Three days, two pubs and one great festival

Ley Hill beer and music festival, August 2013 - Burn
Ley Hill beer and music festival, August 2013 - Burn

Before the summer fades it makes sense to grab hold of any opportunity to enjoy that festival vibe.

And the eighth Ley Hill Music & Beer Festival is a late August entry into the cultural calendar.

It’s being held over the three-day bank holiday weekend at The Swan and The Crown pubs, which are next door to each other in the village.

Nigel Byatt, who has helped put the bash together, said: “This is the eighth year the pubs have joined forces to hold a three-day music and beer festival.

“A variety of bands play outside between the two pubs on each of the three days.

“The music will start at 2pm on all three days and go on until 7.30pm. On Sunday the music will carry on inside both pubs from 8pm.

“Over the three days there will be a variety of musical styles including pop, rock, blues, Latin and ska with music from the 1960s up to the present day.

On the bill on Saturday are: 2pm Dr Guitarz; 4pm Abakus; 6pm The Secret Police

Sunday will see Tim Hain (2pm); Burn (4pm) and Huggy Flares (6pm) in the spotlight outside, with Dr. Giutarz inside The Swan during later part of the day.

On Monday the focus turns to Roberto & Gambrelli (2pm); Oye Santana (4pm) and Cool Beans (6pm)

As well as the 10 bands, there will more than 60 real ales and ciders on offer at both pubs.

There will be two outside beer tents to back up the bars inside the two pubs, and a pig roast and barbecue will be on offer outside on Sunday and Monday

Nigel said: “We will have other family attractions such as a tug-of-war competition and face painting.

“The music will appeal to all ages – a fun day for the whole family. The best news of all, it’s free!

“This is a great example of two pubs working together to put on a weekend of free entertainment for the benefit of the local community and visitors to the area.

Last year was a real success and this year should prove to be even bigger and better!”