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.

Become A Supplier

Every year, we work with a great team of individuals and businesses who help us put on the festival.

If you’re interested in supplying goods or services to Beyond The Woods, you can find out more information, and apply, via this page.

Food & Entertainment Vendors

We will be inviting food & entertainment vendors to get in touch in the new year. Please check back in January for more information.

Contracts Available For Tender

We’re pleased to now be able to invite expressions of interest in supplying a number of services to next year’s festival.

We’re looking to work with reputable suppliers of a number of key goods and facilities: From fencing and marquees to radio hire and cash registers.

Please take a look at the Beyond The Woods Festival 2021 Tender Brief for more information.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the details available in the tender brief, or through our contact page.

Apply To Supply

If you are only applying to supply the following, we would be delighted to hear from you either by telephone or email:

Cash registers, credit card terminals, radio hire, water bowsers.

You can find our details on the cover of the tender document, above.

If you are interested in supplying other services instead or as well as the above, we’d be very pleased to hear from you via this form.

Supplier FAQs

Can I apply to supply multiple services?

Yes! You can apply to supply as many of the products/services we’ve listed as you like.

How will you assess applications?

Applications will be assessed on price (60%) and response to the brief (40%), as well as whether they meet certain qualifying criteria, for example holding satisfactory levels of insurance.

Is there a deadline for applying?

There is no hard and fast deadline for applying, but we’re keen to have awarded most, if not all contracts by Christmas.

What considerations do I need to make for Coronavirus?

We are keen to hear how suppliers would respond to the challenge of Covid-19, but also recognise that this could be subject to change over the next nine months. In fact, we’d be very surprised if the measures we’re currently planning are the measures we end up using next August.

We’re looking forward to working with partners who are knowledgeable about the challenges Covid presents, and can be flexible in their response.

BTW Presents: Only Sun – Akedo Gaming Bar, Lincoln

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We love bringing you loads of great new music at the festival in August, but we realised there’s no reason why we can’t showcase acts more often throughout the year. So we’re pleased to announce that indie-pop quartet Only Sun will be appearing at Akēdo Gaming Bar Lincoln next June!

With an infectious, upbeat sound and an arsenal of tunes, the band are touring to support their debut album ‘Tangled Mind’ and we can’t wait to bring them to a Lincolnshire audience for the first time!

This is the first of several show announcements from us, so keep your eyes peeled on our pages for more info!

Upbeat indie quartet Only Sun have recently taken the south by storm, now they bring their energetic riff-laden sound to fair Lincoln.

Having gained strong critical support of previous releases from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and additions to some top playlists alongside other exciting emerging talent, the band embark on a tour in support of their debut album ‘Tangled Mind’.

Coupled with some of Beyond The Woods Festival’s top DJs and support from some of the best new talent in the area right now, this is set to be a night not to be missed.

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