It’s a Levellers playing field

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The final line-up for this year’s Beat-Herder festival has been revealed, with an eclectic list of additions to the bill.

Among the artists joining Basement Jaxx and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas will be veteran folk-punk rockers The Levellers, right, and early 80s Hacienda legend Greg Wilson.

The Levellers will close the festival on the Sunday night with what is sure to be an impassioned set.

From July 17-19 Beat-Herder will celebrate its 10th birthday – a landmark anniversary that marks their journey from humble free party origins to an annual three-day 12,000 capacity bonanza with a legion of devout fans.

Described by The Guardian as ‘wonderfully barmy and typically northern’, Beat-Herder is a rare find in today’s climate: a staunchly independent festival that stays true to its roots, completely shunning all corporate sponsorship or branding.

A dance festival at heart, with its roots firmly in electronic music old and new, the final wave of confirmed names for this year’s festival will keep it in the top rank.

Also announced were DJ, producer, remixer, club promoter and label founder Erol Alkan and his Phantasy cohort and Fabric resident Daniel Avery. 2020Vision head honcho Ralph Lawson and distinguished drum and bass stalwart turned in-demand house and techno producer Trevino will also play.

Baltimore house legend Maurice Fulton will join the anniversary celebrations alongside locally sourced homegrown talents including Tim Sheridan who has a long history playing at and promoting warehouse beach parties in Ibiza and his own Veryverywrongindeed parties across Europe and the UK.

Disco legend Greg Wilson will headline the Trailer Trash stage on Sunday night while live disco funkers Crazy P are confirmed to play the main stage on Sunday.

Over the last decade, Beat-Herder has come to be known for its unrivalled attention to detail when building the site. Built entirely from scratch by hand, the festival houses all manner of surprises at every twist and turn.

Each year unexpected new areas magically appear for festival-goers to stumble upon.

Last year’s new additions included a swimming pool in the woods, housed in a Scandinavian style wooden cabin, complete with changing rooms and lifeguards and The Ring, a huge earth mound with a Stonehenge-esque entrance.

This year Beat-Herder was crowned winner of the Extra Festival Activity Award at the UK Festival Awards, an award that recognises events that paid that extra bit of attention to detail that creates a magical and unforgettable festival experience.

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