Tom Vek, Jamie XX, Summer Camp, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Dog Is Dead, Jamie Woon... Just a snippet of the musical goodness going on this weekend, and if you’re looking for somewhere to get your wellingtons into then this is your best bet; Beacons Festival! This year sees its first ever weekend of live music, art, film and fun in the stunning Yorkshire Dales.

A beautiful location needs some good stuff to fill it up, and with a vast line up, cinema, live art installations, pubs, good food (Yorkshire food is always the best) and vintage fairs you can pretty much tick off everything that makes a weekend in the dales worth the journey.

It’s not often that a new festival gathers so much excitement and hype, and with the festival season truly underway Beacons is looking pretty darn good. You’ll be paying much less than the rest (at £69.50 for a weekend ticket – steal!) and it really does look like the best.

Kicking off on Thursday night Frankie & The Heartstrings will grace the main stage and set the tone for what is going to be Beacons debut. For the rest of the weekend, 3 whole days of music, from the likes of Toddla T, Mount Kimbie, Mr Scruff (playing for 5 hours!), Man Like Me, Ghostpoet, The Phantom Band, Dutch Uncles, Mazes, Fantastic Mr Fox and loads more. For those who want to potter around and be all arty, you can join in with the 72 hour ‘Impossible Lecture’ and mix yourself with the Woolgather art installations and activities. Then, of course, the party will continue bringing some of the best alternative club nights from Leeds and Sheffield (both being my home; GAME TIME and Club Pony are favourites of mine), various DJs and films to keep you wide awake.

So, let’s hope Beacons can live up to the hype and start off on a high. I’m already far too giddy and I’ll be back to report on everything... just give me a couple of days to recover.

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