British Sea Power x FTF

The release of Do You Like Rock Music, the seminal album by British Sea Power, required a memorable event to mark the occasion and amplify the band’s idiosyncratic charm, while rewarding a core audience of dedicated fans.  In 2008, the band’s manager David Taylor approached From the Fields to deliver this task, and was later delighted with the result: a one-of-a-kind micro-festival at England’s highest altitude pub, Tan Hill. 


The intended one-off was so successful that it morphed into a 3-show series, featuring unforgettable live sets from British Sea Power alongside a curated collection of leading support acts, including Metronomy, Wild Beasts, iliketrains and Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, who all performed to intimate audiences of just 200 gathered at the isolated North Yorkshire site.


The events featured everything from husky racing, birds of prey and wrestling in the afternoon, followed by evenings of music, firework displays and spontaneous jam sessions from the likes James Ford (Simeon Mobile Disco), Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys, Last Shadow Puppets) and Miles Kane (Klaxons), who were among the festival audience. With extensive coverage across the music press, the event went down in history as the highest (and smallest!) gathering of top-level talent in 00’s England.


“Sing Ye from the hillsides events were a magical experiment that seem to have taken on some mythical status like the Sex Pistols gigs in 1976”

Having been one of the bands to play the first ever Kendal Calling festival it was obvious that we should do this with Andy and Ben of From the Fields and they held the whole thing together and consolidated our working and personal relationships that have continued through many more appearances at Kendal Calling and at the first BlueDot at Jodrell Bank


DAVID TAYLOR, BRITISH SEA POWER MANAGER