Beat-Herder Festival announces first wave of acts for 2022
Beat Herderthe weirdest, craziest and happiest party on the UK festival calendar announces its first line-up names for 2022, from July 14-17.
After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with heartbreaking postponements, Beat-Herder is back and brimming with enthusiasm to deliver exactly what the world needs and what its devotees deserve: an escapee technicolor party in Lancashire’s lush Ribble Valley.
Back to celebrate Beat-Herder’s delay 15th anniversarythousands of avid and dedicated revelers returned their tickets, making this year extra special by bringing together the biggest festival family in a highly anticipated comeback, for which only final tier tickets remain.
Described as ‘the best party of the summer’ (The Mirror), Beat-Herder’s reputation precedes it as a hedonistic haven of joy. Legendary Event Boasts Over 20 whimsical stages, world-class DJs, concerts and comedians, and plenty of surprises. This year is the first time that the festival will take place over four days, the site opens Thursday, July 14 for an intimate gathering of those lucky enough to grab the very limited tickets for an extra day of unbridled revelry.
Beat-Herder lives on as it did when it started as a free DIY party in 1998: uncompromising, unwavering, and distinguished by an overwhelming sense of community. Its reputation as one of the friendliest festivals around can be attributed to its loyal followers – friends and families who create new memories to cherish in a bold and crazy atmosphere every summer.
Celebrating electronic music in its many forms, Beat-Herder is thrilled to make its first line-up announcement for 2022. main stage this year and promising an electric live is one of music’s greatest living legends Nile Rodgers & CHIC. With a musical catalog that transcends generations and whose creative prowess knows no borders, expect the stage to ignite with monumental hits such as “Le Freak”, “Good Times” and “Everybody Dance”. .
Also appearing this year are reggae icons The Wailerswhose music was, and is, defining the culture: rebellious hearts with brave souls embodying the spirit of reggae that defined the 70s era. They are joined by dancefloor revelers hot chip, known for their electric live performances and cited by The Guardian as the ‘the greatest British pop band of their generation’. They’ll be armed with their collection of earworm hits, including “Over and Over” and “Ready for the Floor.”
Sensational and innovative electronic act Public service broadcasting also join the main stage party. Their haunting live AV transmissions see them weave electronic music with historic audio and film footage, and will be a must-see event. One of the UK’s most beloved DJs, Craig Charles will perform his captivating Funk & Soul show live at Beat-Herder this summer; alongside the original reggae selector and soundclash champion David Rodigan.
Singer and guitarist of the rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for searing, inspired guitar solos. He performs alongside Cassie, who will deliver their euphoric and carnivalesque indie-pop sounds. The hugely popular electronic band dub guns, who have been tearing up festival stages for over 20 years, are confirmed; as well as otherworldly ravers Hengewinners of the distinction of “Best Live Act” at the Independent Festival Awards.
Unconventional punk rockers Warmduscher bring their irrepressible, raucous energy to the main stage; next to Ibibio sound machine, whose distinctive clash of African and electronic music promises vibrant Afro-funk. Post-punk, multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer LoneLady also joins the celebrations, among many more to be announced.
Confirmed for trees of labor scene, the cradle and beating heart of Beat-Herder set in a majestic wood, is the legend of techno Alan Fitzpatrick whose captivating sets propelled his award-winning career on an upward trajectory. Also confirmed are one of the country’s best-known DJs, HAAI, whose exhilarating sets mix techno, breaks and 90s rave; alongside a dubstep pioneer and a distinctive experimental techno producer Twist, “one of dance music’s most captivating live performers” (DJ Mag), who performs live.
Joining them with his distinctive techno, house and rave soundclash is a rising DJ and producer. Reprimand; alongside a key figure in London’s underground LGBTQ+ club scene and DJ, producer and live artist, ABSOLUTE. Peterborough tech house DJ Alisha, who counts RuPaul among his many fans; and Derry-born DJ, producer and label boss Céad Or: thewho recently celebrated winning Best DJ at DJ Mag’s Best of British Awards 2021, also brings his genre-spanning sets to the magical heart of Beat-Herder.
The well named Fortress, a monstrous construction of corrugated iron, is the refuge of the most die-hard Beat-Herder partiers. Equipped with fire-spitting turrets, the fortress will welcome, icon of drums and bass and king of the dancefloor, Danny Byrd; alongside the master of reinvention, visionary producer, label owner and DJ dance system. Joining them is a drum and bass pioneer DJ Hype and one of the UK’s most exciting new producers, Berlin-based Irish-born DJ Sally C whose 80s and 90s house sets Mixmag compared to a ‘Chicago Block Party 1988’, and Lancashire local, and resident of Rinse FM Effyamong others.
Reflecting the mystical heritage of the Ribble Valley, the ring is a sacred arena where all genres converge in a melting pot of past, present and future. A 100-foot-diameter mound of earth accessed via a giant Stonehenge-style entrance, it’s the perfect place to capture the innovators of the original stadium home, Utah Saints, whose sampling of everything from Eurythmics to Kate Bush made it one of the first crossover sensations of the genre. BBC Radio 6’s innovative DJ Jamz Supernova will take to the decks with his avant-garde mix of alternative RnB, global club sounds and left-wing electronics, while world-renowned DJ Krafty Kut, respected for his highly technical turntablism, will deliver a meticulously crafted set.
To Trash Mansion, expect an eclectic and eccentric court of mayhem, where the 2020Vision boss and a top electronic figurehead Ralph Lawson will spin a myriad of house music. Performance is also Greg Wilsonwho is widely credited as the godfather of Manchester’s electronic music scene in the early 1980s and who played a pivotal role in the development of British club culture.
Factory is a two-level arena that you can point into, but never exit. Looking a bit like Studio 54 transported 40 years into the future and 3500 miles to the east, it’s the perfect backdrop to host the lovingly created remix project and party. Fleetmac wood. With exclusive remixes and edits made for the dance floor, this DJ set and audiovisual show is not a tribute act, but a rave that reframes the music of Fleetwood Mac, taking you through disco, techno, house and everything else.
Music is only part of the experience at Beat-Herder. Completely handmade from scratch, the stages stand out as something truly bespoke in the increasingly cookie-cutter festival landscape. This attention to detail creates an immersive world full of alluring and intriguing creative concepts, winning ‘Unique Festival Arena’ at the 2019 AIF Festival Awardsand the ‘Extra Festival Award’ at the UK Festival Awards, for “attention to detail and creating unforgettable festival experiences”. Where else would you challenge yourself to find the hidden, heated pool (which won the ‘Unique Festival Feature Award at Skiddle Awards 2019), or invite you to dance to drums and bass in a chapel?
If the beats and bartenders get a little too loud, patrons can slow the pace by lounging by the huge fire in the stone circle, sample one of the many workshops available, or sit back and enjoy nostalgic entertainment on its own site. club.
It’s no surprise that it’s cited as a “favorite festival” by so many. Experiencing Beat-Herder is like riding a roller coaster like no other. O
WHAT THE PRESS SAY
“An original party that plays on its rave roots.” – The Sunday Times
“Good times and solid tunes galore at this dependable, upbeat party.” – Free time
“Beat-Herder prides itself on being equal parts weird and wonderful.” – DJ Magazine
“Consistently voted one of the best shops in the country.” – Metro
“Beat-Herder, I really didn’t think you could do better. But this year has proven that you have so much more to give. See you in 2020, and every year thereafter. – the Big problem
“My favorite festival in the UK” – The crack
NILE RODGERS & CHIC
PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
CRAIG CHARLES FUNK & SOUL CLUB
BEN OTTEWILL (GOMEZ) | CASSIA | DUB GUNS | HENGE
IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | SINGLE LADY | HOT SHOWER
ABSOLUTE. • ADELPHI MUSIC FACTORY • ALISHA • ANNABEL FRASER • BIG MIZ
BKLAVA • CHARLIE TEE • DAN SHAKE • DANNY BYRD
DJ HYPE & DADDY EARL • DJ PAULETTE • DJ RAP • EFFY • GINA BREEZE • GREG WILSON HANNAH LAING • HOLLY LESTER • JAMZ SUPERNOVA • KRAFTY KUTS
KRYSKO • LAUREN LO SUNG • MARSHALL JEFFERSON • MARTIN IKIN • MIKEY DON
MOLLIE COLLINS • MOOQEE • MR SCRUFF • NORTH BASE • OR:LA • RALPH LAWSON
REBUKE • ROB DA BANK • RUF DUG • SALLY C • SARAH STORY • TC FT. JAKES • UTAH SAINTS
DEADLY BRASS | DREAM FREQUENCY | FLEETMAC WOOD | KANDA BONGO MAN KLONK | LAZY HABITS KOG | BULK ITEMS | MIK ARTISTIK’S EGO JOURNEY
TENTACLES OF OZRIC | LANCASHIRE HOTPOTS
LOVED • ANTARCTIC MONKEYS • DEFINITELY COULD • DRUM MACHINE
FANDJANGO JON DAWES • PLANTFOOD • PSYCHEDEREK • THE BOMO SWING
BAD BARBIE • BOE & LX • GAWP • HIPHOPPAPOTAMUS • MRS MAGOO
SHAKA LOVES YOU • SONNY WHARTON • X-RAY TED
& MORE SOON