Beer and music festival ‘ale and hearty’ after 21 years

June 01 2016

THE South Cotswold Beer and Music Festival will come of age when it opens in Chipping Sodbury, 21 years after being launched.

The South Cotswold Beer and Music Festival

THE South Cotswold Beer and Music Festival will come of age when it opens in Chipping Sodbury, 21 years after being launched.
Hundreds of real ale enthusiasts are expected to visit the two-day event when it takes place at the town’s rugby club on July 8 and 9.
Organised by Yate and District Rotary Club, the festival continues to be one of its most popular fund raisers, with a large variety of beers on offer, as well as cider, perry and wine. Soft drinks and food will also be available.
This year, festival-goers will also enjoy live music from a total of seven bands - two performing on the Friday evening and five playing throughout the Saturday, with acoustic, rock, ska and sea shanties in the mix.
Billed as one of the biggest beer festivals in the area, profits from the weekend will go to a range of local, national and international charities supported by the Rotarians.
Club spokesman David Picton said more than £220,000 had been raised by the festival during the past two decades and tickets now being sold for the 2016 event are set to boost that amount considerably.
They can be bought online at www.yaterotaryclub.co.uk or in person from Chipping Sodbury’s tourist information centre or Meredith’s ironmongery store in Yate Shopping Centre.
They cost £8 for the Friday session and £14 for the Saturday, with each ticket holder receiving either a beer mug or wine glass to take home as a memento.
Mr Picton said the festival would open at 6pm on July 8, with music starting 30 minutes later courtesy of Bristol-based band Tijuana Bible.
The four-piece band The Tubby Bluesters will make a return visit to the festival later in the evening.
Saturday’s music will be provided by Leon Daye, the Ray Jones Band, the Frampton Shantymen, GPS and, to bring the festival to a close, the Great eSKApe.