Back to basics for Limetree Festival

Set among the beautiful green backdrop of Limetree Farm nature reserve at Grewelthrope near Ripon, Limetree Festival - which runs from August 1 to 3 - is a three-day bonanza focusing on stripped-back music.

Forget the hoi-polloi of trendies and VIP louts, Limetree Festival centres itself as an event commercial-free and purely dedicated to music lovers.

Chill out all weekend among the rolling hills, take in the mesmerising sites and sounds and feel the vibrant atmosphere that makes the Limetree Festival so special.

With music provided by an array of local talent, there will be a distinctly world flavour about proceedings with Leeds soul legends Chunky Butt Funky headlining on the Green Man stage along with Cantaloop who played Glastonbury this year.

Folk stars The New Rope String Band and electro heroes the Global Police Force make up the main headliners.

With many more on the bill, you are sure to enjoy this eclectic line-up.

The Jason Rae stage is named in honour of the recently departed Haggis Horns saxophonist – and husband of singer Corinne Bailey Rae – who played with Chunky Butt Funky and others.

It is dedicated to up-and-coming talent such as The Guests and The iRRegulars, the likes of which have already caught the eye of Leeds top bands, the Kaiser Chiefs and the Pigeon Detectives.

Anyone who remembers the days of Northern Soul or the Hacienda is in for a treat as the Northern Soulz stage plays host to a 40-year retrospective of underground music in the north. DJs and live acts will keep your toes tapping all weekend, starting on Friday with dance hall classics and ending on Sunday with modern house music with a healing field, where you can rejuvenate mind, body and soul. Discover a variety of alternative therapies and workshops, everything from reiki to vortex healing. Watch demonstrations or join one of the meditation groups.

For those that want to stay up into the wee small hours there is a late night cinema which will be showing a number of thought-provoking features, as well as premiering some locally-made films.

Completing the festival are the classic funfair rides, comedy acts, cabaret and street theatre, open mic stage for poetry, politics, literature and more.

Food and drink is also high on Limetree's agenda, you won't find any economy burgers or rip-off prices here.There is a themed cocktail bar, beer tents, with all alcoholic drinks being capped at 2.50. Only quality local food vendors have been allowed and will be providing a wide variety of different foods including hog roast, a noodle bar, cream teas, vegetarian, curries, local ice cream, juices and more.

There will also be a host of weird and wonderful stalls for you to potter round and find that perfect memento of your weekend.

With free camping, onsite parking, no rip off prices, no nasty toilets, no prima donnas and no need to take time off work. This is one event not to be missed.

Weekend tickets cost 60 with free camping. Day tickets are 45, with parking costing. Under 16s go free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Tickets are available from Jumbo and Crash records or by calling the ticketline on 01937 557812.

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