Exploring every corner at Beatherder

The streets of Beatherder
The streets of Beatherder

We’re asking people to step into something new - and they’ll be amazed by what they find.”

Summing up Beatherder in a sentence, the festival’s Nick Chambers can’t help but let his excitement show about what’s in store at this weekend’s event in the Ribble Valley. “Every year we do something new.

“We make every venue special, and people are blown away by each of the bespoke and unique arenas.

“Last year we introduced The Fortress and the Maison D’etre, and this year we’ve got The Ring which is curated and hosted by The Utah Saints, Sugarbeat and Bombstrike.

“It’s a huge earth mound with some colossal Stonehenge type entrances, and while The Fortress is an all day and all night long DJ arena, The Ring will host other things like swing dance lessons with tea and scones, comedy, and plenty of fun.”

Now in its ninth year, Beatherder has been compared to “an early Glastonbury”, and the organisers take pleasure in surprising and delighting festival goers each year with “feasts for the eyes and ears.”

“The trick with Beatherder is to get into every corner,” Nick said.

“We want to make really special memories for people, to take them away from normal life for a few days.”

Artists performing at the sold out festival this year include Happy Mondays, 2Many DJs, The Bloody Beetroots, Jagwar Ma, ABC, Boney M, James Lavelle, Adam F, Wolf Alice, Bipolar Sunshine, Badly Drawn Boy and Mr Scruff.

On the bill from the Lancaster area is The Lumberjack Cowboy Heartbreak Trucking Co, Dohnut, Lake Komo and Room Full of Mirrors.

Liam Maxwell, drummer in Lake Komo said: “We’re very excited to be playing Beat-herder this year, it’s our first time at the festival as a band and there’s a great lineup.

“We’re playing the Maison D’etre stage at 1.45pm on Saturday, and we’re looking forward to seeing acts such as Bipolar Sunshine, The 2 Bears and Jamie Brewer.”