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.
If you’d like to sign up for the Beyond The Woods monthly newsletter, please pop your details in the form below:
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!
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!
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!
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 email@example.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.
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.
We'd like to say a big thank you to
the following people for helping to make Beyond The Woods possible: