Beached Festival

Beached Festival

The Beached Festival is a free festival held annually in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England. After 6 years it has grown to become the biggest free festival on the east coast of England.

The festival started in 2001 as a small gig which gained interest from local bands and DJs. During the second year The Libertines played and things grew from there. In 2005 there were two more days added to the weekend, one of which was a movie night and the other an orchestral night. In 2006 a Big Band played instead of the Orchestra.

To fund the festival a grant is obtained from Scarborough Borough Council and the rest is gained by corporate sponsorship. [ [ BBC's coverage of Beached 2006] ]

As the festival expanded more popular bands appeared on the beached stage including The Libertines, The Fratellis, Electric Eel Shock (Who appeared in 2003 and then returned in 2005 to play with The West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra), The Enemy, Thunder, Kaiser Chiefs, The Bluetones and The Quireboys between the years 2001 and 2006.


2007 saw a major breakthrough for the festival, with adverts running in the magazine NME and the introduction of big name sponsors. The festival yet saw established acts such as Foals, Frank Turner, One Night Only, The Hoosiers, Amy Macdonald, DARTZ!, Alabama 3 and The Paddingtons gracing the stage, with Nine Black Alps and Inme headlining the event.


The 2008 festival saw acts such as Ebony Bones,Flamboyant Bella, Sergeant, Natty, The Paddingtons and The Ryes performing. One Night Only and Dodgy were the headliners.

ee also

*List of music festivals in the United Kingdom
*Festivals in the United Kingdom
*Soundwave Festival


External links

* [ Official Beached website]

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