Lions beer and cider festival returns for 13th year
A BEER and Cider Festival is to help fund prostate cancer screening in Uttoxeter.
The town’s Lions are hosting the 13th annual festival at Oldfields Sports and Social Club on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June.
The event will feature a full programme of music as well as showcasing 24 real ales, 10 ciders as well as a range of lagers and wines.
Organiser Steve Shields (pictured at last year’s event with Terry Adams and Dave Eadie), said: “This year we have really listened to our festival goers.
“Whilst most folk want a range of real ales and ciders there are always some who would prefer a glass of wine or a pint of lager and this year they’ve got their wish.
“The profits from the beer festival help fund the free over 50s prostate cancer screening held in April at Uttoxeter Racecourse, so as well as having a great night out those coming to the festival are helping to fund a great cause which has already saved lives in the Uttoxeter area.”
A full music programme is planned on both nights for the first time.
On Friday, the Rabble-Rousers, a four piece from Stoke led by Grant Matthews, will appear on the Friday, fresh from his appearance at the Acoustic Festival of Great Britain at Uttoxeter Racecourse, with a mix of traditional and current songs, from country classics to singalong favourites.
Moore and Moore Beer – husband and wife David and Karen Moore from Stramshall team up with friend John Beer, playing pop and rock covers on guitar, saxophone and harmonica.
Singer-songwriter duo Temple Hudson will perform original songs about love and zombies, while The Trent Vale Poet will share nationally acclaimed comic verse and social commentary.
Ladies from the Heath Chorus will provide harmony singing in small groups from members of Uttoxeter’s acclaimed singing ensemble – another first for the beer festival.
Saturday’s line-up includes Jason Callear with acoustic covers of pop and rock classics, accompanied by Sean Prior on bass.
It’s the fifth year running Jason, from Uttoxeter, has entertained afternoon guests at the festival, and first since the release of his latest album Contrast, featuring 14 original songs.
Delta Echoes – a four piece who’ve made a big impact at local pubs, clubs and festivals, singing country and Americana, will also take to the stage on the Saturday alongside Upfront – Shropshire’s finest party band, playing rock and pop covers late into the night, guaranteed to get everyone singing, dancing and having fun – they’ve been a popular climax to the beer festival for most of its 12 year history.
Tickets for the festival are available from Lions members, Oldfields Sports and Social Club and will be on sale on Saturday mornings in Uttoxeter Town centre.
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