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Annual Beer and Music Festival at YHA Hartington Hall

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Reefy Blunt and The Biftas is just one of the bands lined up to perform at Hartington Hall this weekend.

Reefy Blunt and The Biftas is just one of the bands lined up to perform at Hartington Hall this weekend.

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A host of local talent - and local beer - is lined up for a fund-raising festival this weekend.

The Youth Hostel Association's Hartington Hall will be the venue for the two-day Beer and Music Festival.

Live music, a wide range of local ciders and ales, children's face painting and much more has been organised for the event which will run from 7pm until midnight on Friday (May 16) and midday until midnight on Saturday.

Hartington Hall deputy manager Rebecca Bourne said: "The beer list is looking positively glorious with tasty tots from Whim Ales (Hartington), Wincle Beer, Bollington Brewery, Thornbridge (Ashbourne) and Three Cats Cider (Morley) with a couple more to be announced.

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"We also have a full afternoons itinerary of children's activities for the Saturday including: Face Painting, Hook-a-Duck, Mask Making, Lucky Dip, Apple Bobbing, Play Dough Figure Making, Fairy Wishing Tree and a Doughnut Dash.

"There will be food available including pork baps.

"We are hoping for the good turn-out we have for this, one of our main fund-raisers. All we want now is the good weather to go with it."

The music is set to start on Friday at 8.30pm with Derby band The Aztecs, followed by Leek's popular duo Melv & Bones and then Alec Wheeldon and co.

On Saturday the music will start at around 2pm and include performances by: Surburban Radio, Nichola Jayne Churnside (stoke), Fabulous Fighting Cocks (featuring Leek's own Steve Giddings and co), Stoke band Brains For Breakfast, folk act Dig Where You Stand, Dirty Little Touch, and the Leek-based Reefy Blunt and The Biftas.

Entrance to the beer festival is £3 each, free for under 12s.

For further information call 01298 84223 or go to www.facebook.com/hartingtonhall

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