Competition Beacons Festival: Jamie Woon, Toddla T, Willy Mason
A new four-day festival sets up home in Skipton this August covering everything from dubstep, grime, post-rock and folk
Competition: Beacons Festival: Jamie Woon, Toddla T, Willy Mason
A combined effort by the promoters of the now defunct Moor Music Festival – Leeds promoters The Iron Wagon (who book bands at Nation of Shopkeepers and Brudenell Social Club) and the 580 Collective (who’ve worked on Field Day and Nasty Fest and set up Leeds alternative nights Bad Sneakers and Pigs) – Beacons Festival is a brand new music and arts festival held in the magnificent Yorkshire Dales.
The festival runs from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th August and brings with it a huge array of hotly-tipped, much-hyped and extremely diverse bands, with each day having its own particular feel to it.
It all kicks off on Thursday night where the festival will be opened by Sheffield and Leeds band The Crookes, and will also feature electro trio Filthy Dukes, eclectic hip-hop from Joe Goddard (of Hot Chip) associate Dels, and Sunderland’s Frankie & the Heartstrings (pictured above) closing the evening with their tuneful indie rock.
The first full day comes on Friday 12th, a day that has something of a dubstep feel through a number of the acts. Of the 20 bands on the bill, a fair few are from our own city, including slacker-types Wonderswan, must-be-seen-to-be-believed one man band Juffage, quirky multi-instrumentalists Milk White White Teeth, techno-cum-post-rock from worriedaboutsatan, and big thrashy riffs from That Fucking Tank.
The national acts are impressive too, with “tribal electro” from My Tiger My Timing, dynamic popsters Swimming, melancholy laidback hip-hop from Ghostpoet, floorfillers Optimo, post-dubstep from Mount Kimbie, then a set from Manchester’s legendary Mr Scruff.
The final two acts on the Friday are Jamie xx (pictured above), who first found fame as the producer from The xx before branching out on his own, remixing the stunning final album from Gil Scott-Heron and crafting an album of his own. The Friday closes with Jamie Woon (pictured top), a whole new type of songwriter, with smooth vocals, smart synths and twisted beats.
Saturday is, perhaps, the rockier of the four days, although the headliner comes from quite a different field. Lower down the bill you have Leeds’ hardcore types Eagulls and local pop from Blood Oranges, then later on you’ve got Jamie xx’s best mate, the fantastically monickered Fantastic Mr Fox, another leading light on the dubstep scene. Leeds is represented higher up the bill too, with sunny surf rock from Spectrals and intelligent post-rock from I Like Trains.
Intelligent British rock comes in the shape of slacker-pop types Mazes, quirky angular Mancunians Dutch Uncles, the brilliant live show of post-punkers Dananananaykroyd (pictured above), and Scottish kraut-rock influenced post-punk in the shape of The Phantom Band.
The night finishes off with Toddla T (pictured above), Sheffield’s sometime Radio 1 DJ who blends retro ska beats with reggae vocals and electro dance.
After all that, you’re going to be ready for a quieter Sunday, and Beacons delivers with a slightly more laidback line-up. The day opens with local duo The Horn The Hunt doing poppy lo-fi indie rock. More local music comes in the shape of one man band Napoleon IIIrd, who creates a sound reminiscent of Animal Collective with reel-to-reel tapes, loops, delays and all manner of instruments. Also from round these parts, Runners create smart electronic music while paying attention to putting on a proper show and local folk musician Serious Sam Barrett blends his Yorkshire upbringing with a strong sense of traditional Americana.
As with the rest of the festival, the Sunday out-of-towners are an impressive bunch too. Benjamin Francis Leftwich (pictured above) is a hotly-tipped singer-songwriter whose laidback music should suit the magnificent landscape perfectly, Manchester DJ/producer Andy Votel will be showing his huge (and eclectic) record collection, Tom Williams and the Boat will bring a swagger and a snarl to the folk scene, and Emmy The Great‘s smart lyrics and catchy songs should keep you on the up.
Things get a little more discordant with Polar Bear with Jyager, a collaboration between the sometimes abrasive freeform jazz of Polar Bear and the hip-hop MC. Bringing a different kind of abrasion are The Cave Singers, who create classic American folk-rock with a scuzzy bite. Scotland’s The Twilight Sad do huge morose post-rock soundscapes with broad accented vocals telling tales of misery and death.
Finally, the live music ends with Willy Mason (pictured above), who is probably still best known for 2004’s heartbreaking ‘Oxygen’. He’s been going strong since that release though, producing a series of EPs while working on his third album. His country music has a vintage feel, while remaining relevant.
So, that’s your music covered. What else is there? Well, you’re in the Yorkshire Dales, so you’ll be blessed with good views. Families will be pleased to hear that the festival is child friendly, with plenty of kids’ activities available. There will also be local food and drink, stalls, entertainment, fancy dress, a cinema tent, a vintage fair, farmers’ market and plenty more besides.
11-14 August, Heslaker Farm, near Carleton, Skipton, BD23 3AB.
Adult weekend ticket £69.50; day ticket £30; adult and teen weekend ticket £99.50, 12 and under, free; Sunday family ticket £15
For tickets and full line-up see www.greetingsfrombeacons.com
We have a pair of tickets for Beacons to give away to one lucky reader.
For a chance of winning, just answer this simple question:
What is the name of Mr Scruff’s second album?
Competition closes 1st August
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Comments on Competition: Beacons Festival: Jamie Woon, Toddla T, Willy Mason
Comment by Gary HarveyPosted on Tue 12th Jul 11 8:42 pm
Would love 2 win this one please
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