Boney M, Happy Mondays and The Orb headlining the Beat-Herder festival

Original line up: Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett, Maizie Williams and Bobby Farrell, who died in 2010

Original line up: Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett, Maizie Williams and Bobby Farrell, who died in 2010

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Well you can’t accuse Lancashire’s best festival of being anything other than ecclectic.

The Beat-Herder festival in the Ribble Valley has announced its headliners – the Happy Mondays, The Orb and Boney M.

They will be joined by French electronic pioneer Vitalic and Italian electro house punk upstarts The Bloody Beetroots this July (Friday 18 -Sunday 20).

Festival co-founder Nick Chambers said: “It’s such an exciting bill it’s hard to know where to start!

“Festival regulars like the Dub Pistols, Mr. Scruff and The Utah Saints will be rubbing shoulders with German techno legend Timo Maas, Dub Phizix & Strategy and hip hop mixologist DJ Format will be mashing-up the Trailer Trash stage, rockers Wolf Alive will be wigging out at the Maison D’etre.

“Koan Sound in The Fortress is going to go off!

“Saturday will be incredible with The Bloody Beetroots.

“And it’s all topped of with the Happy Mondays on Sunday night. It’s going to be amazing!”

Beat-Herder offers 15 stages including the mighty Main Stage, the oriental mystery of The Fortress, the heady atmosphere of The Woods, the Trailer Trash Big Top, the cosy Snug, and an authentic Working Men’s Club.

Other big names for Herders to savour include Austrian dance group Klangkarussell, electro original Greg Wilson, hotly-tipped Mancunian Bipolar Sunshine, Riva Starr and what promises to be a one-off performance by Welsh urban heroes Goldie Looking Chain in the Working Men’s Club.