Beacons 2012 is Yorkshire’s premier festival for discerning tastemakers
This summer’s unfortunate lack of sunshine has meant that festivals haven’t necessarily been the most picturesque destinations. Yet, armed with a pair of wellies and their trusty waterproofs, music-lovers have still turned up in their thousands to enjoy their favourite acts – rain or no rain.
While, in my opinion, attending a festival is the most fun you can have in a weekend, my recent experiences have left a lot to be desired in the aesthetics department, with muddy faces and littered fields becoming a recurring scene.
The best way to remedy this? A visit to what appears to be the best looking festival on offer this year.
From its beautifully designed website to the promise of coloured bunting and vintage campervans, Beacons Festival ranks highly in the beauty stakes. Helping matters is the fact that it is set in the stunning Yorkshire Dales among acres of green fields and, hopefully, blue skies.
Beacons isn’t resting on its natural beauty alone, with the help of local artists making it a Mecca of colour and creativity. Expect to see art installations among the trees, guerrilla theatre and stalls selling everything from gourmet treats to real ales.
The festival is not merely governed by who is playing on the main stage, but offers festival-goers a three day adventure among its different areas. Take a trip to the healing quarter and try Yogalates, or go Into The Woods – a place for ‘wild tales and fired imaginations’.
Yes , the line up is pretty impressive as well, with highlights including Wild Beasts, Roots Manuva and Toots And The Maytals, but Beacons is definitely not just about the music.
All we can hope for now is a sunny few days so that Beacon can shine in all it’s glory. But, should the unreliable British summertime decide to fail us again, it’s likely that this festival will still be looking good, whatever the weather.
Beacons Festival is being held Friday 17 August – Sunday 19 August in Funkirk Estate, Skipton.
For more information visit www.greetingsfrombeacons.com.
Some of the artists playing:
Image credit: Beacons