Echo & The Bunnymen to headline Rapha’s inaugural four-day road cycling festival

Enjoy the Tour de Yorkshire, guided riding, great food and drink and classic bands at the Broughton Hall Estate

by Sarah Barth   May 17, 2014  

Rapha Tempest

Echo & The Bunnymen have been announced as the headline act at the inaugural Rapha Tempest Festival - lining up alongside The Enemy, The Lightning Seeds and I Am Kloot as the first wave of artists to take to the stage at the four day road cycling extravaganza.

Set within the Broughton Hall Estate in North Yorkshire, Rapha Tempest Festival will be a celebration of road cycling running from the 3rd to the 6th July.

With rides and racing, giant screens, bars, cafes, music, films, culinary indulgence and plenty of partying, it will present the ultimate destination for cycling fans to watch the Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire on giant screens.

Stage one passes just three miles away, with access to the route through the estate, and stage two is a nice nine mile ride. With extensive road closures planned it will be essential for visitors to the area to have a base - and a bike - to get around.

Accommodation ranges from pitch-your-own tents to luxury camping, with a dedicated family camping area.  If you are riding to the festival, you can choose the pre-pitched option which means you’ll just need minimal kit - just arrive with your bike.

There’ll be cycling routes provided on Rapha Route Cards, guided Sunrise and Sunset Rapha rides, a Hill Climb Competition, and a mini Super Cross course with races for varying ages and ability on Friday and Saturday.

Strava will be hosting a Download Centre to record your days’ activity, and Muc-Off will be providing a Rider Recovery Zone to take care of mechanical and aesthetic post-ride bike care.

Other activities will include kid’s rides and adventure area, an open air cinema with a host of cycling films and cyclocross course.

The food and drink selection will include the finest local food vendors and artisan producers, with local Yorkshire food available throughout the weekend. The real ale tent will take pride of place offering a selection of Yorkshire’s finest ales, including The Copper Dragon, York Brewery and Ilkley Brewery.

And when the lights go down there’s the indie rock sound of The Enemy headlining on the first night, followed by I Am Kloot on Friday night. Echo & The Bunnymen will headline the main stage on Saturday night, joined by fellow Liverpudlians The Lightning Seeds. All the stages are a short (1-3 mile) cycle ride from the camping areas.

Tickets cost £85 for adults and £45 for under-14s and under-4s going free.

Click here for more information and to book tickets.

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MAMILFEST!

No one under 35 will know who Echo & The Bunnymen are.

It'll be worse than the crowd at a Stone Roses gig with all those 40 somethings dressing like 1990 suddenly gave them a second chance.

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [357 posts]
17th May 2014 - 15:05

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Nonsense. A bit like saying no one under the age of 50 will not know who Little Richard is. Modern music draws on multiple influences as it always has done.

posted by andrewd3 [2 posts]
17th May 2014 - 22:06

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Your analogy is nonsense. Wink

I can barely remember the last time I heard any E&TB material on the radio.... even "People are Strange".

I heard little Richard playing yesterday on my way home.

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [357 posts]
17th May 2014 - 23:11

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You don't hear Echo on the radio, you download albums and listen to them because they are brilliant. I am 37 now (above your 35 threshold admittedly, but in 1996 we had the Electrafixion poster along with Trainspotting on the wall of our student house. Then everyone got into Echo after Donnie Darko (2001.) If you hadn't hear them between The Lost Boys (1987) and 2001 you weren't really paying attention. The fact that you might have heard 'People Are Strange' on the radio puts you right in the middle of the Echo demographic.

I currently have Porcupine, Ocean Rain, Candleland, Mysterio, Burned and Evergreen; all genius by any name, and hope to explore some more. There are very few artists that I have more music from or would like to see more.


I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1582 posts]
18th May 2014 - 1:06

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Okay... Let's get pedantic and allow me to change the statement. Let's instead go with...

Almost no one under 35 will know who Echo and the Bunnymen are.

Can you see the difference that makes?

I'm 42 and was a fan in the 80's and again when they restarted in the 90's. At 37, you're in the demographic I would expect people to at least remember the band.

Oh... As a point of order Electrafixion was a different band.

Rolling On The Floor Love it. You're gonna turn me into a troll by the end of this.

Anyway... Time for my mamilian-aged arse to be on a saddle.

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [357 posts]
18th May 2014 - 9:35

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Not on my list, it says: McCulloch, Ian [Electrafixion]


I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1582 posts]
18th May 2014 - 12:28

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Would it've killed them to put some Yorkshire bands on the bill? Our county has a rich seam running through rock history: Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Human League, The Mission, er... Shed Seven, Black Lace, erm... Tony Christie... D Oh

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posted by Him Up North [240 posts]
18th May 2014 - 21:01

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