Preview: Beacons Festival

It's second time lucky for the determined organisers of Beacons Festival. Cancelled due to flooding last year, Beacons has now moved to higher (and even prettier) ground on the Funkirk estate in the Yorkshire Dales. With a boutique capacity of 2,500 and a line-up rich with local talent, Beacons is keeping the bohemian DIY aesthetic alive. Non-musical highlights include zine workshops, documentary screenings, communal singing lessons and cabaret for young and old alike, all washed down with a pint of local ale.

The headliners represent the diversity of the bill, with UKhip-hop hero Roots Manuva playing Friday, superior indie from Wild Beasts on the Saturday and reggae legends Toots and the Maytals bringing some guaranteed sunshine on Sunday. Other big acts include an acoustic set from the always impressive Patrick Wolf and the Mercury Prize nominated (but don't let that put you off) rapper Ghostpoet playing on Saturday. His unique, mumbling delivery style should entice people across the healing quarter as they try to work out what he's going on about. 

The line-up is also stuffed with top dance acts, so be prepared to boogie in your wellies to the likes  of Bristol's Julio Bashmore, first lady of house Maya Jane Coles, and garage duo (and flavour of the month) Disclosure. Lunice promises something special, watch a live clip on YouTube to see a man who likes to breakdance between records. Not your average DJ set. For something a bit more minimal, Mount Kimbie's spooky dubstep translates into something blissful live.

Be sure to catch East Midlandsheroes The Wave Pictures on Friday. Now on their TWELTH album, they're an extremely charming live prospect with their warm and witty songs. With his only UK festival appearance, King Krule has been making a noise on various notable music blogs, so go and see what all the fuss is about and experience his dreamy, alt-pop sound in person. Coming all the way from Canada, Japandroids have just released their second album of savage garage cuts, Celebration Rock. The live show promises to be as fun as it is loud.     

Highlights amongst the local acts come in the form of the promising Eagulls (check out the feedback and shimmering chords of “Moulting” on their Soundcloud) and shoegazers Hookworms. There will be lots of talent from Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford andYork during the festival, so there'll be plenty of chances to get a flavour of theYorkshire scene for outsiders.  

With so many genres represented, a family friendly atmosphere and fancy dress encouraged (this year's theme is 'All the fun of the fair', so prep those sequins and face paints), Beacons promises to be a mini-Glastonbury with a trulyYorkshirespirit. Grab a ticket here and go Up North on 17th - 19th August, it certainly won't be grim.   

- Alex Gillham


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