New Releases

For this month’s new music Monday (it’s going to be a thing…) we’re taking a look at what the festival’s alumni have been up to this past month, as well as celebrating Lincolnshire’s own.

Got some music coming out soon? Get in touch at news@beyondthewoods.co.uk

Fickle Friends – What a Time

‘What a Time’ is the first released single for Fickle Friends upcoming EP Weird Years (Season 1) EP and we are very excited about it! Out on 15 January, the EP aims to explore the story of the past three years since their Album ‘You Are Someone Else’, and it kicks off with some unapologetic escapist synth-pop. The Brighton-based quartet headlined Beyond the Woods Festival in 2018 and we can’t wait to hear what’s next. Check out the music video below, which they filmed and edited themselves.  

Duccbod – Meet in the Middle

Lincoln-based Duccbod have released laid-back alternative track ‘Meet in the Middle’ this month, exploring a vast range influence from the likes of Tom Misch to Lil peep. He featured in this years’ Beyond the Woods Online Festival on BBC Music Introducing in Lincolnshire, and the track was produced by and featured members of The Pylons. Duccbod is currently in the process of writing and recording his debut EP ‘i breathe blue’, so watch this space!

Patawawa – Adadadaeya

Electronic trio Patawawa have brought up an absolute indie-disco anthem as their new infectious single in the lead up to their debut album. Recently played by John Kennedy on Radio X, the track is an exciting insight to what is to come. Patawawa graced the Beyond the Woods festival stage in 2018 and we’ve been obsessed ever since.

The Pylons – Grumble

Beyond the Woods legends The Pylons are back with their latest single ‘Grumble’, following the singles ‘Leaving’ and ‘Feel Good’. Written and produced in their home studio, ‘Grumble’ encapsulates all things good about indie-pop and has achieved BBC Music Introducing pick of the week on BBC Radio Lincolnshire. You can also listen back to hear their very own trumpet and keys player Joe Davies picks for BBC Music Introducing in Lincolnshire here https://t.co/uMjtESURbb?amp=1.

Martha Hill – Landslide

Martha Hill’s latest single Landside has come out this month and will feature on her upcoming EP ‘Summer Up North’, which will be released on October 23rd. The track featured as BBC Introducing track of the week on Radio 1 and follows the release of upbeat and gritty ‘Grilled Cheese’. Hill played the festival in 2018 and has gone on to record at the legendary Maida Vale Studios, appeared on Later…With Jools Holland and was tipped as one of BBC Introducing’s ‘Ones to Watch’.

Talkboy – Stupid Luck

Leeds-based indie six-piece Talkboy have released new single ‘Stupid Luck’, which is the first in the lead up to their up-coming EP. The dreamy, laid-back indie-pop single exudes everything we love about this band and we are looking forwarded to what’s coming in 2021!

Casey Lowry – Slow Pace

The latest up-beat summery bop ‘Slow Pace’ from Casey Lowry was released this month, making it his third single of 2020. The track has achieved radio play on BBC Music Introducing in both Sheffield and East Midlands. Lowry headlined the second stage at Beyond the Woods (formally JoeFest) in 2018.

Nick Wilson – Built For This

Nick Wilson’s captivating track ‘Built For This’ is the final song released alongside his 4-track EP ‘Love and Heartache’, which was released on 2 October. The EP explores the complexity of emotions which accompany romance and beautifully vocalising the lows and highs of relationships. The second track ‘Enough to Know You’ featured on Spotify’s ‘Most Beautiful Songs in the World’ playlist.

Check out our Music News playlist on Spotify below for all our recommendations, updated monthly!

Lincolnshire Writer Launches Charity Poetry Book

Here at Beyond The Woods we’re keen supporters of the arts in all their forms. This week we spoke to local poet Tom Davies about his forthcoming poetry book, Jobs For Beluga Whales.

Hi Tom. Tell us a bit more about this project

For the last few weeks I’ve been inviting friends to send me subjects to write about on Instagram, and I’ve been turning them into poems. It’s been really good fun, and I’ve decided to take my favourites and turn them into my very first poetry book.

I think the technical term might be an anthology?

Am I right in thinking that this poetry book will be raising money for charity?

That’s correct, yes! 100% of profits will be going to two very important good causes:

The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks, providing emergency food and support to people living in poverty. Astonishingly, that’s more than 14 million people in the UK, including more than 4 million children.

They also campaign to end the structural inequalities in our society which mean that food banks, sadly, are still a necessity in 2020.

Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. They carry out invaluable work in helping people who are suffering, one way or another, as a result of often very serious conditions.

Having witnessed first-hand the impact eating disorders can have, it means an enormous amount to me that we’re able to help Beat support others who are struggling.

How did the idea for this come about?

Basically, I was matched with a very nice lady on tinder. I wanted to impress her with my quick wit, so I invited her to send me a subject, which I could turn into a deep and meaningful poem.

She obviously hated it, because I haven’t heard from her since.

How can people reading this interview help?

My brilliant team and I are trying to raise £1,000 through crowdfunding to cover the costs of printing the book.

So far we’ve raised more than £700 in just under a week! People have been really generous, and we’re really grateful for your support.

Once we’ve raised £1,000, any extra money will go to our chosen charities. Of course, 100% of the money raised from selling the book will also be donated to our good causes.

If you’d like to donate, please take a look at our indiegogo fundraising page.

If you can’t donate, which is totally understandable, sharing the link with your friends on social media would be enormously helpful!

Finally, any chance of a sneak preview?

Sure, here’s a poem called The 2019 Cockapoo Calendar Which Still Remains On The Wall In 2020. It was a subject submitted by my friend Louis:

My 2019 calendar
Is very much still on the wall
Next to the door in the kitchen where
Very little has changed at all

The pans are still stacked on the draining board
The washing still out on the line
In the bathroom I’ve still got the radio on
It’s been going a very long time

What explains this unusual state of affairs?
Why is everything still in its place?
Well approximately 18 months ago
Someone shot me in the face

Interview by entertainment reporter Colin Holepunch

New Releases

New music Monday is a thing, right?

There are so many talented artists in our beloved Lincolnshire and we want to shout about them! Each month, we’ll be bringing you a round up of what’s being released from the area.

Releasing something soon? Let us know at news@beyondthewoods.co.uk

Holly Humberstone – Falling Asleep at the Wheel (EP)

Festival-alumni Holly Humberstone released her debut EP ‘Falling Asleep At The Wheel’ last month, and was invited to perform an incredible isolation session on Jimmy Kimmel Live over the in US. Check out this live, one-take version of both ‘Overkill’ and the title track.

Anna Straker ft Gabrielle Aplin – Good Days Bad Days

Anna Straker has teamed up with the legendary Gabrielle Aplin to drop her new single ‘Good Days Bad Days’, and retro-style music video. The beautifully honest and raw track will be featured in her upcoming EP ‘Growing Pains’.

Arctic Lake – Cold Hands (Acoustic)

Electronic-trio Arctic Lake have blessed us with an intimate acoustic version of ‘Cold Hands’ this month. The band have received support on BBC Radio 1 and played at Beyond The Woods festival back in 2018!

Callum Minks – Sundown

Callum Minks latest Low-fi bedroom indie-pop tune ‘Sundown’ was released this week. The song is currently featured as song of the week on BBC Music Introducing in Lincolnshire!

The Rills – The Angler

Lincoln legends The Rills have released their latest single ‘The Angler’. Championed by Steve Lamaq on BBC Radio 6, the track is a up-lifting, gritty banger.

Thomas Day – Cruisin’

Self-produced hip-hop artist Thomas Day brought us chilled tune ‘Cruisin” in August, gaining well-deserved attention from BBC Music Introducing in Lincolnshire. He also featured in the Beyond the Woods BBC Music Introducing festival takeover, alongside Anna Straker, The Rills and Callum Minks and more!

Lola and the Cosmic Getaway – Clownville

Out-of-space musical duo Lola and the Cosmic Getaway released beautiful synth-pop track ‘Clownville’ last month. If you don’t like clowns, don’t watch the video!

G.L Shelley – Never Want to Go

Bedroom producer (and regular BTW festival attendee) G.L Shelley has spent lockdown recording music on his mobile phone. Check out his latest Brit-Pop inspired single ‘Never Want to Go’.

Give our BTW Music News playlist on Spotify a like for all our top picks, updated monthly!

BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire Goes Beyond The Woods

Though the festival was put on hold for the year, there’s been plenty of activity from Lincolnshire musicians. Over lockdown we’ve seen an incredible flurry of activity from local artists with some fantastic new releases in the past few months.

Alongside BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire we put together a special radio show to celebrate these musicians which saw four hours of coverage including specially recorded sessions from homes, gardens and our stunning festival site, DJ sets from local producers and best bits from previous years.

Presenter Hannah Fletcher and BTW Organiser Joe Davies broadcasting from home

A real highlight was Ell Ivy, Cameron Minks both performing live from a garden near Lincoln, no mean feat considering they haven’t performed to anyone in months!

It’s safe to say that the standard of Lincolnshire musicians only seems to get better and better and we can’t wait to put plenty of them on our festival lineup next year. A big thanks to Hannah, Jono, Adam and the rest of the BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire team for helping put it all together!

Also featuring on the lineup were: Anna Straker, The Pylons, The Rills, Thomas Day, Toby Johnson and Suds. Plus DJ sets from Mexpha, Turtleneck, Marshall and Giants Watch the live stream back in full here.

Save The Date – We’re Back Next August!

Summer’s slowly drawing to a close and normally we’d be kicking out feet up having had a great festival season. But 2020 has had its way with us and we’ve been feeling a bit glum without our fix of live music and good times in the great outdoors. So good job we’ve got the date for next year in the bag!

LPA At BTW
Memories of Laminate Pet Animal playing the festival in sunny August 2017!

As the seasons change, we’re starting to look ahead to what next year will have in store for us and festivals across the country. Beyond The Woods Festival will return on 6th – 8th August 2021.

Plans are already afoot to make this our biggest, most immersive, exciting and diverse event yet. It’s really not one you want to be missing! So make sure you have the dates down in your diary and why not sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear about when our cheapest tickets are on sale and find out who’s going to be on the bill for BTW 2021!

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If you’ve been to our festival before, you’ll know that the community is such an important part of Beyond The Woods.

It’s the people who make each event such a special weekend, and we’re always trying to come up with ways to help keep you up-to-date with the latest goings on. That’s why we’re really pleased to have launched our new Beyond The Woods email newsletter.

Each month, one of the team will get in touch with updates from the festival. It might be important news, such as advanced notice of ticket sales, or things to know before you set off for the festival.

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Doing creative things in Lincolnshire? We want to hear from you!

We’re really keen to expand our festival community; and would love to hear from local musicians, creatives, promoters, entrepreneurs and businesses to shout about what you have been up to in the Lincolnshire music & arts scene.

Whether you’ve released a new track, started to gig again or generally have something to interesting to say, we’d love to know!

Want to get involved? Send us an email to news@beyondthewoods.co.uk. Don’t forget that you can also keep in touch by following our Facebook page and signing up to our monthly newsletter!

Beyond The Woods Is Going Online

We may not be able to put on the festival this year for, err, obvious reasons, but that’s not going to stop us doing something!

BTW Online Lineup

We’re excited to be working alongside our friends at BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire to bring the BTW experience to your own home. All evening on Saturday 8th August you can hear specially recorded sets from a host of exciting Lincolnshire acts, as well as some bands playing live (in a socially distanced manner, of course)!

Local presenter and new-music champion Hannah Fletcher will be hosting the special programme which will go out live on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, with additional video streamed on Facebook. She’ll be joined by Joe – Founder of Beyond The Woods – for some insight into what would have been going on at the festival.

We’re encouraging everyone to get involved at home. Why not get the BBQ going, dress up in some festival gear and get the radio on, and don’t forget to tag us (@btwfestival) in any photos!

Make sure you don’t miss the stream by liking our Facebook Page!

Statement On The Cancellation Of Beyond The Woods 2020

We’re very sorry to have to tell you that, because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s festival has been cancelled.

After much consideration, and with a great deal of disappointment, we are very sorry to have to tell you that Beyond The Woods 2020 has been cancelled.

Having listened to all the available advice we’ve decided that, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, it would not be safe for this year’s festival to go ahead. Unfortunately, it would also be impossible to implement effective social distancing measures at a festival like Beyond The Woods.

We are also mindful of the fact that our festival is reliant on the help and advice of our hard-working emergency services. Naturally, we don’t want to add to their workload during this very difficult period.

We are all deeply saddened that we’re not going to be able to get together for what would have been our biggest festival yet; however, we hope that you can understand why the festival will not be going ahead this year.

Options For Ticket Holders

If you have already bought your ticket to this year’s festival, you have two choices:

After a short break our brilliant team will be starting work on Beyond The Woods 2021, which will take place at Stourton Woods from 6th – 8th August.

Tickets for Beyond The Woods 2020 will be transferred to next year’s event automatically, and at no extra cost. You’re essentially getting next year’s ticket at this year’s price.

If you’d like to carry your ticket over to Beyond The Woods 2021 you don’t need to do anything at all, and you’ll receive confirmation of your transfer in the autumn, once the window for refunds has closed.

Of course, if you would like to apply for a refund instead you are very welcome to do so. Ticket-holders who would like to have their ticket price refunded should email customerservices@gigantic.com.

As you may know, Beyond The Woods is an independent festival, run by a group of friends and volunteers. We don’t have big corporate backers, and we’re reliant on ticket sales to keep the festival going. If you can afford to carry your tickets over to next year you would be doing the festival a very great favour, and we would be enormously grateful.

If you would prefer a refund we do completely understand, and we hope that nobody who would like their money back will be put off from applying.

For more information on your ticket options for next year, please visit beyondthewoods.co.uk.

Thank You

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported the festival this year: A huge list of names which includes sponsors, volunteers, performers, our friends at Stourton Estates, the emergency services and, most importantly, you guys.

Without your continued enthusiasm and support, buying tickets and spreading the word, Beyond The Woods would not have been able to get anywhere near the event that it is today, and we hope we’ll be able to say thank you by putting on an even more spectacular festival next August.

We’d also like to say an enormous thank you to the Beyond The Woods organising committee – a group of people who have given up weeks of their time, completely voluntarily, to help plan this year’s event.

To have put in so much work, only to cancel everything at the last minute is incredibly tough to take, but we are all hugely grateful for your passion and determination year after year.

We’ll be back with more information on our plans for 2021, in the near future. In the meantime, if you have any questions about this year’s festival please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Most importantly, please make sure that you stay safe, do your bit to help stop the spread of coronavirus, and protect the NHS and each other.

Thank You To Our
Generous Supporters

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Next Event Ltd

Steve Wildman

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