Way back in 2006, the first Beat-Herder was hot. Hot like hotknives. The land was
baked like a biscuit and 1200 people came, enjoyed and partied really hard. There
were fewer areas back then. Toil Trees was the epicentre of the throng. We had a
tiny stage in the main field; there was Trailer Trash, there was Colin (Still the
best Reggae tent of the Northern hemisphere), a witch tent, a naked sauna and
couple of hippy food stalls. Since then...a colossal creation of some 16 additional
areas for music, 14 bars, 40 + stalls, fairgrounds... the list goes on. Mother
Beat-Herder has been busy.
Beat-Herder is different to other festivals; it is built on unconditional love and the
tireless efforts of many. From plants grown from seed, hand painted signs and flags,
restoring old cars, to homemade hymn books; the detail and creativity is endless.
Most of the stuff you will see here is unique to Beat-Herder. Like most things at
Beat-Herder, ideas begin with a crude sketch on a fag packet. We then get out a roll
of brown wrapping paper, tape to a table and begin scrawling random ideas, words and
pictures. We did this 10 years ago whilst conjuring up the name for the festival and,
after hours of scrawl, we all knew when Beat-Herder was written that it was the right name.
And so 10 years on, we all sit here with scribbles on fag packets and brown paper taped to
table –scratching out names of the countless individuals, organisations, groups n all that
who have contributed to making Beat-Herder what it is and who we want to say thank you to.
From painters, cake makers, tea brewers, musicians, quarrymen, seamstresses, welders, stone
carvers, tractor drivers, fencers, mechanics, singers, song writers, writers, DJs, welfare
workers, social workers, electricians, lifeguards, academic organisers, health and safety
experts, web designers, agents, performers, graphic designers, party makers, bookers, mothers,
fathers, lovers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters.... but more than anything, all you lovely
visitors that come, love, look after and make Beat-Herder.