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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
This month, we’re taking a look at all new alternative releases alongside some of Lincolnshire’s finest. Here are our favourites of October -November:
Flyte – I’ve Got a Girl
Late last month, London-trio Flyte premiered their new track ‘I Got A Girl’ on BBC 6 Music with Lauren Laverne and it is a beauty. A different take on a break-up song, ‘I Got A Girl’ explores the break down of a creative relationship. During the pandemic, the band have been visiting people’s doorsteps to perform the track, which you can check out on their socials: https://twitter.com/Flyteband/status/1323672942463647746.
Toby Johnson – Why?
‘Why?’ is Toby Johnson’s latest release for his new EP ‘Things I Should Have Said’. Featuring singles ‘Tiny Fires’, ‘Bulletproof’, ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’, ‘Why?’ and ‘False Temptations’, his EP offers a masterful folky take on the indie genre, perfect listening for winter indoors. Speaking on the EP, Johnson wrote: ‘It’s often difficult to say things out loud. We hold back on things we should say and we often say the things we shouldn’t. ‘Things I Should Have Said’ is a mixture of emotions and feelings I’ve held back on over the years. Friendships I’ve lost and opportunities I’ve missed.’ Check out the music video for ‘Why?’ below!
KAWALA – Pure Desire
London-based indie-acoustic band KAWALA released their first 7″ single ‘Pure Desire’ alongside B-side ‘Loosen Up’ in October, gaining plays on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2. The song encompasses everything we love about KAWALA, fulfilling all our up-beat and optimistic folky-pop needs.
Current Climate – Trek to the Discotheque
Lincolnshire’s own Current Climate have released new track ‘Trek to the Discotheque’, championed by BBC Music Introducing in Lincolnshire. With clear Britpop influences and a nod to Pulp’s Jarvis Crocker, the track is wonderful mix of old-school disco and modern-day indie. Check it out on Spotify!
The Magic Gang – Somebody Like You
Masters of indie-pop, The Magic Gang have brought us feel-good indie-banger ‘Somebody Like You’. The track follows-up from their recently released second album ‘Death of the Party’, and is their first self-produced song.
Anna Straker – Boys Will Be Boys
Lincolnshire-born Anna Straker released fierce and powerful feminist anthem ‘Boys Will Boys’ at the end of October, and we love it. Following the release of ‘Good Days, Bad Days’ with Gabrielle Aplin and ‘London Knows’ earlier this year, Straker has gone from strength to strength and we can’t wait to hear what’s next.
Blossoms – Christmas Eve (Soul Purpose)
You may say it’s too early for Christmas, but we disagree. Getting us into the Christmas spirit, indie legends Blossoms have released a beautifully nostalgic bundle of warmth. Get me a hot chocolate and turn this one up.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Once a month, we send round the latest news and updates from BTW HQ
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.
Equally, we might just want to share some of our favourite memories from past festivals, and there will definitely be opportunities for you to get involved in helping out.
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