SHHHHH ... whisper it folks, but summer has apparently landed.

And that means only one thing ... the Summer Saturnalia Festival is just around the corner.

Taking place at the Funkirk Estate, Skipton, from Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22, the three-day knees-up boasts an eclectic mix of dance, techno, music workshops, experimental theatre, arts and crafts.

Now in its third year organisers are promoting this year’s event with clever use of the slogan – “The Music Sounds Better With You.”

Event co-ordinator Matthew Terry explained: “Summer Saturnalia is a three-day celebration of music and arts set in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside.

“We’re a not-for-profit, fiercely independent event and only three years young – we’re the freshest festival around.

“Summer Saturnalia is brought to you by a team of veteran DJs, promoters, artists and partygoers, lovers of great festivals and lifelong supporters of the local, national (and now international) music and arts scene.”

Four arenas will showcase some of the best music and art from around the world:

Titan – live outdoor stage: Showcasing the best live music throughout the afternoons and evenings, then big club sounds into the small hours.

Pandora – soulful electronic music stage: Chilled summer vibes for a sunny afternoon turn to deep techy grooves in the small hours, via footwork, dubstep, techno, deep house, electronica, ambient and future sounds.

The Black Hole – the finest bass music. All flavours, all eras. A renegade rave stage brought to festival-goers by the MOB Sound System in association with Pure.

Opalia – New for 2012, a boatload of things to see and get involved with. Opalia plays host to a full line-up of artists – from the traditional to the unconventional, and everything in between.

Matthew added: “Keep an eye on the Summer Saturnalia Mix Series, a place for us to showcase the dance music side of the festival and introduce you to some of the DJs that have played in the past or are due to play at future events.

“Fresh mixes are appearing on a regular basis; check back to listen to the newest Saturnalia sounds.”

The line-up features Extra Curricular and Mr Shiraz along with Monty Adkins, Statelapse, Ignition Technician, Formless and Jay Clarke.

And the festival has achieved a real coup this year with top live artist Neil Landstrumm demonstrating live electronics at it’s very best.

Other featured artists include:

iTAL tEK | Author | Extra Curricular | Monty Adkins | East Park Reggae Collective | Statelapse | Celt Islam | Arkist | Kevlar Boombox feat. Ball-Zee | Ignition Technician | Jay Clarke | Angry Vs the Bear | DFRNT | Squire of Gothos | Vector Lovers | Percept | Formless | Hannah Trigwell | JammHot | DJM | The Majestic | Johnny Sideways | Dr Weevil | Dom Roffey & Ben Woollard | Dankle | China Shop | Bull | Karma Kid | Disquiet Mind | DJ Infusion | Sparky Quano | Chicken Scratch.

The festival puts a huge emphasis on locally sourced, reasonably priced, and home cooked food.

With Full Circle taking over catering, there will be a focus on vegan and vegetarian food as well as meals for the meat-lovers too, along with a great selection of crisp ales, hearty suppers and a great view to go with it.

Along with the music there is music, live art, interactive analogue synthesisers, comedy cellar presents... workshops, video and sound installations, performance art, experimental theatre, street dance, walkabout theatre, burlesque, oriental dance, contemporary dance, magicians, arts and crafts and films.

Full-priced tickets are £60 for all three days, camping and parking.

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