In the north of England there is a limited selection of festivals to choose from. Many would argue that it has Leeds festival, what more do you need? However, if moshing with 16 year olds isn’t your scene you might be wondering where to go, the short answer is Beacons Festival. Set in the beautiful North Yorkshire setting of Skipton a rapidly growing festival for music enthusiasts is gaining a reputation as being one of this summers hottest festivals.

Last years line up is a who’s who of 2013’s hottest artists, featuring both bands and dj’s alike, including Disclosure, Jessie Ware, Julio Bashmore, Wild Beasts and TNGHTs Lunice. It is fair to say then that there is something for everyone, and this year its bigger and better.

This years line up pays homage to the explosion of house music whilst also offering some of the most highly regarded bands around. Bonobo headlining Friday night is enough of a reason to attend, fresh from the release of his new album which is riddled with intricate percussion that is sure to mesmerise and melodies to hypnotise. Whilst the beautifully crafted sounds of Local Natives can be guaranteed to woo with their beautiful folky rock, and now with their critically acclaimed second album recently released can ensure that they have a catalogue of songs to please. Sunday night sees the energetic and alternative Django Django, undoubtedly clad in their questionable shirts, their high tempo lively music is sure to have Beacons ready to Hail Bop. 

The headliners alone offer something for everything, but when searching through the rest of the line up you are spoilt for choice. Performances from John Talabot, SBTRKT and the legendary David Rodigan MBE are sure to please those purists of Dance and Electronic. 

True to its reputation Beacons also has to offer some incredibly exciting new acts. Representing the increasing resurgence of Hip Hop, is Danny Brown. The 32 year old has been around for a good few years now building a loyal and dedicated fan base which has given him a platform to explode from, and with his new album and festival slots like this one at Beacons, it is un-doubtable that the only way is up. 

Other noteworthy acts that should definitely not be missed include Gold Panda, recently announced Vondlepark, the incredibly youthful and equally exciting duo, that are Bondax make the short journey from Lancaster and Lulu James, a women who blends radio ready future pop with beautiful soul.

If all the music gets too much or you wish something a bit different Beacons can deliver, with a real emphasis on arts there is the wonderful Into the woods tent bringing cinema, theatre and even whiskey tasting! 

Overall then, Beacons is a festival that cannot be missed. Few UK festivals can promise such a strong line up within a level of intimacy that Beacons can and confirming that Skipton is the place to be this Summer!

Words: Adam Gardiner


AuthorDuncan Harrison