Skipton sends forth its entry into the crowded summer festival pool this August, with Reach Festival returning after a hugely successful inaugural year in 2015. Located at the wonderful Piked Edge Farm, the festival promises an affordable option for Yorkshire locals but without sacrificing any of the quality, instead guaranteeing that this year’s event will be a step up from what has come before.
Back for the second time will be a special Ibiza tent, showcasing ‘21 Years of Ibiza’, with white isle residents and guest headliners uniting to offer a glimpse of the world’s foremost party island. Spread across the lineup, the likes of Stefano Noferini, Pirupa, Solardo and Jey Kurmis bring a dangerous amount of tech-house to the party, with Leeds residents like Luke Pompey and Rickie DH stepping up alongside Ostgut Ton’s Tobias and a wealth of still underexplored talent. 21 Years of Ibiza has already confirmed Seb Fontaine and Gina Breeze for the event, with more special guests still to be unveiled.
With its thoughtful bookings policy and community orientated mantra, Reach Skipton is a real stronghold for local promoters and artists, offering them the chance to get involved with a festival and connect with fans of music not drawn in by exaggerated hype or obvious big name bookings. The festival is all about the atmosphere, with great music from lesser names allowing it to provide quality that speaks for itself, setting it apart from the swollen pack of summer festivals that simply look to blow their budgets on established artists that everyone has seen before. It’s this attitude that might just make Reach festival one of the shiniest hidden gems of summer 2016.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of DMC