Beat-Herder weekender announce 2019 line upFestival | 09.03.2019
Beat-Herder, the weirdest, wildest and most wonderful party in the UK festival calendar, announces its first names for 2019, running from 12th – 14th July. After selling out of tickets in record time in 2018, 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, live acts & comedians, and surprises aplenty.
Originating from free party roots, over its fourteenth-year history, Beat-Herder has become known as one of the last-remaining, independent bastions of electronic music, featuring drum & bass, psytrance, techno, and house music. Renowned for uniting disparate subcultures, this year’s line-up reads as a celebration of electronic music in its many forms.
Headlining the main stage this year are the dominating Drum & Bass sounds of widely successful British 4-piece, Rudimental; alongside celebrated dance music pioneers Groove Armada, whose 15 year career has been marked by huge singles ‘Superstylin’ and ‘I See You Baby’ and phenomenal worldwide success. They’re joined by dance legends Basement Jaxx (DJ set), who rose from underground house music sensations to chart-topping, BRIT-award winners, with huge dance floor-pleasers ‘Romeo’, ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ and ‘Do Your Thing’.
Seminal hip-hop group The SugarHill Gang & Melle Mel & Scorpio Furious Five also join the party at the main stage, alongside eclectic, extraterrestrial beat-makers Henge; 14-piece live spectacle Dutty Moonshine Big Band; and local favourites The Lancashire Hotpots. The hugely popular electronic band Dub Pistols have been tearing up festival stages for 20 years; and Opiuo will be bringing his ghetto-funk live show to the Ribble Valley, amongst many more to be announced.
Confirmed for the Toil Trees stage, a majestic woodland setting and the beating heart of Beat-Herder, revellers can expect the bass-orientated, garage-influenced sounds of DJ/producer Hannah Wants; a dubstep pioneer and one of the UK’s best loved selectors Skream; and Australian upstart Sonny Fodera, who is best known for his technical wizardry on the decks. Joining them are Solid Grooves label boss Michael Bibi; DJ Mag’s breakthrough producer Latmun; Swedish DJ/producer and Power Plant Records label honcho La Fleur; and prolific producer Purple Disco Machine, whose massive hit ‘Dished (Male Stripper)’ had everyone dancing all Summer long in 2018; all set to grace this legendary stage.
The aptly named Fortress, a monstrous construction of corrugated iron, is the refuge of Beat-Herder’s most hardcore revellers. Featuring fire-spewing turrets, the Fortress will host Metalheadz maestro Benny L; Rinse FM DJ Chris Lorenzo, pioneering ‘House & Bass’ sounds straight out of his hometown of Birmingham; real-life brother duo Phibes known for their high-powered, energetic live sets and party mixes; and Brazilian producer/DJ and Hospital Recs’ S.P.Y, amongst others.
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.