Beyond festival organizers promise a spectacular and diverse musical celebration at Leicester’s Abbey Park

A spectacular musical celebration is taking place in Leicester this summer, as the first Beyond Festival takes place in the city’s Abbey Park. Organizers say the event – which is described as ‘Leicester’s first and biggest dance festival’ – will be unlike anything the city has seen before.

The main event will take place on Saturday, June 25 and will feature over 30 international acts in three stages. Guests can enjoy sets from DJs like Skream, Danny Howard, Wilkinson and Dimension, as well as acts such as Low Steppa, Sammy Virji and Murphy’s Law and PAX from Leicester.

On Friday evening, the festival will offer a different musical experience, with a classic celebration of house music. Secret Symphony will present Ibiza Proms in the Park – an experimental and orchestral show featuring some of Ibiza’s most iconic anthems.

READ MORE:Dinosaurs including the T-Rex arrive at Leicester’s Abbey Park

The festival is created by a team of seasoned event professionals, who want to provide the people of Leicester with a unique two-day music event. One of the event directors, known as Brina, told LeicestershireLive: “We think Leicester has a fantastic history and love for music in a festival type event and we felt it something was missing Speaking to the events team at Leicester City Council and others about what was missing from the city’s cultural program and looking around the rest of the UK we felt that Leicester was behind in its offer of live cultural events.

“Leicester City Council’s events team have been supportive and said Abbey Park will be available and suitable. Because it’s a spectacular and wonderful park, and people want an experience these days, we felt that by hosting this event we were really adding to Leicester’s cultural entertainment programme.”


As we previously reported, Leicestershire Police made a representation about the event because although it was acknowledged that it would ‘bring very good economic benefit to the town’, there was some number of concerns, including that the scale of the event would put the police and other public services under pressure.

However, the license from Leicester City Council – which is a permanent license for the last weekend of June each year – has since been granted. According to Brina, it’s now “full steam” for the summer event.

He said: “We have been talking to Leicester City Council for some time about this event and we are very pleased that they have encouraged us to host the festival and to use Abbey Park for something which we think will be fantastic. . for the city.”


Brina explained that although the event will only be held over two days this year, a three-day license has been requested as the team is looking to expand and improve the event in the future.

“The license was never about a three-day dance festival or a three-day rave. It was about getting a three-day license to hold a diverse range of events over a three-day weekend. days, which many events across the country do. to maximize and make the event viable. We were encouraged by the Leicester City Council events team to hold the orchestral event on the Friday as we felt this would be a wonderful event that the city needed,” he said.

Secret Symphony presents Ibiza Proms In The Park
Secret Symphony presents Ibiza Proms In The Park

“There is a very distinct difference in the demographics of the audience that the Friday event will attract to the Saturday event, and we believe for future years that Sunday could host a catering event. That explains the philosophy and the vision. that we need to bring activity to the park and we believe this will be embraced by visitors and also businesses who will benefit massively from a diverse portfolio of events over the course of a weekend – whether it be it taxis, other licensed premises or accommodation providers.”

Although this is the first Beyond Festival, the people behind this festival all have years of experience, such as putting on big shows, dance music events and building arenas in Glastonbury. “We have a massive team of industry professionals to make sure we run a good, safe event,” Brina continued. “We have been engaging with the Countil since last year on the Safety Advisory Group process, where we plan, discuss and work through all issues. There is a real collaborative partnership working to ensure that the event is a success in every way.”

The Friday, June 24 event will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the Saturday, June 25 event from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are available on the website.

About Raymond Lang

Check Also

The Day – Not just for fun, music has a philanthropic side

Hugh Birdsall had to come up with an idea. In 2014 Birdsall, then 60, was …