This year’s Beat Herder is just around the corner now – due to welcome revellers within its gates from 18-20 July. Outside of the headline grabbers of 2ManyDJs, Happy Mondays and Vitalic, they always have room to showcase lesser known artists from the North West , a policy that has been retained from its very first outing back in 2006.
This year their line-up features a host of acts representing Manchester’s shores. On the bands front, there’s a return for indie pop rockers The Loungs after a three-year hiatus and we also recommend Debt Records signees Snow Apple, indie shoegazers Patterns, acoustic hip hopper with a grin Gideon Conn and of course the beanie wearing Chorltonite Badly Drawn Boy.
Looking at the electronic music on the bill, Beat Herder favourite Vieka and avant-garde drumming animal Paddy Steer both join the fun, while on the bigger soundsystems they have Dub Smugglers, Dub Phizix & Strategy, unreal Stockport DJ Mr Scruff and a live set for Herbal Sessions and Gnod cohort Raikes Parade. Add to the list a full band show for hip hop wordsmith Skittles and reggae stalwarts Nucleus Roots and it’s a sizeable Manchester contingent.
Of our other picks, jazz duo Colman Brothers visit on the back of a debut album via the excellent Wah Wah 45s label and our issue 7 interviewees The Orb are lining up a live show for the Sunday.
Try squeezing all that into your weekend.
We’ve teamed up with Beat Herder to secure a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky Now Then Manchester reader. All you have to do to enter the competition is to like and share the image via this link (making sure it’s set to ‘public’ so we can see that you’ve entered).
We’ll notify the winner on Friday 11 July. Good luck!
Words: Ian Pennington
Images: courtesy of Beat Herder
For more information on the line-up and tickets, visit the Beat Herder website.