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Nick Grimshaw, Scott Mills and DJ Kristian Nairn to headline Exeter Beats

By April 25, 2019January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates

Friday 3rd May – DJ Kristian Nairn (Hodor from Game of Thrones)

Saturday 4th May – DJ Scott Mills

Sunday 5th May – DJ Nick Grimshaw



Exeter Beats announces a star DJ line-up of Nick Grimshaw, Scott Mills and DJ Kristian Nairn to take over Exeter Castle’s courtyard during the three-night festival. Exeter Beats is part of the award-winning Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink which is back for its 16th consecutive year on the May Day Bank Holiday.

On Friday 3rd May, festival goers can listen to DJ Kristian Nairn – a house DJ playing from 9.30pm until late.  The night will start with a DJ set from Radio Exe followed by live music from West Country band New Heroes. 

On Saturday 4th May, for those looking for a 80s and 90s vibe, Saturday night will involve Scott Mills (from BBC Radio 1) taking over at 9.30pm treating visitors to an evening of 80s, 90s and party classics.  Earlier on in the night, there will be sets by Devon’s very own Conscious Club and DJ Aldo Vanucci. 

On Sunday 5th May, the night is aimed at students with Nick Grimshaw (from BBC Radio 1) keeping students entertained from 9.30pm until late. Warming up beforehand will be local band Pattern Pusher kicking things off at 7pm, followed by house sensation DJ Freejak. 

Powered by FridayFlava and sponsored by Pavey Group a Gallagher Company with bar sponsor Otter Brewery, Exeter Beats gates will open at 6.30pm and will close at 7.30pm before the acts start.  First release tickets go on sale on Thursday 28th March for one week and will cost £18. For full ticket details, please see below.

Students can also gain free entry at Monday’s Food & Drink Festival by showing their wristband from Sunday Beats and their student card.

Headline sponsor Pavey Group a Gallagher Company says “We are delighted to be supporting Exeter Beats, this is our third time sponsoring and we are always impressed by the acts who perform over the three night festival, a great event based in a city we’re proud to be part of ”



Bar sponsor Patrick McCaig from Otter Brewery says “Exeter Beats hits the mark for us. A packed house at Exeter Castle is the perfect gig for us to refresh the crowd with a range of local beers and spirts including what has just been voted the UK’s best session lager –TARKA FOUR.”

 For full information and line up, please go to