The festival changes approach with a series of city events in the north of England.

Formerly a summer festival held in the green surrounds of the Yorkshire Dales, Beacons Festival has announced it will be heading to the cities of Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool this October.

Rebranding itself as Beacons Metro, the primary focus will be on a 12-week programme of events in an unused space in Leeds city centre. There will also be a smaller number of events held in Manchester and Liverpool.

In a statement on its website, Beacons explained the decision to switch to inner-city events was due to feedback from festival-goers that “the cost of attending a traditional, camping festival was becoming increasingly difficult to meet.”

Line-ups are yet to be announced, but Beacons says that full venue, programming and ticketing information for all events will be released over the coming weeks. If you’ve already purchased an early bird ticket for Beacons Festival 2015, organisers say all customers should have been contacted, with full refunds on the way.



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