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Beat-Herder 2012

Another weekend Ė another mudbath, but unlike last weekendís Sunrise Celebration this was a much more enjoyable affair. Iíve eulogised long and hard in the past about how Beat-Herder goes through a wonderful process of evolution each year and this year was no exception with a new Parish Church to add to the growing list of fantastic quirky venues and also a ferris wheel so punters could enjoy a birds eye view of the site.

Heavy rain the day before the festival and thundery showers throughout made it slippery & difficult getting through the main thoroughfares and we also had to wait several hours to be towed out on the Monday. But the site is compact enough for this not to be a major inconvenience and the main stage area held up remarkably well, as did most of the indoor venues which generally benefitted from matted flooring.

Headliners Orbital put on an imperious performance on the Saturday night, ably supported by dance/rock crossover starlets The Whip. On the Friday we were treated to Death In Vegas who Iíve not seen since Glastonbury 2000. Mr Scruff did his usual mammoth Sunday session in the Toiltrees and The Beat and Lee Scratch Perry had us dancing into the night.

I had 3 moans last year and Iím delighted to say that all were fully addressed this year. The haphazard car park queuing system was ditched, the litter situation in the arena was infinitely better & the main stage toilets were repositioned to the bottom of the hill and emptied regularly to prevent the overflows of previous years. However my major gripe from 2010 returned with everybody being subjected to intrusive searches every time they entered the arena. The resulting queues meant that people waited for more than an hour at peak times and missed headline performances as a result. This really needs to be sorted out by the organisers!

There was the usual excellent selection of food stalls. A couple of favourites from previous years have disappeared to be replaced by equally enjoyable fare and the new Thai food kitchen in the Perfumed Garden proved fantastic value at £5 for a whopping portion of chicken curry. As usual there were 2 quaffable ales from the Bowland Brewery plus the festival cider. Prices were up at £3:50 a pint but in fairness thatís the least you will pay at most festivals these days. The fancy dress theme had moved on to the letter ďAĒ and there were Arabs, Air Hostesses, Astronauts and Aardvarks galore! All in all another memorable weekend in Beatherdershire.
Gladiator Ready!
Gladiator Ready!
On The Decks In The Working Mens Club
On The Decks In The Working Mens Club
Mystery Band On The Main Stage
Mystery Band On The Main Stage
Baaa!
Baaa!
First Visit To Toiltrees
First Visit To Toiltrees
Taking A Flyer
Taking A Flyer
Dayglo 1
Dayglo 1
Dayglo 2
Dayglo 2
Woodland Beastie
Woodland Beastie
John Tree
John Tree
Perfumed Garden Open For Business
Perfumed Garden Open For Business
Trailertrash Robot
Trailertrash Robot
Match Of The Day
Match Of The Day
The Lizard Returns
The Lizard Returns
Stee
Stee
Death In Vegas
Death In Vegas
Parov Stelar
Parov Stelar
Fiddling Foxes
Fiddling Foxes
We All LOVE Beat-Herder
We All LOVE Beat-Herder
Caricatures
Caricatures
To Hebden & Beyond!
To Hebden & Beyond!
Banana Sessions
Banana Sessions
The New Parish Church
The New Parish Church
And The More Familiar Shopping Arcade
And The More Familiar Shopping Arcade
Smerins Anti Social Club
Smerins Anti Social Club
Queueing Again!
Queueing Again!
Unnecessary!
Unnecessary!
Take A Pew
Take A Pew
The Whip
The Whip
All In One Camoflage
All In One Camoflage
He's Got His Head On Wrong!
He's Got His Head On Wrong!
Orbital
Orbital
Stunning Lights
Stunning Lights
I Think She Enjoyed It
I Think She Enjoyed It
Ant People
Ant People
Ellen
Ellen
& The Escapades
& The Escapades
Stan's Magic Foot
Stan's Magic Foot
The Very Talented Lucy Spraggan
The Very Talented Lucy Spraggan
It's Not Beat-Herder Without Some Hotpot
It's Not Beat-Herder Without Some Hotpot
Grinny Grandad
Grinny Grandad
In For A Service
In For A Service
Incarcerated
Incarcerated
Enjoying Mr Scruff
Enjoying Mr Scruff
Going Underground
Going Underground
Playing In The Dirt
Playing In The Dirt
Birdo Alert!
Birdo Alert!
The Beat
The Beat
Rankin' Roger
Rankin' Roger
Age Concern
Age Concern
Lee Scratch Perry
Lee Scratch Perry
Rave On...& On...& On...
Rave On...& On...& On...