Friday Night Main Stage Announced!

Our Friday Night Main Stage line-up is here! We’re very excited to announce that we have released our first round of artists playing Beyond the Woods Festival 2021, curated by the wonderful Abbie McCarthy (BBC Radio 1, BBC Music Introducing, 4 Music).

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Alfie Templeman

Described as ‘colourful sugary disco pop’, Alfie Templeman is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the indie-pop scene. At just 18 years old, he has released 4 EPs, receiving high praise from the likes of NME, the Guardian and tastemaker Annie Mac. 2021 started off big for Alfie, as he was shortlisted for the BBC Sound Of Poll and it continues with his mini album ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough, which will be out on the 7th May via Chess Club Records. Check out his latest chilled single, ‘One More Day’ featuring April.

Joesef

Hailing from the East End of Glasgow, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Joesef produces stunning soulful beats, masterfully intertwining elements of jazz, Motown and hip-hop. Since selling out his first ever show at King Tuts in Glasgow in 2019, Joesef has gone on to make appearances on Later…With Jools Holland, and BBC Radio 1 and 2. A self-proclaimed ‘emotional sad boy’, Joesef’s relaxing music will ease you in to the start of Beyond the Woods Festival, as heard below in his collaboration with COLOURS.

Baby Queen

Baby Queen instantly made her mark with her debut single ‘Internet Religion’ in 2020, and since has released an incredible discography of alternative-pop which explores issues surrounding Generation Z. Born in South Africa, the London based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter is inspired by the likes of Taylor Swift and The 1975, embracing synths, guitars and gritty social commentary. She is quickly gaining momentum, after recently featuring as Greg James’ ‘Tune of the Week’ on Radio 1 and will be touring with the mighty Sea Girls later this year. Listen to her single ‘Dover Beach’ to get you in the mood. 

Luz

2020 was an incredible year for Irish-Argentinian musician Luz, releasing three singles during lockdown, receiving a mammoth 30 million streams across digital platforms. The 20 year-old artist caught the attention of Dua Lipa after posting a cover of ‘Don’t Stop Now’ on TikTok, and has since received praise from an array of outstanding artists including Ed Sheeran, Singrid, Julia Michaels, Lewis Capaldi, Dermot Kennedy and Niall Horan. Her soulful melodies and euphoric charm will make the perfect backdrop to outdoors at Beyond the Woods Festival. Soak in her latest release ‘Counting Houses’. 

Master Peace

Fusing indie, British rap and punk genres, Master Peace is an explosion of refreshing new sounds. Born and raised in South London, he was influenced by bands such as The Smiths, The Cure and Simply Red, and has masterfully combined the music of rock and indie with his love of rap. The result is nothing short of intoxicating. Later this year he’ll be joining Kawala on tour across the UK, showcasing that he is one of the most exciting young artists in the making. 

Listen to all our artists via our Spotify Playlist for Beyond the Woods Festival 2021!

Covid-19: What Are We Doing?

This year’s Beyond The Woods Festival will be taking place on 6th & 7th August.

We know that you might have questions about Covid-19, and what it means for this year’s event, so we’ve put together this page to give you the answers.

Will the festival be going ahead?

We’re currently going full-steam-ahead for Beyond The Woods to take place this August.

According to the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, all restrictions will be lifted on 21st June. This mean’s we’ll be in a strong position to put on a safe event two months later.

What will you be doing to make the event Covid-safe?

We’ve drawn up plans to cover all eventualities to help make Beyond The Woods as safe as possible.

Of course, the situation with the coronavirus is constantly changing. The safety measures we’d need to put on a festival now could be very different to the safety measures we might need in August.

We’re constantly reviewing our plans, and changing them according to infection levels, and the government’s lockdown roadmap.

As the festival gets nearer, and we have a better idea of the sorts of measures we are likely to need to introduce, we’ll be able to give you some more concrete information.

What if the festival is cancelled?

Of course, we’ve got to be completely honest and say that there is still a chance that Beyond The Woods might not be able to take place. The situation with Covid has changed so dramatically over the last year, and we can’t rule out that it might do so again.

What we can guarantee is what will happen if we do have to call the festival off.

If the festival is cancelled, everyone will be entitled to a full refund of the face value price of their ticket, including any camping upgrades etc.

Or, instead, you can roll your ticket over to 2022’s event free of charge.

Whatever happens, we promise that you’ll get what you paid for or get your money back.

What if I get for Covid before the festival?

If you can’t attend the festival because of a positive Covid test, you’ll be able to request a refund.

If you have Covid between Friday 30th June and Friday 27th August you’ll be able to apply for a refund.

Obviously, to be eligible for a refund your ticket must be unused.

We’ll provide more information on requesting a refund in July.

Any other questions?

If you’ve got any other questions, or there’s anything you think we’ve missed, please feel free to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you at Stourton Woods in August.

Bull – On Sale Now

We’re really keen to do what we can to showcase great music all year round.

Having recently signed with EMI records and their debut album on the way, York based indie band play The Scene in Lincoln on 22nd October.

Tickets are on sale now (18+)

They’re finding really Interesting ways to do these pop songs that I love”Declan McKenna

“Alt-rock fans will love the mellow tones of Americana grunge mixed with nineties pop.” – Gigwise

“The four-piece are working towards ‘big things’ with their easy-breezy take on lo-fi retro pop.” – Dork

“That’s really good, I really like that” – Elton John

York’s alt rock songsmiths, Bull have today announced their debut album ‘Discover Effortless Living’ which will be released on the 26th March by EMI Records, in conjunction with Young Thugs.

To celebrate, the band have today released ‘Eugene’, a mini-symphony of self-flagellation which trips through the various stages of feeling down on yourself (lethargy, frustration, anger etc) using tempo changes to paint an audio picture. It manages to be both melancholy and spritely at the same time, another example of the band’s idiosyncratic song writing.   

“I wrote the song Eugene when I was feeling dissatisfied with what I was doing” Tom (guitar/vocals) explains. “It’s kind of a self-hate song, you know when people talk about self-love? It’s not that. I’m slating myself; it moves through the key changes and different moods, and ends in a way that mocks the sadness, another form of self-deprecation!”

The video for the track is again a collaboration with artist friends of the band that reflects the different moods of the song. Dan and Kai from the band kick things off with some DIY Claymation before handing over to artists Jack Iredale, Rory Welbrock, Roxy Linklater and Holly Beer who each tackled a different animation style.

The band’s debut album, ‘Discover Effortless Living’ is a cornucopia of alt rocks sounds, the band having refined their song writing style into 13 indie bangers. The album includes previous singles such as ‘Disco Living’ (actually an abbreviation of the album title) ‘Green’, ‘Bonzo Please’ and ‘Love Goo’.

“Its songs written and rocked on between the years 2012 and 2020” Tom elaborates. “The title is taken from the opening lyric to the final track ‘Disco Living’. We wanted to use a lyric from the album and felt like this was a good one. I first saw the words in London written on the side of a mansion being built and thought it was funny, it also ties in with ideas around class, new beginnings, a golden era of prosperity, and hoping to have life ‘in the bag’.”

At radio the band are already being championed by the likes of Chris Hawkins and Steve Lamacq at 6Music, Huw Stephens at BBC Introducing Clara Amfo, as well as being acclaimed by fellow musicians like Elton John on his Beats 1 show and Declan McKenna.

Formed in 2011 by vocalist and songwriter Tom Beer and guitarist Dan Lucas, Bull’s mission is simply to make the music they wanted to listen to, inspired by their 90’s heroes such Pavement, Yo La Tengo and the Pixies. The rest of the band came together through a mix of friendships and happenstance. Drummer Tom Gabbatiss joined after he and Tom jammed together in bars while they were back-packing round Thailand, and Kai West had previously used to jump up on stage with the band and “Bez” (verb meaning to dance badly while intoxicated) before they eventually let him play bass.

They’ve played support shows for the likes of Squid, The Orielles, Pip Blom and even one of their long-time heroes in the form of Spiral Stairs (AKA Scott Kannberg of Pavement), and their constant gigging has seen them build up a dedicated local following. Not to be restricted to God’s own county, the band have plied their wares in mainland Europe, playing a series of unforgettable shows in Germany and the Netherlands. The band will be back on the road in 2021 with a full UK tour starting in September, tickets go on sale March 12th 2021.

Jaz Beeson’s Sunflower Pop Playlist

We recently interviewed Lincolnshire musician Jaz Beeson about her new single ‘Wanna Know’ (head to our Instagram if you haven’t seen it yet). When we asked her to describe her sound she said it was Sunflower Pop. But what exactly is that?

Jaz Beeson

Well we asked her to put together a playlist to add a bit of context and we’re soo glad she agreed, there are some top tunes on there to make you smile!

On her sound, Jaz said it was: “tunes for golden hour road trips and twirling through daisy-dappled fields.” Sounds good to us!

Beyond The Woods Meets: Jaz Beeson

In the latest in our series of interviews with some fantastic local artists we caught up with self declared ‘Sunflower Pop’ artist Jaz Beeson. As an artist she’s taken some time away working on a new sound alongside local producer Joey Walker and this latest offering ‘Wanna Know’ sees her music rise to a new level!

Jaz is also BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire’s track of the week, affirming the fact that our friends Hannah Fletcher and co. have great taste! Check out the track below and head over to our Instagram page to see the full interview.

Beyond The Woods Meets: The Rills

The Rills - credit Barnaby Fairly
The Rills – 📷 Barnaby Fairly

Following the release of the new single Stardog, we caught up with Mitch from the band to discuss their new video, what they’ve been up to during lockdown and some of their favourite things about festivals.

Head over to our Instagram page to see the full interview hosted by Jenelle Smith.

New Releases

The last month has brought us some really exciting new music hailing from Lincolnshire and beyond, and we’ve brought all our favourites together in one handy list! Here’s our January – February round up:

Shout Inferno – Is It Safe Enough?

Following the release of their debut album ‘A Carnival’, Lincoln-based alt-pop/rock quartet Shout Inferno have dropped a new video this week for their funky indie-disco track ‘Is It Safe Enough?’

Describing the single, the band wrote:

‘The literal meaning is a person suffering from agoraphobia who ponders the idea of leaving the house but is paralysed by their spiralling, melodramatic thoughts and fantasies of the world outside. It could also be a metaphor for somebody trying to find a sense of belonging in an unforgiving/unaccepting society’.

Check out the video below, filmed at the Blue Room in Lincoln with production company Wallbreaker.

The Rills – Stardog

Lincolnshire-based indie legends The Rills have also brought out an upbeat and energising video for their new single ‘Stardog’, which encapsulates all things fun about this band.

They have been making waves on TikTok, as well as building a solid fanbase across all platforms. The band also recently appeared on Scruff of the Neck‘s Twitch live stream with a live session and interview with BBC Radio 1’s Abbie McCarthy. We’re really excited to see what’s next.

Talkboy – Wrapped in Blue

We’re big fans of Leeds-based band Talkboy here at Beyond the Woods, and Wrapped in Blue is no exception. With beautiful harmonies and relatable songwriting, the band never fail to produce excellent up-beat, catchy indie-pop.

Their EP, titled ‘Wrapped in Blue’ will be out on February 11th and you can preorder it here: https://bit.ly/3az4eZK

Wharf – Compatible

Premiered on BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire, London-based Wharf have brought out new single ‘Compatible’, exploring the emotions behind new found love.

With influences from The 1975 and The Night Cafe, the track has a classic nostalgic indie sound sure to get you dancing.

Jazz Lingard – Tell Me More (acoustic)

Lincoln-based singer-songwriter Jazz Lingard teased something she’s been working on last month, with an acoustic version of ‘Tell Me’.

Lingard has an absolutely gorgeous tone, with heavy folk influences mixed with influence from the likes of Wolf Alice and Radiohead.

Bull – Eugene

Having been on the scene for a long time, York 4-piece Bull reignited the old-school dream of being signed to a major label at a local gig last summer.

They’re catchy hooks combined with twists and turns in every song provide a modern, but engaging take on the classic Britpop style. ‘Eugene’ shows off Bull’s softer side by writing a beautifully soft and melodic anthem.

Debut album out March 26th released via EMI – ‘Discover Effortless Listening’

Preorder the album and grab yourself some funky merch here: https://shop.bulltheband.com

Fickle Friends – IRL

Fickle Friends have released a refreshing new concept EP this month ‘Weird Years (Season 1)’, which explores a range of feelings behind being a young adult. Their single IRL is nothing short of up-beat irresistible pop.

The campaign to this EP has been really exciting, incorporating a commissioned piece of artwork for each track. Fans have also been encouraged to produce their own artwork for each track which will featured on the virtual gallery on their website (http://www.ficklefriends.co.uk).

Only Sun – Weird Wins

From their much anticipated debut album ‘Tangled Mind’, London-based quartet Only Sun have released infectious indie-disco tune ‘Weird Wins’.

The single follows the success of their track ‘Extraordinary’ late last year, which will also be featured on the album.

The album with be out April 30th via CloseUp/Modern Sky, and you can preorder it here: https://bit.ly/3avFYI0

Plus we’re going to be bringing the band to Lincoln this summer – grab a ticket here

Don’t forget to check out our Spotify playlist, including all our blog picks!

Doing something exciting in Lincolnshire and think we should know about it? Send us an email at news@beyondthewoods.co.uk

Huge News for Holly Humberstone in BBC Sound Of Poll

We started Beyond The Woods as a way to support local musicians. Being in bands ourselves, we wanted to put on an event that brought Lincolnshire artists together to celebrate the massive amount of talent in our area.

Whilst, in recent years, we’ve booked a number of acts from further afield, we’ve still been working closely with our friends at BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire to make sure we’re showcasing some of the best local acts.

In 2018 a relatively new to the scene artist took to our stage and promptly blew everyone away. It’s safe to say that Holly Humberstone was a real standout at that year’s festival.

We’ve been keeping an eye on her journey ever since that summer, which has seen her perform at Glastonbury, support Lewis Capaldi at Wembley Arena, appear on Jimmy Kimmel in the US and break onto the Radio 1 daytime playlist. It’s fair to say she’s gone a long way since playing at our festival warmup gig at The West End Tap in Lincoln a month or two before BTW 2018.

She’s started 2021 with a bang having been announced as the runner up in the BBC’s Sound of 2021 poll – a prestigious poll of music critics with previous winners including Sigrid, Sam Smith and Jack Garratt.

It’s great to see a local act do so well and we know that her success is inspiring local musicians and blazing a trail for acts in our area. A big congrats from all of us at BTW HQ, we’re very proud to have had a small part in the story and we can’t wait to see what’s to come in 2021!

Below are a few photos from Holly’s set back in 2018. If you want to check her our live, and you really should, she’s announced a headline tour this June, including a stop off in Nottingham – tickets are available here.

Check out our blog to find more posts about local artists.

Food and Drink: Tell Us What You Think

Preparations for Beyond The Woods 2021 are well underway, and we need you to help us choose who’s serving the food and drink!

One of our big focuses for our next festival is to make sure the stuff you’ve got to eat and drink is better than ever before. We’d love your help to choose which traders turn up at the Beyond The Woods Market, and what they’re serving up.

The survey will only take a couple of minutes to do, and your responses are completely anonymous.

There’s also a chance for you to shout out a local trader, if there’s someone you know who you think would do a great job at keeping us fed and watered.

Click here to take the survey, and tell us what you think. We’d also love it if you could share the link with your friends.

Thank you!

Beyond The Woods HQ x

New Releases

It’s time for our monthly round up of all things getting us excited! Here are our top picks from November – December:

Flyte – Never Get To Heaven

London-trio Flyte are back with their fourth release this year; ‘Never Get to Heaven’. The beautifully wintry track has the band stripped back to just vocals and guitar, forming the perfect single for December. The song was written by vocalist Will when he was 14 as a rework of a scout’s chant, with Will releasing it had now become the ‘perfect eulogy to the end of my adult relationship’.

DECO – Christmas is Calling

It wouldn’t be a December round-up without a Christmas song and DECO have more than delivered with this modern classic. Following up from their debut EP ‘Real Life’ released earlier this year, the pop-trio have graced with an upbeat Christmas anthem, accompanied with nostalgic home-video style video.

Kings & Bears – When The Day

Firm favourites of Beyond the Woods, Kings & Bears have released an up-beat ‘rock and roll party song’ alongside an equally upbeat ‘rock and roll party video’, and we love it. The track has been featured on Hannah Fletcher’s BBC Introducing Show as ‘Track of the Week’ and it is totally deserving of that title!  

Patawawa – Disco Video

Patawawa are also back with a new release this month, bringing us infectious and fun disco track ‘Disco Video’. Focusing on female empowerment, the single is part of their new album release ‘Power Up’ which is due out on the 5th March 2012. You can pre-order the album and grab some funky merch here.

Thomas Day – Wine

Hailing from our very own Licolnshire, Thomas Day has been making waves in modern hip-hop and neo-soul. His latest release ‘Wine’, featuring London-based rapper Tee Peters, explores the emotions behing feeling not good enough, but sends the uplifting message that you are not alone. Check-out the single below!

Hell’s Ditch – The Likes Of Us

Lincolnshire rockers ‘Hell’s Ditch’ have certainly been making their mark on the industry, previously being played on Radio 1 by Daniel P Carter and achieving Radio Lincolnshire plays for their latest single ‘The Likes of Us’. Their latest single is their third to date and it definitely packs a punch, articulating a heavy political message in true punk-rock fashion.

If you’re an artist in Lincolnshire, a fan of the festival, or just making music you’d love for us to hear, send us an email at: news@beyondthewoods.co.uk.

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