More beer and more music at South Cotswold festival

July12-13

6pm to 11.30pm on Friday July 12 and noon to 11.30pm on Saturday July 13.

Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club

£10 to £16

THE South Cotswold Beer and Music Festival promises to be bigger and even better this summer.

With more than 80 real ales and craft beers, 25 types of cider and perry, plus good wines, Prosecco, hot food, and 15 hours of live music over two days, the volunteer-run event, which raises thousands for charity every year, is celebrating its 24th festival in style.

The festival is open from 6pm to 11.30pm on Friday July 12 and noon to 11.30pm on Saturday July 13.

Members of Yate and District Rotary, who organise the event, have kept ticket prices the same for the last two years, at £10 for the Friday and £16 for the Saturday.

Re-entry is allowed.

David Picton, from Yate and District Rotary, said: “This started as just a beer festival with some cider but has now grown, as popular demand and tastes have changed.

Quality music is a must throughout the festival and Friday this year will see a disco revival and Saturday will end with a great ska band.

Beer is still important but now even more space will be given to serving Cider, and the wine will also include Prosecco for the second year running.”

Friday evening kicks off with the classic rock trio the Ray Jones Band, followed by Planet Boogie playing pop and funk favourites. On Saturday five bands are playing: the Three Pieces playing rock, funk, blues and pop, Lorise Eaton and the Steelers with rock and roll, blues and soul, the Filthy Casuals playing modern covers, Wildcard with rock, indie and pop, and Natty Daps, a ska party band.

 

Beer festival

Annette Hopley & Anne Free handing out glasses and programmes at last year's festival

 

All profits to go charity. Over 23 years Yate Rotarians have raised £250,000 through the festival. Last year they donated £7,000 to local community projects and individuals, over £1,000 to national charities, and over £2,500 to international projects including eradication of polio and disaster relief.

The event takes place at Chipping Sodbury rugby ground.

Tickets, which include a commemorative beer or wine glass, are available from Meredith’s and Ridgewood Cleaners in Yate, the Tourist Office in Chipping Sodbury, or online at www.yaterotaryclub.co.uk.