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Beat-Herder Festival 2017

Starts: 14th Jul 2017

The barmiest festival in all the land, the treasured Beat-Herder returns in 2017 with its unrivalled and eccentric party in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire.


Start Date

14th Jul 2017

End Date

16th Jul 2017


Sawley, Clitheroe


Crystal Fighters, Sleaford Mods, Kelis, Trentemøller, Toots and the Maytals, The Sugar Hill Gang, David Rodian, Lee Scratch Perry


One of the few remaining independent festivals in the UK, Beat-Herder is a place where different musical tribes congregate as one. Throughout the event's 12 year history, they have united the subcultures of dance music and beyond: dub, reggae, house, psytrance, techno, indie, rock, psychedelic, drum & bass and dubstep are all presented across 21 stages.

Leading the charge are Crystal Fighters, who have been confirmed as Friday night’s main stage headliners. As demonstrated on their current album ‘Everything is My Family’, Crystal Fighters’ intoxicating cocktail of psychedelia and energising folktronica perfectly encapsulates Beat-Herder’s celebratory multi-genre and cross-cultural vibe.
Also joining the main stage on Friday are two artists who share an individualistic approach to music. The iconic Kelis provides the main support to Crystal Fighters with her freewheeling take on R&B, soul and electro-pop, while the day also showcases the otherworldly pop of hotly-tipped teen duo Let’s Eat Grandma.
A giant steel citadel complete with fire-spewing turrets, The Fortress is one of the most striking sets that you’ll see at any festival. It’s the perfect venue in which to lose yourself to an enviable bill of talent which now adds Scottish techno legend Paul Taylor, pioneering rave legends Altern-8, Underwater and Detone boss Darren Emerson, former Hacienda resident Graeme Park, forward-thinking electro innovator Justin Robertson and Manchester’s bass-heavy techno duo Solardo, who will be commandeering a Fortress Takeover on Friday night.

At Beat-Herder, the music is only just the beginning of the experience. Renowned for its entirely handmade site, which is lovingly crafted from scratch, the eccentric creators source unusual materials to conjure up unique and impressive elements and stages to explore and discover. At a time when all festivals have started to look the same, there is truly no other like Beat-Herder. Testament to their scrupulous attention to detail, they are previous winners of the 'Extra Festival Activity Award' at the UK Festival Awards which 'recognise that extra bit of attention to detail that creates magical and unforgettable experiences'.

Expect underground tunnels to find and crawl through, a hidden heated swimming pool, hot tubs, vintage cars to dance on, a fairground complete with ferris wheel, taxidermy workshops, chainsaw carving, Christmas crackers, fancy dress, conga lines, talent competitions, pink discos, tattoos, fireworks displays and a church - complete with Sunday Service and (unofficial) marriages. If a wedding isn't on the cards, find the on-site dating facilities or vibrator engraving instead!

Originating from roots as a DIY free party on the Northern moors in 2006, the creators of Beat-Herder were inspired to design an intimate party in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire, an area of charming natural beauty and the perfect festival backdrop.

Beat-Herder continues to exist as it did then; uncompromising, unwavering and distinguished by an overwhelming sense of community. Its reputation as one of the friendliest festivals around, can be attributed to its loyal followers; a hybrid demographic of friends, couples, families and individuals alike, many of whom have grown with the festival, creating new memories with each passing year.

Unparalleled, unorthodox and unflinchingly bonkers, Beat-Herder's arms are open wide to welcome one and all in 2017.

Disabled Facilities

Each year we make considerable improvements to site access for all. We have full disabled facilities in the campsite and the main arena.


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