Boutique event twinkles in summer’s festival crown

Beacons Festival
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As the dust settles on the summer’s first round of musical mayhem, independent arts festival Beacons beckons like a twinkling gem in an overcrowded festival crown.

The boutique event returns to the Skipton dales for a second year with its oversized hipster playground, promising cutting edge bands, daily yoga workouts, screen printing workshops and the best of Leeds’ foodie outlets.

Bonobo, Ghostpoet and Local Natives will pop up on Heslaker Farm’s small but perfectly formed stages between August 16 and 18, alongside Detroit rapper, Danny Brown and Mercury nominated Django Django – proving you don’t have to fork out a Glasto-sized wedge to see top acts .

Expect a packed out tent when cult director Shane Meadows hosts a Q&A on his latest film, The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, and plan for dawn dancing with DJ talent Floating Points, SBTRKT and James Holden.

Festival booker, Ash Kowalski, said: “This year we have bigger tents, better facilities and improved areas. Personally I’m really looking forward to seeing Danny Brown, his performance is a major coup for us.

“We have lots of new attractions planned and anticipating another sellout, so don’t leave it too late if you are planning on buying a ticket.”

Organisers revealed there are just a handful of tickets left for the family-friendly festival, which has doubled in size since last year’s success.

Tickets cost £99.50 and are available at or in person from Jumbo, Crash Records and Urban Outfitters in Leeds.