By Tristan Harris Friday 09 August 2013 Updated: 15/08 12:23
LOVERS of music and real ale are in for a treat next weekend when a Blues and Beer Festival.
The event, which starts today (Friday) and runs until Sunday (August 11), boasts 16 beers and ciders and a host of renowned blues artists.
On Friday, the event will be kicked off with semi-acoustic trio Mumbo Jumbo taking to the stage.
Among those performing on Saturday are Chicago-born Steve Steinhaus and the Dr Teeth Big Band, Oliver and Abby with their new band, noise, fun and colour from Stomp and Holler and their New Orleans-style sounds, and Robert Hokum and the Guvnors which combines blues with funk, Latin and hip-hop.
Seven piece Boperator will bring the sounds of yesteryear and critically acclaimed country rockers, the Sarah Warren Band and solo artist Dave Onions make up the line-up.
The curtain will be brought down on the festival by Hanbury-based bands RetroVibe and The Reflections, as well as the winners of the W-Factor – Wychavon District Council’s answer to the X Factor. There will also be activities for children, including face painting and crafts.
Beer-wise a festival ale called Bluesy Weekend has been produced by award-winning brewer Dave Smith who owns the Studley-based Weatheroak Brewery.
Dave, who also runs the Victoria Works pub, said: “We were up for a challenge and have created a light, zesty ale which should be perfect for the summer.
“We hope it will go down well.”
On the music, Jinney Ring owner Amanda Sunter said “We’ve put together a great festival programme, at the heart of which is a fantastic line-up of musicians who will appeal to all ages.”
Pre-booked tickets for the beer festival are £5, but members of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) can get a 50 per cent discount.
Tickets are available for single days or as a weekend package with discounts on offer if bought in advance from the Jinney Ring gift shop or via the website.
Camping is also available on the Friday and Saturday nights.
Children and well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.
For tickets and more, visit www.jinneyring.co.uk.
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