Based at Gateshead Rugby club in Low fell, the Gateshead Beer & Music Festival is run by a hardy bunch of volunteers with all funds raised going to the development of Rugby in Gateshead. What initially started off as a small festival in 2010 has escalated into one of the largest of its kind in the North of England and is now a must on the local festival calendar.
Whilst reaching out to many far afield, the organisers are very much about building a festival that brings together the local communities. The event supports local businesses by sourcing local produce and also involves local charities. The Beer Fest has become well respected on the local music scene, each year showcasing around 15 local up and coming bands alongside some musical heavyweights.
Headlining Friday 1st May will be Smoove & Turrell. Since the launch of their debut album Antique Soul in 2009, things have started accelerating very fast indeed for the Geordie duo. The lads have gone from being a complete unknown to headlining stages at festivals, such as Glastonbury and have supported major acts including the one and only Nile Rodgers & Chic. The boys will certainly bring Soul & Funk to Gateshead on Friday 1st May! Supporting S&T will be Geoff Mull, a contestant on last years X factor. Geoff was unlucky to just miss out on a seat at boot camp and is a very welcomed addition to the festival line-up.
On Saturday The Sleeze Sisters will be bringing their brilliant Glam rock show back for a second year! Over the course of the weekend, the festival will feature live sets from: Scenes, Blistered Molly, Stax Brothers, Claypath, The Maverick Rejects, Soul Street, Broken Levee, Northern Sky, Band of Beards and George Welch & Christine Jeans.
Closing the festival on Sunday will be The Dust Town Dogs who play an energetic and eclectic mix of Folk, Country, Punk, Ska and flamenco. Covering all forms of music in their own unique, fun and highly entertaining style, TDTD are one of the Northeast’s top glam rock bands.
“And then there’s the beer!”
There will be a great selection of ales on offer, which are sourced countrywide and the festival is also a great springboard for local brewers to showcase their Ales. In 2013 the Yorkshire Brewing company assisted with sourcing Yorkshires finest ales & in 2014 Double Top Brewery assisted with Nottinghamshire’s finest. This year the organisers have chosen Cumbria as their showcase region and with the help of the Hawkshead Brewery they will be bringing some of Cumbria’s tastiest ales to Gateshead.
WHERE & WHEN
Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5UB
Fri 1st May 2015 – 12.00pm to 11.00pm
Sat 2nd May 2015 – 12.00pm to 11.00pm
Sun 3rd May 2015 – 12.00pm to 10.30pm
Tickets are available from www.gatesheadbeerfestival.co.uk and are priced at £10 per day and £25 for a weekend pass (Ticket price includes a free festival programme and souvenir glass).
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