Is this a family festival?
No, this is a music festival!
Having said that, we have a large, well equipped and properly staffed children's area within the festival, as well as plenty to entertain children of all ages across the whole site.
Many people bring children along and have a great time, but please remember that you need to be over 25 if you are bringing anyone under 18 with you (up to a max. of 2 U18s).
Please also remember that adults making the most of a music festival can sometimes be a bit intimidating to the young and uninitiated, especially later in the evening.Back to Top
Can I bring my dog?
No! Beat-Herder is held on a working farm and this is at the specific request of the landowner.
Anyone bringing a dog or other pet (guide dogs or other assistance dogs excepted) to the site will be refused admission and asked to leave.Back to Top
What's the fancy dress theme this year?
I've forgotten to get a car pass/live in vehicle pass. What can I do?
Can we bring a gas heater for our tent?
Due to a recent spate of devastating carbon monoxide poisonings in tents around the UK, we have now a complete ban on gas bottles being used inside any tents. This applies for both heating or cooking.
Please ensure all cooking is done in a well ventilated porch or gazebo or, better still, completely outside your tent.
A much safer solution to the problem of keeping warm at night would be a decent thick duvet or sleeping bag and a roll mat. These options are often cheaper than buying a gas heater and are definitely safer and permitted at the festival.Back to Top
How much are tickets?
Adult tickets for 2017 start at £105 plus booking fee.
Tickets are priced in tiers from 1 - 4, all of which are exactly the same with the same entitlements, the only difference is the price. Further information about ticket prices and availability can be found here.
We encourage you to get your tickets early to avoid paying the higher prices, or if you're feeling flush and would prefer someone on skimpier means to get hold of a cheaper ticket, maybe plump straight for a higher tiered ticket.
The price of all Adult Tickets this year is inclusive of a £5 refundable litter bond. More information on this is available here.Back to Top
I've booked a ticket and paid a deposit. When do I need to pay the remaining balance?
When do tickets go on sale?
I've paid for my tickets, but they haven't arrived - help!
Do you offer tickets for under 18s?
Yes, but we call them a Youth Ticket (age 13-17), Child Ticket (2-12) and an Infant Ticket (under 2).
Anyone under the age of 18 will only be allowed entry to the festival with a 'Responsible Adult' (who has to be over the age of 25 and who can accompany up to a MAXIMUM of two under 18s).
To ensure compliance with our Child Protection Policy, there are some terms and conditions associated with buying Youth Tickets. These can be viewed here.Back to Top
What's with the booking fee?
This fee covers the payment fees, order processing and ticket printing. We negotiate ferociously to ensure these are as low as possible.Back to Top
Why can't I buy a tier 1 or 2 ticket on the deposit scheme/payment plan?
Beat-Herder relies on early ticket sales to bring in money to begin booking acts and artists and paying the deposits on the festival infrastructure. The lower priced tiers are there as an incentive to buy your ticket early. We don't offer the deposit scheme or payment plan on these tiers as they don't bring in the early cash we need to organise the event.
forget Beat-Herder is a small and independent event, we don't have any financial backers and rely on ticket sales to make the event what it is!Back to Top
Can I buy my tickets from any shops?
You can get your tickets from the following independent record shops;
Action Records - Preston
Astonishing Sounds - Burnley
Crash Records - Leeds
Eastern Bloc Records - Manchester
Electron Records - Burnley
Jumbo Records - Leeds
The Disc - Bradford
Townsend Records - Clitheroe, Blackburn & Chorley
Piccadilly Records - Manchester
Replay - Kendal
Sound It Out - Cleveland
Tickets Scotland - Edinburgh & Glasgow
Vinyl Eddie - York
Vinyl Tap - Huddersfield
Vinyl Vintage - Morecambe
3b Records - Liverpool
How much is booze onsite?
Beat-Herder has several well stocked bars selling everything you'd expect. There's also an underground vodka bar, a couple of cocktail venues, a prosecco bar and even a shack dedicated to Absinthe, so most angles are covered. Prices, where possible, will be no more than in your local.Back to Top
What food is available at the festival and how much is it?
Loads of food.
Expect a decent array of different food vendors, catering for all tastes and dietary requirements.
We offer all our traders fair pitch prices with an understanding that this fairness is passed on to the customer.Back to Top
Can I leave the site during the festival?
We'd advise you time this so you're avoiding unnecessary queues, Friday afternoon or evening would be a nightmare, Saturday and Sunday are quieter!Back to Top
Disabled loos and access?
Can I get to/from Beat-Herder by taxi?
There will be a taxi rank on site - look out for the yellow caravan!
Minibuses and coaches 01254 672338
Clitheroe Taxis 01200 444444
Burnley Taxis 01282 777247
Accrington Taxis 01254 388888
If you need any information or have any problems with any of the above please call 07435972251Back to Top
What time does the festival start?
The festival site will be open from 9.00am on Friday 14th July 2017.
The arena and entertainment starts at 4.00pm, giving you plenty of time to make camp beforehand.Back to Top
Need a lift or got a spare place in your car?
What's the postcode for GPS?
Try BB7 4LH. It's the other side of the road but the nearest you will get.Back to Top
Can we arrive on Thursday?
I'm afraid not, the camp-site opens at 9am on the Friday. We will be running around like headless chickens, getting everything ready for you, on the Thursday. Also insurance, security & licence are issues which will not allow. Sorry.
Last year someone recommended a camp-site at West Bradford approximately 2 miles from the festival site called Three Rivers. Apparently the facilities are first class and the location is beautiful.Back to Top
What buses go past the festival site?
There is a regular bus service that passes the festival gates, the X80. This runs along the A59 from Preston in the West to Skipton out East. More info and timestables in the links below:Back to Top
Do I have to pay to park my car?
Yes. It costs only £12 for the weekend.
Bring a car full of folk and it'll only be a couple of quid each, plus you can share the fuel costs, save the environment, and wear a rightfully smug grin as you arrive.Back to Top
Is there a family camping area?
We try to encourage those who prefer things a bit quieter to head towards the furthest fields. These areas generally have a bit more room too as they require a bit more effort to get there. (it's not miles away though - maybe a few hundred meters further).Back to Top
Do you offer any 'boutique camping' options?
Yes we do!
We have teamed up with our close friend Mr (Tommy) Thompson. He's a local tent maker and is offering the use of his bell tents and yurts as boutique accommodation at the festival - sited in their own exclusive compound, accessed only by those with special wristbands. The area will have hot showers and flushing toilets. Prices vary - depending on size and requirements.
For more info on other Camping Under the Stars options please get in touch with Tommy directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07966392381. You can see some of Tommy's work by visiting his website.Back to Top
Are camp fires allowed?
You are not allowed to make your own fires in the camp-site (or anywhere else at the festival), but we do have a great big fire pit within a stone circle in the main arena.Back to Top
Can I bring a camper van or caravan?
Yep, although you'll need a specific pass, depending on what you're bringing. We have passes for campervans up to 6 meters long, passes for those over 6 meters long and passes for cars towing caravans. You can get the pass that you need when you buy your tickets.Back to Top
How many additional tents can have next to my live-in vehicle?
You are allowed one tent or awning per live-in vehicle pass you have paid for, but only if it is totally necessary for children.
The tent/awning must arrive with the live-in vehicle, not in a separate vehicle. Please be aware that space is very tight.Back to Top
Can I camp next to my car?
We have separate car park and camping fields. You'll have to carry your stuff from one to the other. Don't worry though, these are not far apart.Back to Top
Can I sleep in my car?
The live-in vehicle area at Beat-Herder is just for 'proper' campervans and caravans.
We are sorry but we just don't have the space for cars and work vans and the extra congestion results in big delays getting off site on Monday morning.
Please don't spend the extra money on a live-In vehicle pass if you don't meet the criteria, as you will not be allowed within the specified area and you won't be able to set up camp in the car park either.Back to Top
I'm registered disabled, can I have a free carers pass?
Yes, but we will need to issue this through prior arrangement. Please get in touch with Nicola@beatherder.co.uk, who will sort it out. We will require proof of DWP DLA benefit, and request that you leave it no later than the end of May to get in touch. We'll also do our best to arrange any special requirements.Back to Top
What facilities will you provide for disabled visitors?
As always, there will be disabled toilets in the main arena and camping areas. This year we have a separate camping area with a charging tent for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. This area is close to the arena entrance and will be for both tents and campervans, users can have their cars close by. If you would like to use this area, or have any other requirements, please get in touch with Nicola@beatherder.co.uk before the end of May 2016.Back to Top
Can we pay on the gate?
Are there cash points onsite?
There will be cash machines on site this year so there is no need to bring lots of cash to the festival. There will be a small charge for this service.Back to Top
Are there property lock ups onsite?
Yes, yes and yes.
Event Locker Solutions will be providing a fancy locker service this year. Availability is limited but places can be secured, in advance, when buying your tickets.
Please remember that valuables are best left at home but kept on your person or in a locker, if completely essential to bring with you.Back to Top
Are there showers onsite?
Yep. There are a few options, including 'the more fun showers' (cold) and some primo hot showers, which are cleaned between uses (there's a small charge for these).Back to Top
Who's playing this year?
Is there a fancy dress day/night?
Why of course.
Saturday Night is fancy dress night (but you can dress fancy all weekend if you're feelin' it)!
The Fancy Dress theme for The Beat-Herder Festival 2017 is the fantastic letter D. We've always loved the letter D.
So, anything beginning with a D... Anything at all... Like dinosaurs, ducks, dice, dominoes and many, many more.
What are you coming as for this one??Back to Top
What time does the music stop?
The main stage performances finish at around midnight on Friday and Saturday, with the other areas/venues winding down between 3 and 4 in the morning.
On Sunday night all areas wind down for midnight.Back to Top
Can we perform at the festival?
Please see the get involved section of this website.
Every year we offer slots to unsigned and unknown acts. If you're interested in performing, we ask that you use our online application - rather than emailing in. We receive thousands of email requests every year and often they get lost in our inbox.Back to Top
Can I have a stall at Beat-Herder?
Are there restrictions on bringing booze?
You can bring as much alcohol as you like into the camping areas.
Alcohol brought from the campsite/live-in vehicle and boutique camping areas into the main arena will be limited to 4 cans or a reasonable equivalent in other vessels.
We currently don't restrict the amount of trips you make back and forth with alcohol, but please don't forget, Beat-Herder is self funded and bar sales contribute hugely to the continuation of the event. Our prices are reasonable - no more than in your local pub. Oh, and our drinks are served cold, not like your tent-warmed four pack!
Glass is NOT ALLOWED in the main arena (we'd prefer it if you didn't bring it into the camping areas either, if possible please).Back to Top
What's the litter bond all about?
In an effort to improve on the state of the campsites after the festival, this year we are introducing a £5 refundable litter bond. This £5 is added to the price of all adult tickets at the point of sale and will be refunded at the festival when the ticket holder presents a full bag of rubbish at one of the litter bond stations. These will be located in both the campsite and the campervan fields. A special wristband will be provided upon arrival at the festival, this will ensure only one refund per ticket holder.
Bin bags will be available free of charge at the festival. This waste will go through an off site recycling facility, so waste can be mixed.Back to Top