The Dentdale Music & Beer Festival 24th-26th June 2016

Festival Wristbands '16

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.

There's two kinds on sale this year (group or individual) allowing the wearer to enjoy up to £1.50 off a pint of beer and discounts on other drinks!

* dependant on the drink - full price lists will be displayed in the beer tent.

Please note: The wristband scheme is for alcoholic drinks only. Soft drinks and mineral water are the same price with or without a wristband.

Online orders for wristbands have now finished.


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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20th May 2016

With more explosive power than an overshaken bottle of Babycham the full monty of festival ales and ciders has been laid bare on our newly updated Beer Festival page:

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Artists confirmed so far...

We've got a great weekend of live music for you this year...


Our very own Dentdale rockers Seven Sided Dice kick off proceedings followed by new-to-the-festival folk & bluegrass band - The Jaywalkers. There's a welcome return to the festival all the way from Los Angeles for Franco and the Dreadnought. Cumbria festival favourites myLittleBrother are back and rounding off the evening with their traditional foot-stomping sound there's new-to-the-festival band Northern Company (Danny Kyle Award Winners 2016 - Celtic Connections).


The slightly crazy medieval speed-folk sound of Perkelt return again to head up the afternoon session ably supported by amongst others the one man tour-de-force Blanty, the rich Jazz-tinged vocals of Karin Grandal-Park & Rosie Clegg, and sing-along festival favourites Acoustic Routes.

Moving into the evening there's some western swing in the air with The 309's followed by american bar-room rock from Massey Ferguson, on tour from the US and promoting their new album 'Run It Right Into The Wall'. Our main slots of the evening go to Bradford-based 7 piece Reggae-Ska band Trenchtown UK, complete with 3 horn brass section. An exciting and original 21st century take on Ska and Reggae standards along with the band's own material to get us all up there doing our thing! And to top it all off there's our fantabulous festival house band The Dog Roses.


We've a laid back start to Sunday under a Northern Sky, another band with Dentdale connections that has been gathering great reviews across Cumbria and has featured on BBC Introducing. Pop rockers The Conspirators are back with their British inspired blend of guitar riffs and catchy melodies.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners the Sam Kelly Trio make their Dentdale debut, followed by Celtic Connections Award Winner Bella Gaffney and the Bric-a-Brac Band.

Our Sunday headliner is the incredibly talented Nick Harper. Nick's performances are the perfect blend of thought-provoking lyrics, soulful singing, and virtuoso guitar playing. Son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, Nick grew up playing guitar surrounded the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour so it was no surprise when Nick made his recording debut on his father's Whatever Happened to Jugula? in 1985. Nick's live shows are a wild ride from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud. He often segues from his own compositions to well-loved covers he makes his own - he takes on Presley, Zappa, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, Monty Python and Public Enemy (yes, on an acoustic guitar). For over two decades he's been dazzling audiences and reviewers alike with this heady mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship and sheer bravado.

More to come...

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

And for the beer...

The two blokes down the pub - Bob and Bob - have really excelled themselves this time. They've been paraletic in the Peak District, in a stupor in Snowdonia, 'as a newt' in the New Forest and definitely on a bit of a lean in the Lake District, and they've done this all so you can enjoy the best craft ales from the National Parks of Great Britain.

When we've had chance to sober '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. For more information please contact Millbeck Farm on (015396) 25424 or follow this link.

Big Weekend Prize Draw

We just can't seem to get enough of 'The Big Weekend Prize Draw'. So here it is back again for 2016.

1st Prize: 7 nights at Dent Station Snow Hut as featured on Channel 4's 'Four in a Bed'

2nd Prize: 2 nights B&B at The George and Dragon, Dent.

3rd Prize: 2 nights B&B at The Sun Inn, Dent.

Plus more prizes to be announced.

Tickets available from the merchandise tent on the festival field.

For terms and conditions click here.

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 supper & 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.