The barmiest festival in all the land, the treasured Beat-Herder returns in 2017 with its unrivalled eccentric party in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire. Having recently announced the likes of Sleaford Mods, Trentemøller, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Toots and the Maytals, David Rodigan (MBE) and The Sugarhill Gang for this year’s event, Beat-Herder can now announce details of the second wave of artists to be added to the bill.
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.
In addition, Plump DJs will be bringing their four-deck live show to The Ring – an homage to the legend of John Pratt, a local man said to be over 8ft tall and reputedly with the strength of ten men. Also confirmed are Playaz legend DJ Hype and bass music stalwart Holy Goof, who join previously announced headliner High Contrast.
The Toil Trees stage is the beating heart of the festival. Discovering this special place will lead you back in time to where it all began; an electrifying party in the woods. A stage surrounded by unspoiled pine trees, it’s a favourite meeting place for revellers to grab a beer, discover secret venues, or simply take in the magical surroundings. Set to release his new solo album ‘Electric Lines’ later this month, Hot Chip / 2 Bears man Joe Goddard is set to be a highlight with his dancefloor-inspired leftfield pop.
Also boosting the stage’s already compelling line-up is James Holroyd, surely the only person to have held residencies at both Bugged Out and Back To Basics while also touring with The Chemical Brothers. They both join the likes of Faithless, Shadow Child, Jackmaster and Skream on a burgeoning all-star line-up that’s fast cementing 2017 as a vintage year for the Toil Trees.
With their dark-humoured, politically-charged post-punk, Cabbage are the perfect foil for the Trash Manor – Beat-Herder’s broad-church of randomness, where punk and house converse amiably with reggae, hip-hop rubs-along with techno, whilst funk and rockabilly sip cocktails together in the corner where anything great goes. Testament to this, on Saturday, it’ll be the turn of Manchester underground bass music legend Chimpo to take over alongside purveyors of ‘cosmic dross’, Henge.
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 twelve-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.