With just under 2 weeks to go until Beacons Festival takes hold of the stunning Yorkshire Dales, we decided to dig a little deeper inside one of the minds behind this inspirational art and music boutique festival. Luckily, organiser/promoter John Drysdale was on call to fill us in about what’s in store this year (after the 2011 was sadly cancelled) and the inspiration behind his vision.
Even outside of Beacons you guys seem to have a lot of love for Skipton. What makes it so special to you?
SKIPTON IS THE GATEWAY TO THE DALES AND ONE OF THE MOST PICTURESQUE PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, SOME OF THE DIRECTORS HAVE LIVED OR LIVE CLOSE BY, IT HAS EXCELLENT TRAVELS CONNECTIONS TO THE MAJOR NORTHERN CITIES AND SOMEWHERE WE LOVE TO BE.
This year’s event looks even more exciting then last years’ which was sadly cancelled. What’s given you the drive to push past such a big hitch and deliver this year?
WE HAVE A VERY CLEAR VISION FOR THE EVENT, LAST YEARS PROBLEMS WERE SIGNIFICANT BUT WE TRIED TO TAKE THE POSITIVES FROM IT AND PUSHED ON AS THOUGH THE FESTIVAL HAD TAKEN PLACE.
What sets Beacons apart from other festivals? Is there a story behind its name?
WE WERE MOOR MUSIC FESTIVAL A FEW YEARS AGO, BUT WHEN THE FESTIVAL TOOK ON TWO NEW DIRECTORS AND A CHANGE IN DIRECTION, A NAME CHANGE SEEMED THE CORRECT THING TO DO PLUS WE HAD MOVED OFF THE MOORS ONTO THE DALES.
I like the sound of the healing quarter, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
THE HEALING QUARTER IS RUN BY THE HERD OF CAT COLLECTIVES, EXPECT ALL THE USUAL THERAPY,S FROM ACUPUNCTURE TO REIKI.
The lineups very eclectic, what did you look for in artists and who are you most looking forward to catching yourselves?
NEW AND EXCITING ACTS FROM ACROSS THE MUSIC SPECTRUM, THE LINE UP HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. IM LOOKING FORWARD TO JULIO BASHMORE, WILLIS EARL BEAL, TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS AND ALFOS
What are your favourite festivals? How have they influenced putting Beacons together?
THERE ARE SOME HIGH QUALITY EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY, BLOC (EVEN WITH ITS ISSUES THIS YEAR) GREEN MAN, BESTIVAL.
What are your hopes and dreams for Beacons 2012?
WE JUST HOPE EVERYONE ENJOYS THE FESTIVAL AND ALL THE HARD WORK WE HAVE PUT IN PAYS OFF.
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