festival begins in earnest, we're delighted to announce Sunday's headliner is none other than TOM VEK. The other headliners for the weekend are Jamie XX and Jamie Woon (Friday), Toddla T and Hudson Mowhawke (Saturday). It completes the fantastic line-up across the three day and four night extravaganza, which kicks off with a pre-festival party on Thursday 11 August starring indie tykes Frankie & The Heartstrings, hip hop star Dels, Filthy Dukes and The Crookes.

A brand new arts and music festival presented by Moor Music Festival, Iron Wagon and the 580 Collective, Beacons is proud to present a dynamic and exciting wealth of music, film and art with great, local food and drink too. Covering a broad range of diverse genres, Beacons can provide something for every fan of alternative music, with a line-up including Mount Kimbie, Dananananaykroyd, Summer Camp, Factory Floor, The Phantom Band, Dry The River, Polar Bear, Willy Mason, The Twilight Sad, Anika, The Apples, Ghostpoet, Wolf People, Dutch Uncles, Ramadanman, Mazes, Pariah, Demdike Stare, D/R/U/G/S, Star Slinger, Ducktails, Emmy The Great, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, iLiKETRAiNS, Islet, Fantastic Mr Fox, Napoleon IIIrd, Driver Drive Faster, Plank!, John Stammers, Golden Glow, Beat The Radar, Girl Unit and many more. The stellar roster of DJs includes Mr Scruff, Chris Geddes (Belle & Sebastian), Casper C, Andy Votel and Doug Shipton (Finders Keepers), Softpriest, Stopmaking Me and many more too.

The main stage is being hosted by The Stool Pigeon, marking the first time that the publication has teamed up with a festival. Other tents are being programmed by the folks from such revered venues and club nights as Modern Amusement from Leeds, Now Wave and Akoustik Anarkhy from Manchester; Club Pony and Bungalows & Bears from Sheffield and the Shipping Forecast and Revo from Liverpool.

Aside from the bands there's a secret cycle powered disco, a mojito bar, a beach, garden shed stage, treasure hunts, live art and fancy dress, plus live film rescores, spoken word, theatre, dance, and exclusive film programmes from Leeds Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Article Magazine. Ticket holders can also take part in craft workshops, yoga and dress up in the fancy dress parlour.

At this friendliest of festivals, Sunday is officially Family Fun Day. But The Ladybird Project will be on site all weekend creating a children's haven of workshops, activities and performances, including early morning films, lessons in pirate speak, mask making, face painting and games. Families are free to roam the other delights of the festival too, taking in traditional swing boats, roundabouts, a helter skelter and even a beach. Sunday-only parent and child (under 12) tickets are only £15 from - or for full weekend £69.50 with under 12s free for four nights and days with camping.

Situated in some of the country's most beautiful landscape; Beacons offers all this at the super-cheap price of £69.50 for the weekend. Who said it was grim up north?