The Beat-Herder Festival 2017

at Dockber Farm, Sawley

This event has been and gone.

This truly unique festival is the best party you've never been to. The truth is, Beat-Herder, a dance music festival at heart, is nothing short of amazing. There's not another place like Beat-Herder on Earth - The most spell-bindingly brilliant small festival in the land’ The Mirror

2017 will see The Beat-Herder Festival returning for its 12th year. Situated in the beautiful Ribble Valley, Lancashire, and described as a festival of beats and barminess. Previous live acts include: Basement Jaxx, Orbital, Leftfield, Todd Terje, Booka Shade, James, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Donovan, Jake Bugg, Riton, Clean Bandit, Jimmy Cliff, Lee ‘Scratch' Perry, The Happy Mondays, and Django Django. 2017's line up will be announced in the New Year.

Beat-Herder is well known for its unique venues; including The Fortress complete with towers, turrets and flame throwers, Pratty's Ring (a huge earth bowl apparently carved from the ground by local, shovel handed, legend ‘The Giant John Pratt').

The Street features not only a functioning church, hotel, and hair salon, but a tattooist where ‘lifers' demonstrate their allegiance with the Beat-Herder sheep tattoo. At its centre is The Woods; a magical arena at the heart of festival surrounded by huge swaying pines, and not forgetting the Beat-Herder and District Working Men's Social Club, hosting bingo and the hugely popular ‘Beat-Herder's Got Talent’ contest.

Toil Trees

The Fortress

The Factiory

Trash Manor

Perfumed Garden

  • Adrian Sherwood
  • Steve Barker
  • Transglobal Underground Sound System
  • Age Of Glass
  • Andy Robinson
  • Chris Price
  • Dirtbox Soundsytem DJs
  • DJ Fflyffilyfbybl
  • DJ Green
  • Drummie Dave
  • Earthdoctor
  • Fenny
  • Flash Atkins
  • Flipside
  • Gong Bath
  • Hedge Gods
  • John Haycock
  • John Paynter
  • John The Baptist & The Second Coming
  • John Tree
  • Kate Fear
  • Matthew Whittaker
  • Miss MCQ
  • Mister Tooley
  • Mrs Cakehead
  • Paul Darnborough
  • Phil Smith
  • Professor Lez Scott
  • Red Tin Dave
  • Skank Marvin
  • Stagger Lee Fisher
  • Stee Bowden
  • Steve Barker
  • The Consciousness Collective
  • The Goa Express
  • The Prog Wizard
  • Tirikilatops
  • Waka

The Beat-Herder & District Working Men's Social Club

The Bushrocker HiFi

Smoky Tentacles Shisha Lounge

The Snug

  • Bad Barbie
  • Deejay Random
  • Bob The Mullet's Punk Rock Despair
  • Dig Deep DJs
  • Dirtbox Soundsystem DJs
  • Disco Shiva
  • DJ EJ
  • Harrison Fraud
  • Perry Combover
  • Home Grown DJs
  • Ska Lextric
  • The Chicken Brothers
  • Tim Hamblin


The Parish Church

  • Bad Friday
  • DJ Clumsy
  • Father Blackburn
  • Father Ed Mahon
  • Heavenly Homegrown
  • Jesus Of Gazareth
  • The Archbishop Moomoos
  • Totally Tropical Sunday School Disco Zoo
  • Lil Lewis The Choir Boy
  • Luke Pope Preston
  • Mister Tooley
  • Acid Jesus
  • Matt Handy
  • Reverend Raz
  • Sister Joeley
  • The Church Barn Owl
  • Chris Massey
  • White Noise Mass(ive)


Crystal Fighters

Crystal Fighters appearing at this event

Combining Basque folk instruments with drum loops, heavy synths, and lilting vocals, Spain's Crystal Fighters formed after singer Laure Stockley recovered a diary of her deceased reclusive grandfather's while visiting his Basque country home. Inside his notebook was the skeleton of an incomplete opera, with what would become the future band's name as its title. Intent on completing the work and honoring her grandfather's legacy, she returned to London and enlisted the aid of friends Gilbert Vierich, Graham Dickson, Sebastian Pringle and Mimi Borelli, and together they worked to finish his opera. Along the way, they became inspired by the dark, folksy sounds of the Spanish instruments and, combining them with booming basslines, the band was born.

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Faithless Sound System

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DJ Hype

DJ Hype appearing at this event

DJ Hype (aka Kevin Ford) has been a master of drum n bass since the early nineties and still pulls in huge audiences today. Blending drum'n'bass, breakbeat, hip hop and jungle, his eclectic style and attention to detail have earned him Best Male DJ and best DJ Radio. He is also the founder of jungle label Ganja which hosts fellow DJs Krome and Zinc.

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Factory Floor

Factory Floor appearing at this event

As abrasively dark as artrock gets at the moment. Clanking and clanging rhythms recall the industrialisms of Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire but the droning repetition is a distinctly Germanic groove of Can and Neu. With searing guitars and rumbling bass the most obvious new wave relations are PiL, Wire and Gang of Four.

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Adrian Sherwood

Adrian Sherwood appearing at this event

The original crossover artist who pioneered the distinctive fusion of dub, rock and dance.

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Captain Hotknives

Captain Hotknives appearing at this event

Expect rhymes about forms of bread. Far better and lyrically adept than it has any right to be. Imagine the Lancashire Hotpots and Half Man Half Biscuit jamming with Johnny Cash!

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Mr Woodnote & Friends

Originating from Australia, Mr. Woodnote creates his bouncy beats, funky horn lines and fat bass lines all live on the spot with the aid of a loopstation and of course his artistry with a saxophone and as a human beat boxer, concocting a potent mix of jazz-infused hip hop and dub heavy basslines.

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Reginald D Hunter

Reginald D Hunter appearing at this event

Originally from the Deep South of the USA, and now one of the North West's favourite comics. Reg is one of the good guys of comedy. A hypnotic, smooth-talking, very human comedian who hits your funny bone with tales of love, hate, death and all that is in between. Reginald has been in the UK for just under two decades and in that time he has become one of the UK Comedy industry’s best-known performers for his distinctive take on subjects including race and sexuality. His work can be brutally honest and is often considered to be controversial but it is always meticulously thought out and he has never been afraid to face challenging issues head on even when the focus is on his own principles or beliefs. Reg has had a hugely successful career and has become a well-known face of primetime television shows such as Live At The Apollo, and is a frequent guest on Have I Got News For You. 'Searing social commentary, deep south wisdom and juicy punchlines' (The Independent) 'One of the comedy scene's leading players and a figure of rare authority' (The Daily Telegraph). “Stand-up comedy’s coolest customer” (Telegraph). “Reginald D Hunter joins the top rank of stand-up comedians working today…A comedian going for broke flying in the face of received opinion in a way that is simply exhilarating...this is comedy of a rare scope” (Times).

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Dockber Farm

  • Ribble Valley
  • Sawley
  • BB7 4LH

01535 611100