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Echo & The Bunnymen to Headline Rapha's Tempest Festival

The inaugural Rapha Tempest Festival has today announced Echo & The Bunnymen, 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 stunning Broughton Hall Estate in North Yorkshire, Rapha Tempest Festival is a celebration of road cycling and is the first of its kind in the UK. With rides and racing, giant screens, music, films, culinary indulgence fit for cyclists and plenty of partying, it will present the ultimate destination for fans of the sport to watch the peloton as it flies through the Yorkshire Dales and immerse themselves in the incredible atmosphere.

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 as just turning up on the roadside on the day is unlikely to be easy.

Accommodation for the festival offers something for every budget, 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 to arrive with yourself and your bike.


Partners Strava and Muc-Off will be a major part of the riding experience at the festival, and there will be suggested routes 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. Some of the other activities will include kid's rides and adventure area, an open air cinema with a host of cycling films and cyclocross course.

The Rapha Cycle Club will be hosting a pop-up shop on site, with the full Rapha range on sale including a limited edition Rapha Tempest collection, film nights, DJs and talks. There will of course be a Café open from 6am serving coffee and breakfast for those who are keen to ride first thing and a great atmosphere in the evening with a fully stocked bar and music. Giant screens will show the racing during the day, so those who choose to stay within the grounds to enjoy the festival will have the opportunity to see the action playing out in the surrounding countryside.

The ever-important Food and Drink selection will include the finest local food vendors and artisan producers, with local Yorkshire food heroes on hand to tempt guests throughout the weekend. A fully stocked bar in the event village will keep things flowing, and 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.

Music Lineup

The Enemy will be bringing their indie rock sound to headline the main stage on the first night. The band's ability to deliver stunning live performances has seen them share a stage with some of the biggest and greatest acts in the world including The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, Oasis, The Manic Street Preachers, Ash and Paul Weller. Mercury Prize nominated I Am Kloot will be joining them on Friday night. Famous for their witty, poetic lyrics and mesmerising tones, expect a symphonic set from this acclaimed Manchester three-piece.

Hot off the release of their first studio album in five years, rockers Echo & The Bunnymen will headline the main stage on Saturday night, whose live performance of their atmospheric anthems are not to be missed.

They will be joined by fellow Liverpudlians The Lightning Seeds on the same night. Fronted and formed by Ian Broudie, they will be sure to delight the crowd with their string of recognisable hits. Joining the headliners will be Josh Record and John Helliwell's (of Supertramp) group Crème Anglaise bringing jazz, funk, blues, soul and rock to the main stage.

When: 3rd July - 6th July 2014
Where: Broughton Hall Estate, near Skipton, North Yorkshire
Weekend Tickets:

  • £85 per adult
  • £45 per child under 14 (Under 14s must be with an adult)
  • Children aged 4 free
  • Tickets available via:
  • Four tiers of camping are available to choose from, from basic bring-your-own tent to luxury camping. There will also be a separate family camping area.
  • Bringing your road bike is encouraged. There will be bike parking and a rider recovery zone to drop bikes off to be washed.
  • Big screens will be set up for anyone wishing to watch the great race.
  • Stages are easily accessible on two wheels - stage 1 is just three miles and stage two is 9 miles away from the festival site.

About Broughton Hall:

Broughton Hall has hosted round one of the Rapha Super Cross Series for the last two years and the Broughton Hall Estate extends to 3000 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, woodland and open countryside - a perfect paradise for cyclists, walkers, fishermen and nature lovers alike. The striking architecture and inspirational scenery lend the perfect backdrop for all events. The surrounding Yorkshire Dales enjoys a mix of outstanding scenery, rich cultural heritage and peaceful atmosphere all on the doorstep.