Beacons Festival 2013 preview: shining lights

We pick out the sparkliest jewels from the Beacons roster

Photographer:Michael Cox

Megan Earl - 01 August 2013

With Beacons Festival 2013 approaching fast, Virtual Festivals takes the time to pick out a few of the bands that are sure to be the shining lights amongst the festivals line up.

Django Django

Django Django's eponymous debut album was released January 30th this year and has since sparked a whirlwind of critical acclaim and a Mercury Prize nomination with their 'psychedelic pop'. Despite only reaching number 33 in the UK charts, Rolling Stone placed the album at number 26 in their 'Top 50 of 2012' in addition to a number 10 spot on NME's 2012 chart and a 5/5 rating from The Guardian. To hear the material critics have described as 'kaleidoscopic' head to the Loud and Quiet stage on Sunday.




Producer Aaron Jerome will bring frequent collaborator Sampha to Beacons on Sunday with tracks from the self-titled 2011 album, along with remixes of Basement Jaxx and Mark Ronson. Expect the appearance of ceremonial masks - Jerome performs in native masks designed by Hidden Place to support the concept of anonymity in the music industry and to 'challenge the normality of electronic music and production'. SBTRKT, pronounced 'subtract', has received frequent radio airplay from national radio stations Radio 1 and 6 Music and was placed at number 49 in NME's Top Albums of 2011, so don't miss out at the Loud and Quiet stage on Sunday night.




Birmingham four-piece Jaws are currently on the rise with help from radio stations across the country and rave reviews from critics- NME gave the EP 'Milkshake' a 7/10 and comparisons to fellow Birmingham bands Swim Deep and Peace aren't rare. A tour later this year will feature a show at Camden's Barfly and the festival season brings slots at Bestival, Reading and Leeds. Head to Beacons' You Need to Hear This stage on Saturday to hear what critics are calling 'surf-pop'.



Fucked Up

Frontman David 'Pink Eyes' Abraham will lead Canadian punk band Fucked Up to Beacons' You Need To Hear This stage with songs from their third studio album 'David Comes To Life'. The 18-track album tells the tragedy of a boy called David falling in love with a girl called Veronica, and reached number 15 on the US Independent Albums Chart. Previous UK appearances have seen the band open for The Vaccines at Alexandra Palace and a tour earlier this year with a night at Camden's Electric Ballroom. To hear 'Queen of Hearts' and possibly some of the new material that fans are eagerly awaiting, catch Fucked Up on Friday night.



Local Natives

Quartet Local Natives will bring 'psych-folk' from Los Angeles to Beacons this year with the success of their 2013 album 'Hummingbird', released in January. 'Hummingbird' reached number 12 on the US Billboard Chart and has ignited references to Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire from critics. Previous tours include an opening slot for fellow Americans Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and plans for shows in UK venues such as the O2 Academy Brixton are currently underway. Local Natives will play the Loud and Quiet stage on Saturday night.



Beacons Festival 2013 takes place at Funkirk Estate, Skipton, North Yorkshire from 16-18 August 2013.

Beacons Festival tickets are available now, priced at £99.50 plus booking fee for an adult with camping.

Teen tickets for those aged 13-17 years are priced at £35 plus booking fee, children aged 6-12 years are priced at £15 plus booking fee.

Day tickets for Friday and Sunday are available for £35 plus booking fee each, with a Saturday day ticket priced at £40 plus booking fee.

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