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Monday, 06 July 2015

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Beer and bands make for a big weekend

GRASMERE plays host to one of the Lake District’s biggest beer festivals this weekend, and there is also a live music line-up to match.

IN THE BARRACKS: Righteous Bees, pictured playing at Solfest

Getting under way on Friday at the Dale Lodge Hotel, the Grasmere Guzzler - now in its eighth year - has a full programme of bands and artists over the three days.

Friday evening kicks off with a solo performance from acoustic act Jimi Hodgson, with Barrow rockers Collie Stewart & The Roomers, psychedelic outfit Sad-Eyed Puffins, punk bands The Convulsions and Catholic Abuse Apology, and a headline set from ‘disco folk’ trio Handbrake Shirley. Music runs from 6pm to midnight.

Taffy Thomas starts the Saturday proceedings at 1.30pm with an hour of storytelling, before Keswick’s Tethera take the stage. Drum corps Deatbeats are swiftly followed by reggae rock band Righteous Bees, with Samh, Spiral Scouts, Molly Warburton, Mobius Loop and Jabba The Funk, leading up to closers Diddley Squat, who play from around 10.30pm.

Sunday is equally-packed, with ‘Poets’ Hour’ at 1.30pm, featuring readings from Mark Ward, Neil Robinson, and Richard Stanton. Jules Ward, Fiona in the Lakes, Don’t Tell Suzy , Freyja Burke, Lily & Scott, John Rothwell, Olivia Miller, Dawn Foster and Olivia Fern all set to appear between 2.30pm and 9pm. Then it is the turn for Barrow’s highly-rated folk duo Paper Cranes to finish proceedings.

Add to the mix more than 80 real ales, ciders and perrys, homemade food and a barbecue, and you’ve got one of the best events in the Lakes to round out the summer.

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