DRINKERS are in for a summer treat as Chipping Sodbury’s annual beer festival serves up hundreds of local ales, ciders and wines.
Yate Rotary Club is holding its 19th South Cotswold Beer and Music Festival, the organisation’s biggest fundraising event, on Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12.
It takes place at Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club on The Ridings and after the success of last year’s event, which enjoyed some of the hottest temperatures of the year, organisers are expecting another sell-out crowd.
David Picton, from the Rotary’s organising committee, said: “Last year the beer and music festival enjoyed some of the finest weather of the 2013 long hot summer.
“This year again there will be a dependable large variety of quality crafted real ales to select from, all cask conditioned, and well presented. With a selection of over 100 real ales, ciders, perries and wines, there’s something to suit drinkers of all tastes.”
Entertainment includes more than 30 musicians starting on the Friday (6-11.30pm) will include GPS, a power trio playing rock covers, followed by well-known local band Retro Electro with a lively set of 1980s hits.
On Saturday, the festival re-opens with up-tempo acoustic band Dry Clean who bring a mix of new and old songs with some Irish twists. The afternoon will feature the high octane Redhouse, a Bristol-based trio playing a mixture of blues, rock n' roll and rockabilly cover versions, as well as John McLean and Mark Clements bringing some old-style honky-tonk music from American artists.
Into the evening Metro 13’s five young musicians will get the evening crowd going into a party mood and The Emperials, a long-running major force on the UK's Ska scene, will have revellers dancing well into the night. The festival, which also offers camping on site, regularly raises thousands of pounds which the Rotary club uses to support local, national and international charities and causes.
Added Mr Picton: “The charity beer festival began in 1995 by, the then, new Rotary Club of Yate and District. “Tickets were slow to sell back then whereas now it is a firmly established quality local event which has sold out in recent years.”
Complementary drinking glasses are included in the ticket price for Friday (£8) and Saturday (£12). Tickets are available from Meridith’s in Yate and the Tourist Information Centre in Chipping Sodbury. Tickets are not available on the door.
For more details go to www.bs37.com/beer or follow @SouthCotsBeer on Twitter.