Beat-Herder 2018 Festival Preview
The North-West’s most poorly guarded festival secret, Beat-Herder, is back once again with its now expected bout of bad behaviour.
The programme curated for this year’s party is nothing short of atomic, with some of the most influential underground (and overground) artists lining up to grace the stages of Beat-Herder between July 13th – 15th. We can tell you from first-hand experience just how good this boutique festival is, still talking about our previous excursion with our sonic shepherds 2 years on.
What happened last year?
It doesn’t matter if it was last year or the year before (or any of the eleven years prior to 2018, for that matter), Beat-Herder are a consistent bunch, so you’re guaranteed an amazing festival. Focusing on last year, in particular, the Ribble Valley festival saw performances from the likes of punk-hop duo Sleaford Mods, pressure dropping ska stars Toots & the Maytals, and the eternally energetic Dub Pistols. Organisers have a knack of putting a festival together that features an imaginative line-up, awesome surroundings, and a fully up-for-it herd of music lovers. 2017 was no different and 2018 won’t be either. Just…just go, you won’t regret a second.
Who isn’t? The line-up for this year features a multitude of artists, from the almighty kings of electronica who are Orbital, to the now seriously depleted-in-numbers S-Club 7 (who have changed their name to S-Club 3 to reflect the fact). Great to see that Bradley, Tina, and Jo are still reppin’ the noughties. Who needs the other four anyway, guys? Camelphat will be dealing out the chunky house over on the Toil Trees stage, and Mr Scruff is also set for an appearance with his upbeat teahouse vibes. Soulwax further that party atmosphere, while the Utah Saints bring their bass-heavy soundtrack to The Ring.
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Ones to Watch
Tom Page is currently one of the most important figureheads on Liverpool’s thriving techno scene. His night, tRiBe is one of the most forward-thinking in the city, never compromising substance over style. As a resident, Tom always sets the night up with one of his high-energy techno sets, pushing the darker, faster side of the sound. You need to witness his stint behind the wheels because we guarantee that minds will be blown. His tRiBe takeover at The Fortress is definitely worth sticking around for.
You may well know Madame Electrifie as Northampton’s very own DJ Little Jo. The Electrifie moniker is a vehicle through which Jo is able to marry together her many influences – which range from techno, through house and electro – with a vintage twist. If you want an example of Electrifie‘s unique sound, then check out her Moon mix, below. which is all-out blistering breaks (watch out for DJ Shadow drop). You can catch Madame Electrifie at The Ring stage.
The alter-ego of one Joshua Harvey, Hervé is well known for his bass heavy productions, not only under this guise, but also several others, including The Count of Monte Christal (his remix of Human Resource‘ Dominator is an absolute party banger), so you can expect him to be playing absolute fire when he hits the ring. His Ghettobass mixes are butterz, mate, as are his DJ sets, so you NEED to get down and catch a bit of the Cheap Thrills label head in action. Power moves guaranteed.
Can I still get tickets?
Yes! The last remaining Tier 4 tickets are up for grabs at £158.00 (inc. booking fee). We’d suggest snapping these up quick, though, as they won’t last long!