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.
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.