Beacons is a small festival with its 2500 capacity but this year it has proved more than ever that it’s giving the big players a run for their money. With a focus on ‘cutting edge’ arts and music it’s built a reputation for hosting a diverse selection of acts. Despite some erratic weather looming (and all the mud that comes along with it) music fans of all walks have made their way to hilly Skipton with the promise of a top line-up ranging from pop to punk and everything in between.
Lovers of dance music have much to look forward to in the Resident Advisor tent throughout the weekend. Following the success of his recent LP Drone Logic, Daniel Avery is a Friday night must-see. Likewise, there’s an eclectic mix of exciting acts to choose from at the other stages. From the sweet folk ditties of Sweet Baboo to the unapologetically filthy Fat White Family, Beacons is a heaven for new music devotees who are more interested in the quality of the acts they see than sticking to a genre.
Daytime acts see the energetic Joanna Gruesome give a fiery performance to get the crowd surfers started early. FAMY kick off their set with sunny, beachy sounds before descending into a heartfelt rendition of their most recent single, Ava.
Like anything hailing from Yorkshire, Beacons is fiercely proud of its region, heralding a selection of Leeds’ finest drinking spots transported from the city to the field. Whitelocks (the oldest pub in Leeds) has a tent offering a disproportionately large range of real ales and lagers to challenge even the hardest of drinkers.
Similarly, local lads Adult Jazz play to what appears to be an already dedicated fan-base. Their playful lyrics, twitching guitar riffs and textured sounds invoke a sunny atmosphere in the crowd, kicking off Saturday evening perfectly. Their set exudes the confidence of a band on their third LP rather than their debut.
As night-time falls, exceptional artists delight audiences across the weekend. Daughter are spine-tingling gorgeous, with rich vocals and atmospheric drumbeats.
Over at the DIY Argyll stage, King Creosote’s deliciously haunting vocals hang in the evening air, set against a lush green backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales. For fans of soulful sounds, Joan as Policewoman is an act not to be missed, delivering a stage presence as gorgeously sultry as her beautiful voice.
Later still in the Loud and Quiet tent, Jon Hopkins delivers an exceptional set laced with endorphin inducing rhythms, driving electronica and racing visuals for the Saturday evening. In contrast for the Sunday, Darkside hit the perfect centre point between dance and guitar based music with their Pink Floyd inspired sounds. Moody and atmospheric they play amidst theatrical lighting- the perfect finish to a fantastic weekend.