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The festival starts at 2pm on Friday 8th June but the campsite opens from 10am. If you’d like to camp on Thursday night then you can do so for £5 per person payable on arrival. The Flying Horse Shoes bar will be open on Thursday. The Festival runs until 1am on Friday, 3am Saturday and 10pm Sunday. Bars are open until 2am Friday, 4am Saturday and midnight on Sunday.

Some 3rd party ticket sellers will require you to collect your ticket from the box office on site. Please check the ticket seller for details.

Day tickets include camping until 10am, Weekend tickets include camping until 11am on Monday. The postcode for GPS is LA2 8ER.

Caravans & Camper vans

There is an additional fee for campervans of £30 per weekend. Tents are not allowed in the campervan area with the exception of children’s tents.

Children and families

Under 13s can come to the festival for free, they just need to be registered upon entry. The festival is generally a family friendly environment however we make no specific provisions for children and they remain the responsibility of the accompanying adult at all times.

Dogs are not allowed except guide dogs

Rough Beats Festival is held near the village of Clapham in the stunning Yorkshire dales. On the southern slopes of Ingleborough and the cusp of the Forest of Bowland, with the peaks of the Lake District on the horizon.

Car parking is free.

People can bring as much food and drink in to the camping area as they like but will only be able to take open drinks into the arena and strictly no glass or breakables.

There are disabled loos and disabled access throughout the site, please contact us if you have specific queries and we will clarify the situation and make appropriate arrangements.

Food and drink is as cheap as is possible and still deliver a quality product. Typically these are better prices than the local Northern pub. See the food and drink pages for more details.
It is possible to walk in to the village from the site which is very pretty and where there is a good general store, a good pub, quite a few B&Bs and cafes. You can also leave the site by car but re-entry by car will incur a charge. There is a general store on the site which offers all the essentials and from which you can place orders for things not stocked.

Central Depot

The Hub is our first all-weather proof full-scale outdoor stage. Enjoy festival headliners in the best possible live setting – an intimate arena in a dramatic and beautiful setting.

The Lock-up

Built from containers, this modern smugglers hide-away conceals a Sound system, lounge and speak easy. Includes inside spaces, outside spaces and inside-out spaces. Hosts The Bull Stage and The 4 Aces Club on Friday and the London Fields Stage on Saturday and Dead Young Records on Sunday.

Aurora Tent

Back for the 4th year but once again bigger than ever before, our indoor starry skied mainstage 2 with even more lights, even more sound and brilliant line-up.

stylus house night

Nelski, Ginny Koppenhol, Tomlinson, Ash Howell and others!

Lancaster based Stylus is a loose collective of party enthusiasts techies & Djs. Pioneers & purveyors of outdoor party's since the mid nineties, festivals are our natural habitat so we'r really excited to be returning to our favourite and local festival Rough Beats with our space, comprising of an action packed dance floor and a welcoming cafe bar.

Our stage will be powered by the mighty Rebel Bass Sound System and will be dripping with eye popping Stylus decor, with a menu of quality electronica - house, techno & plenty of daytime eclectics. The Stylus cafe will be serving up coffees & crepes, tea, toast, chocolate, waffles, pastries and omelettes, with the space covered by our Berber canopy tents. Expect choice munchies and an aural & visual feast.

To the Lazer Cave!

The Lazer Maze DJ collective will be bringing us their eclectic brand of cosmic disco, laser installations, and the infamous laser maze. Runs until 1am Friday, 2am Saturday.

Check this video out!

Return of The 4 Aces

The New 4 Aces club in Dalston for 40 years was a refuge of excellent alternative music from Desmond Decker, Jimmy Cliff, The Clash... returns for one weekend only exclusively to Rough Beats Festival. Until 1am Friday.

The Flying Horseshoes Pub

A local institution, we bring you Rough Beats Festival's very own pop-up boozer complete with bands and DJs. Serves until 1am Friday, 3am Saturday.

Read more in food and drink section.

Hula Tiki Beach Shack Cocktail Bar

The Hula Tiki Beach Shack Cocktail Bar will be bringing you lucky festival beachcombers a 1950's inspired tropical slice of Tiki goodness at this years Rough Beats Festival! You'll marvel at their amazing cocktail shaking skills, their fiery showmanship and most importantly you'll fall in love with their palate-teasing concoctions. Even the most hardy festival cocktail connoisseur will be spoilt for choice!

Read more in food and drink section.


Bringing back the old spool – includes SEPERADO!, Legacy In The Dust and more to be announced.

Read more in Cinema.

Food Quarter

A variety of the best international and local street food at great prices.

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Our very own market place, featuring an array of shops and stalls

Hula Tiki Beach Shack


We are delighted to announce that the Hula Tiki Beach Shack Cocktail Bar will be bringing you lucky festival beachcombers a 1950’s inspired tropical slice of Tiki goodness at this year’s Rough Beats Festival! You'll marvel at their amazing cocktail shaking skills, their fiery showmanship and most importantly you'll fall in love with their palate-teasing concoctions. Even the most hardy festival cocktail connoisseur will be spoilt for choice!

The team of award winning mixers from Manchester’s Northern Quarter hotspot ‘Hula Tiki Lounge’ regularly ply their trade internationally from Manchester to Miami and their reputation rests on their uncanny ability to transport you to the tropics of your imagination and create a perfect haven for you to unwind and wash away your troubles!

The Flying Horse Shoes

Our very own pop-up tribute to lost local landmark The Flying Horse Shoes Hotel. We’ll be serving long and late a range of quality real ales and ciders, cold lager and wine including our very own especially commissioned Rough Beats Festival Beer!

Blonde, fruity, refreshing and ideal for a long summer session – Goose Eye brewery’s Rough Beats Festival Beer is coming to a pub near you! The light and refreshing beer is ideal for the Summer Festival Season and has been produced in association with the award winning Goose Eye Brewery, who have been quenching Rough Beats' thirst for the past 4 years!

If you’d like to taste Rough Beats Festival Beer in your regular haunt then it is available to order now - for a limited time only. Order by contacting Dave and Linda:
01535 605807 -

International Street Food

We have hand selected the best international street food and local produce for your delectation this year – we promise more variety and choice than ever before!

All food trading opportunities have now gone.


Odyssey to a Parallel Universe...

Star Trek meets Buena Vista Social Club in this psychedelic western musical as Welsh pop legend GRUFF RHYS (Super Furry Animals) takes us on a pan continental road trip in search of his long lost Patagonian uncle, the poncho wearing guitarist RENE GRIFFITHS.

Director Dylan Goch follows Gruff Rhys on a tour that takes in the theatres, nightclubs and desert teahouses of Wales, Brazil and the Argentine Andes as he discovers what became of his family, the Welsh Diaspora and its musical legacy.

See the trailer

Legacy In The Dust: The Story of The New Four Aces

In the 1960s Mr. Newton Dunbar arrived in the UK from Jamaica and founded the one of the first Reggae music venues. For 33 years ‘The Four Aces Club’ was home to some of the most influential black British music and musicians of the late 20th Century.

It showcased new music genres like Blue Beat, Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Jazz and Soul performed at the time by artists such as Alton Ellis, Desmond Decker, Jimmy Cliff, Count Shelly, Ann Peebles, Percy Sledge, Ben E King, Aswad, Black Slate, Matumbi and many, many others.

See the trailer

Invisible Flock are a collective based in Leeds.

Their work utilizes installation, games, live performance and hidden technologies. They are interested in the subversion of social space and creating work for unusual locations.

Central to all our work is the desire to place audiences as empowered co-creators of the experience, whether through installations that are entirely user generated or through theatrical game play that allows for their choices to really affect the outcomes of the piece in a meaningful way.

Ben Eaton, Victoria Pratt and Richard Warburton have created new work and projects for major art buildings and festivals in the UK, including most recently:

  • The Crucible Theatre, Opera North, Live at LICA, The ICA and the National Theatre (Hide and Seek).

  • They have made work for galleries, theatres, city streets, nightclubs, the internet, abandoned shops, markets and the open sea.


By train

You can get to Clapham by train direct from Lancaster, Skipton & Leeds. West Coast trains go via Lancaster and East Coast trains via Leeds. From London tickets are typically £80, from Lancaster about £8 and £15 from Leeds. The festival is half a mile from Clapham Station.

By Car

Travel from the M1 via Leeds down the A65 to Clapham and follow the signs.

From the M6 (South) head to Lancaster and follow the A683/B6480 to Clapham. From the M6 North, take the A65 junction at Kendal and head South to Clapham. Postcode for auto pilots is LA2 8ER.

By coach

We have chartered a coach from London departing The London Fields Pub 12:30 on Friday 8th June departing the festival 10 am Monday 11th June. You can buy coach tickets in advance only online.

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