Great British Beer Festival

The (almost) final line-up of breweries who will have a brewery bar or dedicated space on a bar is as follows: Adnams, Brewery of Angels and Demons, Anspach & Hobday, Arkell’s, Bedlam, Beer Monkey, Big Hand, Bishop Nick, Bradfield Brewery, Dawkins, Five Points, Gorgeous Brewery (see page 36), Greyhound, Harvey’s, Loch Lomond, Moon Gazer, Padstow, Quantock, Reunion, St Austell, Tatton, Titanic, Twickenham and West Berkshire.

Details of the entertainment at this year’s festival have been announced as follows:

Tuesday 6 7.15pm & 9pm Chaminade
Festival favourites; one of the most established string quartets working in the field of background music with a comprehensive and constantly expanding repertoire, encompassing music suitable for most occasions and appealing to all ages and musical tastes.

Wednesday 7 6pm to 10pm Silent Disco
Find out about the silent disco phenomenon at the Great British Beer Festival! Free of eardrum shattering speakers and run solely on wireless headphones, we’ll have a DJ bringing you three different channels of music to dance to. Headsets can be hired at the stage for a £10 deposit.

Thursday 8 1pm & 2.30pm The Spinners Legends
The Spinners folk group, television favourites for many years, split up in 1988 but original members Hughie Jones and Mick Groves have reunited, to great acclaim not only in their native Liverpool but up and down the country.

Thursday 8 7.15pm & 9pm The Bogus Brothers
Simply the ultimate party band; Yorkshire’s Bogus Brothers present a high-energy show filled with humour and mad onstage antics (in their trademark kilts) with something for everyone.

Friday 9 1pm & 3.15pm Swallow
Classic rock covers band from Reading, formed in 2002 by old school friends vocalist Jane ‘Jetblack’ Setter and bass player Diane ‘Mistress Mercy’ Fox. The band are regulars at Reading Beer Festival. Their motto – “We just like to ROCK”.

Friday 9 7.15pm & 9pm Bulsara & his Queenies
This remarkable seven piece band performs the songs of Queen to an exceptional standard, maintaining their own identity rather than just being another tribute band although lead vocalist Gareth Taylor’s vocal resemblance to Freddie Mercury is extraordinary.

Saturday 10 2pm & 4pm Fulham Brass Band
Formed in 1895, Fulham Brass Band is one of the most central of London brass bands. Its friendly, sociable and ambitious team has welcomed players from all over the world and has become the playing ‘home’ for many people moving to the Capital to work or study. In recent years, the band has been climbing the competition divisions and, from January 2020, will enter the prestigious Championship Section.

The bars at this year’s GBBF will still be mainly cash, so come prepared. In passing, the GBBF is sourcing biodegradable plastic bags this year.