The Dentdale Music & Beer Festival 23rd-25th June 2017

Festival Wristbands '17

As in previous years the festival will remain free-to-enter and to help us do this festival wristbands will be on sale again this year and allow the wearer to enjoy up to £1.50 off a pint of beer and discounts on other drinks!

Online orders for wristbands has now finished but wristbands will be on sale in the merchandise tent from mid-afternoon Friday 23rd June.


There are two campsites in Dent village. High Laning which is the larger of the two sites takes pre-bookings which we would recommend if you're just here for the festival weekend. Also in the village is Conder Farm which operates on a first-come, first-served basis and has a tendency to begin to fill up in the week preceding the festival. Outside the village and a few miles further up the dale at Cowgill is Ewegales campsite.

Contact Details

High Laning - 015396 25239 or
Conder Farm - 015396 25277
Ewegales - 015396 25440

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Festival Programme Now Available for Download!

16th June 2017

Containing all the festival details we're pleased to announce that this year's festival programme is now available for download here: Festival Programme

Accommodation Update

12th June 2017

All bed and breakfast, self-catering and camping accommodation for the festival is now fully booked in and around Dent village.

We strongly advise you to make sure you have somewhere to stay before setting off for the festival.

Bring on the music...

We've got our usual eclectic selection of live music for you this year featuring...


After a storming set last year we had to invite back the massively impressive Trenchtown UK with their exciting and original 21st century take on Ska and Reggae standards and their own material.

Also on Friday we're going a bit prog-rock with Red Bazaar, a bit Cumbrian red-necked with The Hey Down Treaders and Dawn Foster of Room Full of Mirrors fame brings her new folkadelic dance band Shallamarra to the party.


Saturday highlights include the magnificent Monster Ceilidh Band, with their full-on fusion of modern and traditional dance music. We're also very proud to welcome to the festival Liv Austen and her band, with stunning and versatile vocals and artfully crafted lyrics, Liv has quickly become one of the UK's best country singer-songwriters.

And to top it all off there's our fantabulous festival house band The Dog Roses.


Our Sunday afternoon headliner is the hugely talented Rise Kagona and the Jit Jive Band. Championed by the likes of DJ's John Peel and Andy Kershaw, Rise Kagona quickly came to fame after travelling to the UK with Zimbabwe band The Bhundu Boys when he was in his early 20s. The Bhundu Boys went on to tour the world becoming one of the first African bands to achieve worldwide success. After tragically losing most of the original members of the band in the late 90s, Rise returns with chief collaborator Andy Cooke and a five piece band to bring you Rise's own unique and infectious style of African dance music.

The incredibly talented Nick Harper returns again this year with his perfect blend of thought-provoking lyrics, soulful singing, and virtuoso guitar playing.

More to come...

The full festival line-up will appear on our music page over the coming weeks.

And for the beer...

Our two resident beer specialists have gone dug out they're rosy-tinted glasses and gone all dewy-eyed with nostalgia to bring you a trip down memory lane (on foot of course) and a beer selection officialy titled 'Festival Favourites'. We're not sure how they've got to their selection as every beer seems to be their favourite judging by their exemplary dedication to tasting it.

When we've had chance to bring 'em back from their lost reverie (and sobered 'em up a bit) there'll be a full list on our beer page.

We'll also have fine craft ales from our local breweries in Dent and Kirkby Lonsdale, a wide selection of real ciders, and not forgetting the Primary School Pimm's Bar (strictly for adults only!)

Holiday Cottages

There are a number of holiday cottages for rent in Dentdale. Please see links below for details.

Festival Parking

Due to the very limited parking available in Dent village a dedicated festival car park will be available this year at Millbeck Farm - located a few hundred yards from the festival site on the Sedbergh-Dent road.

Big Weekend Prize Draw

Online orders for prize draw tickets has now finished but tickets will be available from the merchandise tent from mid-afternoon on Friday 23rd June.

Festival Bus

This year, once again our transport division with help from the Western Dales Community Bus will be covering services between Dent Station and Dent Village.

If you're thinking of travelling to and from the festival by train drop us a line at

We'll be posting a timetable as we get closer to the event.

Volunteers Needed

The festival is run on a voluntary basis and we are always in need of extra help over the weekend. If you could spare a couple of hours over the weekend in return for a free pint please drop us a line.

A big thank you to everyone who's already offered their help and support.

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Dentdale Music and Beer Festival is a free-entry, comunity-led, not-for-profit festival organised by Dent Music and Beer Festival Ltd - an Industrial Provident Society for the Benefit of the Community registered in England.

Register no: 32068R. Registered Office: The Old Rectory, Litlington, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 5RB.