Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Exciting music line-up to entertain at the 39th Norwich Beer Festival

A varied music line-up has been announced for the 2016 Norwich Beer Festival in October taking place at The Halls.

The Norwich & Norfolk branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), who organise the annual festival, have booked some exciting new acts to take to the St Andrew's Hall stage during the six-day festival which opens to the public on Monday 24th October at 5.30pm.

The changes to the music schedule are partly due to new technology used at the Halls with amplified music in the evenings.

Rob Derbridge, the 2016 Norwich Beer Festival Organiser, said: “a wide variety of entertainment is always appreciated by the thousands of visitors to the Norwich Beer Festival, however we are trying some new and varied acts this year, as well as allowing for some music-free sessions into the programme.  Also Blackfriars' Hall will be music free as in previous years”.

New bands for 2016 include Dove and Boweevil (Monday evening), Hushwing (Tuesday lunch) guitarist Tim Lane (Wednesday lunch), rock band Stone Cold Sober (Friday early evening) and popular Norwich band The Vagaband will the perform late Saturday evening slot and who are sure to keep the lively atmosphere going in St Andrew's Hall on the final evening session.

The legendary musician Dave Thomas returns again with his blues band to entertain during the busy, long Friday lunch session and father and son duo The Harvs will appear during the extended Saturday lunchtime session.

Norfolk band Sophie G and the Good Times who also appeared last year for the first time are returning to the Beer Festival for the early evening Thursday night.

The local Invidia Voices Rock & Soul Choir, who were the first choir to perform at the beer festival in 2015, will make their second appearance during the Saturday early evening session. 

The full entertainment schedule is:

Monday 24th October
Mid evening -- Dove & Boweevil (Blues Soul Roots)
Tuesday 25th October
Lunch -- Hushwing (Folk); Evening -- Music Free
Wednesday 26th October
Lunch -- Tim Lane (Guitarist); Early evening -- Hayley Moyses Britgrass Three; Late evening -- Vibe City Street Brass
Thursday 27th October
Lunch -- Dixie Mix Jazz; Early evening -- Sophie G & the Good Times; Late evening -- Music Free
Friday 28th October
Lunch -- Dave Thomas Band (Blues); Early evening -- Stone Cold Sober (Rock); Late evening -- Wherry Brass Band
Saturday 29th October
Lunch -- The Harvs (vocal); Early evening --  Invidia Voices, The Rock & Soul Choir; Late evening -- The Vagaband (Indie Roots Rock)

More information about the festival is available on the branch website.