Beacons Fest heads to city

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One of Yorkshire’s biggest music festivals is coming into the city centre from this year.

Beacons Festival is to leave its current location of Skipton and instead move to newer, more urban pastures in the city centre. Organisaers, who also plan to stage events in Liverpool and Manchester, have decided to dub the festival with the new name of Beacons Metro.

The event will encompass film, music, art and food, with further details expected in March regarding this year’s lineup.

Beacons Metro spokesman Simon Stevens said: “After a great deal of careful thought and consideration, the Beacons team would like to announce that for 2015, Beacons Festival will be bidding farewell to the green fields and valleys of the Yorkshire Dales. Despite feeling that 2014 was the best Beacons Festival so far, the feedback we received from the vast majority of festival goers in 2014 was that the cost of attending a traditional, camping festival was becoming increasingly difficult to meet. Our desire to make Beacons more accessible combined with the opportunity to work with some amazing partners at some truly unique spaces, was enough to convince us that the time was right to move onto the next stage of the festival’s evolution.

“In October 2015, Beacons will be taking over an incredible 3 storey, former textile mill in the heart of Leeds city centre.

“We will be collaborating with some amazing partners to deliver a full 12 week program of cutting edge music, art, film and food events in over 11,000 square feet of previously unused space.”

Anybody who has purchased an early bird ticket for 2015 will be contacted by the festival organisers and offered a full refund as soon as possible.

The George IV pub in Hunslet, Leeds, prior to its closure. Picture: Google

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