Beat-Herder Festival announces second wave of acts for 2018

Beat-Herder, the weirdest, wildest and most wonderful party in the UK festival calendar, announces more big names for 2018. Running from July 13th – 15th, Beat-Herder will once again transform Lancashire’s Ribble Valley into a technicolour party and escapist’s utopia, with an array of 20+ whimsical stages, world-class DJs and surprises aplenty.

Having recently announced a diverse mix of live acts and DJs such as Orbital, Soulwax, Django Django, David Rodigan (MBE), Congo Natty, Patrick Topping, Denis Sulta, Ben Sims, Artwork and Fisher for this year’s event, Beat-Herder can now announce details of the second wave of artists to be added to the bill.

Leading the charge on the main stage are Morcheeba; the hypnotic 90s electronic outfit bring their blend of blissed out trip-hop to Beat-Herder for the first time. Joining them are celebrated Euro-Caribbean vocal group Boney M. The charismatic hit-makers will bring the psychedelic disco era to the main stage on Saturday.

Headlining the Toil Trees on Saturday night is one of the biggest tastemakers of the electronic music generation, BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong. Spanning a two-decade-long career, this icon of dance music will bring an experienced presence to the Toil Trees stage, the beating heart of the festival. He’ll be performing alongside a host of up & coming talent, including previously announced OC & Verde, one of his ‘New Names for 2018’, illustrating the stage’s celebration for both new talent and iconic stalwarts in equal measure.

Also confirmed is legendary house selector, producer, and Outcross Records label boss, Miguel Campbell, and closing Saturday night is Josh Butler, the Leeds DJ and producer who champions deep house, but whose influences mix a broad range of genres, from ambient to hard house.

Six-time world snooker champion Steve Davis and multi-instrumentalist and composer Kavus Torabi have been announced as the Trash Manor’s Saturday night headline – Beat-Herder’s courtyard of chaos, where punk and house converse amiably with reggae, hip-hop and techno. The duo will be spinning a b2b set comprising techno, psyche rock, and everything in between. Joining Greg Wilson at Trash Manor is ‘Credit to the Edit’ King, PEZA, who has had his ‘re-edits’ supported by everyone from Andrew Weatherall to Horse Meat Disco.

Joining already announced names Utah Saints, Jamz Supanova and Redlight in Beat-Herder’s sacred arena The Ring, is DJ Zinc. Known for his blistering drum & bass sets, DJ Zinc will headline Friday night, alongside party master A.Skillz, the Jam City boss will bring his dose of funk to proceedings. Whilst on Saturday night, the Derby-based trio Drumsound & Bassline Smith bring their self-professed ‘body slamming’ high energy to this spiritual stage where all genres converge.

All three headliners are now announced for The Perfumed Garden starting with the mythical, experimental band Gong who will take to the stage on Friday night. Following on Saturday night is MoodyManc, the DJ will dish out unearthly house music delights at this domed stage which brings music, food and drink under one roof from morning through night. DJ Hiphoppapotamus brings his celebrated sound-system to the Garden for Sunday night’s headline slot, spinning a mix of afro and Caribbean styles mixed with house, breaks and hip-hop.

Music is just part of the experience at Beat-Herder. Entirely handmade from scratch, the stages stand out as something truly different in the increasingly identikit festival landscape. That attention to detail creates an immersive world full of beguiling and intriguing creative concepts. Which other festivals give you the opportunity to explore underground tunnels, dance to drum and bass in a chapel or get inked in the functioning tattoo parlour? And if the hedonism gets a little too much, guests can slow the pace by lounging in the heated hidden swimming pool or enjoy some retro entertainment at the site’s very own working men’s club.

Beat-Herder continues to exist as it did back 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, couples and families who create new memories to cherish in a bold and barmy atmosphere each summer.

Tier 1 and 2 tickets have sold out. Tier 3 tickets are now available for £137.50 plus booking fee here. Glamping options are also available. The Beat-Herder Bombassador programme is also open, allowing loyal fans the chance to get free tickets and money-can’t-buy experiences.

Full line up:
ORBITAL / SOULWAX / DJANGO DJANGO / HIGH CONTRAST LIVE / DAVID RODIGAN / CONGO NATTY AND THE REZISTANCE LIVE / MORCHEEBA / BONEY M

DREADZONE / ELDERBROOK / HOOKWORMS / HOLLIE COOK / IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE / PINS / S CLUB 3

GONG / LONDON ASTROBEAT ORCHESTRA PERFORM TALKING HEADS BLACK LACE / HONEYFEET / THE LANCASHIRE HOTPOTS / PARK HOTEL MELLAH / LOYAL / GYPSIES OF BOHEMIA / HENGE / CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES THE SHODIGY / GOOD FOXY / HIPHOPPAPOTAMUS MOODYMANC / IVAN CAMPO / LOST COLOURS / MANSION OF SNAKES / ICHI / DRUM MACHINE / DEATBEATS

PATRICK TOPPING / PETE TONG / DENIS SULTA / ARTWORK / BEN SIMS / CAMELPHAT / DJ ZINC (& MC AD) / EROL ALKAN / REDLIGHT / SAM DIVINE

DEEKLINE / DRUMSOUND & BASSLINE SMITH / FISHER / FOALS DJ SET GREG WILSON / JAMES RUSKIN / JAMZ SUPERNOVA / LATE NITE TUFF GUY / MELLA DEE / MIGUEL CAMPBELL / MONKI / MR SCRUFF / STEVE DAVIS & KAVUS TORABI / UTAH SAINTS

A.SKILLZ / DJ FORMAT / ED SOLO / FREESTYLERS & NAVIGATOR / HAMMER HERVE ICARUS / JOSH BUTLER / KEVIN ROWLAND (DEXYS) / LAUREN LO SUNG / MARTEN HORGER / MUZI / OC & VERDE / PHIBES PIRATE COPY / RAY KEITH /THE RAGGA TWINS / TUFF LONDON

ALEX VIRGO / BOE & LX / BOMBSTRIKES SOUNDSYSTEM / CAMPO / DUB SMUGGLERS FISH & SHERRYS / GODDARD / GRACE SAVAGE / KRYSKO B2B GREG LORD / LOMAX & ANDERTON / MOOQUEE / NEON STEVE / PEZA SACHA SCHWARZ / SARA GARVEY / SUGARBEAT RESIDENTS / THE ALLERGIES THIS IS ACID / TOM PAGE / X-RAY TED / WHERE’S NORTH ? / CHARLA GREEN / DAVE HEATON / DJ JAKE DA LICK / BROCKOUT / DJ FELINE & FRIENDS / ZAHRA O’SHEA ICHI / RIVER ROOTS / MOTORMOUF HEAVY LEMO / DIGITAL FOUNDATION FT TOM SPIRALS / UNKNOWN ERA / GOT DAMN VOJTA / EM MUSTO (UNKNOWN ERA) / OLIVIA FERN / IVAN / CAMPO / MOBIUS LOOP / BIN BAG WISDOM / POCKET SIZE DAVE / FUSION BROTHERS / RYAN HARTLEY / CARLY G / THE / RAZERBILLS / PETE FOXON’S SOUL TRAIN / BD3’S / EDDIE EARTHQUAKE & THE TREMORS / FANDJANGO / ROCK BOTTOM RISERS / J BEAR & THE GIANTS / FOXES FAUX / SQUINTY MCQUINTY / MYSTI VALENTINE / ANDY PYETT / HEAVY MANOR / FRASER & BARRY JAZZ CLUB / EXE PROJECT / RED J BOB SICKNESS / LINDSAY WALSH / PEACH / CHAPTER 4 / CHRIS HOLT & PAUL THORNTON / KARL ROSCOE / BODIE / 7” SAL & SON / SANSKRIT COMMANDS / SCREECH ROCK / REV SCHNIDER & THE BAND OF ANGELS


Ian French
About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.