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Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. The fancy dress theme for The Beat-Herder Festival 2020 will be revealed later on in the year.

  4. If you have already bought your festival tickets but not your vehicle passes then contact Ticketline asap on 0161 813 2222 (with your booking reference).

    If you are bringing a vehicle to Beat-Herder you need to make sure that you have bought the correct pass before you arrive.

    Live-in vehicle passes sell out each year and so you need to make sure you have purchased one before you arrive.

    Car park passes can be purchased on arrival for £40 (which is more than if you buy in advance) and will delay entry.

  5. 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.

Buying and Receiving Tickets

  1. Adult tickets for Beat-Herder 2020 start @ £120 plus booking fee and postage. Tickets are on sale from Wednesday 31st July 2019.

  2. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 31 July 2019 at 09:00 and can be purchased here!

  3. Tickets won't be posted out until a few weeks before the event. If it's already a few weeks before the event and you're still waiting, please give Ticketline a call on 0161 813 2222 and they should be able to help you further.

  4. 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). Youth, Child or Infant tickets are printed as a combined ticket with the responsible Adult ticket. The person named on the Adult ticket must therefore arrive and enter the festival with the Youth(s), Child(s) or Infant(s)

    To ensure compliance with our Child Protection Policy, there are some terms and conditions associated with buying Youth Tickets. Points 2 to 9 of the terms and conditions can be viewed here.

  5. Ticketline have launched their own ticket exchange website - Fanticks. This is the only way we allow unwanted tickets to be sold on. All tickets are now named and proof of ID is required on entrance, so please don't sell on tickets on other sites - the name on the ticket will be incorrect and entry will be refused.

  6. This fee covers the payment fees, order processing and ticket printing.

  7. 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 payment plans on these tiers as they don't bring in the early cash we need to organise the event.

    Don't 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.

  8. The full name of each ticket-holder is required when booking so that the wristband is linked directly to each individual, ensuring that if a wristband becomes lost, or broken during the event, getting a replacement is an easy process.

    In recent years we have also seen an increase in attempts to enter the festival with stolen, resold and forged wristbands. This is something we take seriously and this process will make these attempts far more difficult.

    All data collected during the buying process is securely handled and will only ever be used by Ticketline and/or Beat-Herder.

The Festival Site

  1. Beat-Herder has loads of 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 pub, and you can even earn free booze by keeping the place tidy.

  2. Yes, you can.

    There is a dedicated kiosk within the festival that you can buy these things from. The location of the tobacco hut is on the map in the programme (or just ask the nice security people to point you in the right direction).

  3. 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.

  4. Yes!

    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!

  5. Each year we make considerable improvements to site access for all. We have fully accessible facilities in the both the campsite and the main arena. Please click on this link for information about accessibility at Beat-Herder.

Getting to the Festival

  1. Here are a few number to get you started.

    Minibuses and coaches 01254 672338

    Clitheroe Taxis 01254 888288

    Burnley Taxis 01282 777247

    Accrington Taxis 01254 388888

  2. It depends on what ticket you have bought...

    For Thursday Entry ticket holders, the festival site will be open from 10am on Thursday 16th July 2020.

    For Friday Entry ticket holders, the festival site will be open from 9.00am on Friday 17th July 2020.

  3. Facebook is the best place to request or offer lifts.

  4. Try BB7 4LH. It's the other side of the road but the nearest you will get.

  5. There is a regular bus service that passes the festival gates, the 280 (operated by Stagecoach). This runs along the A59 from Preston in the West to Skipton out East (no service on Sundays). More info and timetables here.

  6. Yes. It costs only £15 (when bought in advance) for the weekend.

    Car park passes can be purchased on arrival but cost £40 on arrival and will delay entry.

    Live-in vehicle passes sell out each year and so you need to make sure you have purchased one before you arrive. If you don't have the right live in vehicle pass you will be turned away.

    Bring a car full of folk and it'll only be a few quid each, plus you can share the fuel costs, save the environment, and wear a rightfully smug grin as you arrive.

Camping, Caravans and Camper Vans

  1. Not specifically.

    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).

  2. 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, click here

  3. No!

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. You are allowed one tent or awning per live-in vehicle pass you have paid for.

    The tent/awning must arrive with the live-in vehicle, not in a separate vehicle. Please be aware that space is very tight.

  6. No.

    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.

  7. 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.

Accessibility Queries

  1. We operate a Personal Assistant ticket scheme which provides an additional ticket free of charge for people who wouldn’t be able to come to the festival without bringing a personal assistant with them. We will need to agree a PA ticket based on your eligibility and through prior arrangement.

    Please click here for more info on how to apply.

    We ask that you leave it no later than the end of May to apply. We'll also do our best to arrange any special requirements you may have.

  2. Please click on this link for information about accessibility at Beat-Herder.


  1. Only if we have tickets left.

    Beat-Herder has sold out in advance for the last fourteen years, so this unlikely.

    Make sure you don't miss out and get your tickets here!

  2. 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.

  3. Yes, yes and yes.

    Event Locker Solutions will be providing a fancy locker service again this year. Availability and size of storage 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.

  4. 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).

  5. All artists that are playing will be listed within the line up page, as soon as they are confirmed.

    You can find out also find out about line up releases, as we announce them, through facebook, twitter and instagram.

  6. 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 2020 will be revealed later on in the year.

  7. Thursday's entertainment will finish around midnight.

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Please see the get involved section of this website for information about applying to trade at the festival.

  10. Alcohol can ONLY BE BROUGHT IN ON YOUR 1st ENTRY WHEN YOU GET YOUR WRISTBAND. Once you have your wristband you cannot bring more into the festival.

    For 2020, you can bring in 1 crate of cans (up to 24 pack) OR 1 box of wine OR 1 bottle of decanted spirits (up to 1.5L).

    You can drink it wherever you like on site, not just in the campsite. Oh and if you run out, our bars sell the cheapest and best booze on the festival calendar, and you can even earn free booze by keeping the place tidy.

    Glass is NOT ALLOWED on site and will be confiscated, so please look for drinks in alternative packaging or decant your drinks before you leave home.