Fes­ti­val beer in new home

Nottingham Post - - EG DAILY - By RACHEL GOR­MAN

GET ready to raise a glass to Nottingham’s Robin Hood Beer and Cider Fes­ti­val 2018 as prepa­ra­tions get un­der way to trans­form the Mo­tor­point Arena into an oasis of beer, booze as tunes for four glo­ri­ous days.

The change in venue while Nottingham Cas­tle is un­der scaf­fold­ing has re­sulted in quite a few changes this year – but be­lieve it or not the event will still mostly take place out­side.

The fes­ti­val is open from Wednesday to Satur­day (Wednesday 5pm-11pm; Thurs­day 11am-11pm; Fri­day 11am-11pm; Satur­day 11am-11pm). Even­ing tick­ets are valid only for 7.30pm-11pm.

The Arena has no park­ing of its own, but there are sev­eral pub­lic car parks in the vicin­ity. It is a 15-minute walk from the train sta­tion and Old Mar­ket Square.

The ticket prices are: Wednesday even­ing: £10.80; Thurs­day (all day): £16.20; Fri­day and Satur­day (all day): £21.60; Satur­day even­ing: £10.80. All paid tick­ets in­clude a com­mem­o­ra­tive glass and nine beer to­kens. Glasses are re­fund­able at £2.50 on the day. A lim­ited num­ber of beer to­kens can also be re­funded at 55p each.

Tick­ets are avail­able from Nottingham Tourism Cen­tre, beer­fes­ti­val.not­ting­ham­camra.org, or at mo­tor­point are­nan­ot­ting­ham.com.

Most beers will be priced at two to­kens for a third and three for a half. To­kens are 55p each so the ma­jor­ity of beers will be the equiv­a­lent of £3.30 a pint.

Gluten-free and ve­gan beer will be avail­able.

More than 1,000 dif­fer­ent beers will be avail­able and the fes­ti­val will have, for the first time, a craft beer bar, with un­usual and rare beers. There is also a brand new cider barn, just off the ice, which will of­fer a large se­lec­tion of ciders and per­ries plus seat­ing along­side the re­turn of both the gin and wine bar.

The ticket price in­cludes this year’s new glass tankard which for the first time dis­plays the out­line of the Mo­tor­point Arena on its crest. If you don’t want to keep it you can get £2.50 by re­turn­ing it on your de­par­ture.

This year there is go­ing to be dou­ble the live en­ter­tain­ment across two new stages:

WEDNESDAY Back­stage Vil­lage Stage

The Food Doc­tors, 1.30-2.30pm: Ex­pect a mix of oldies and cur­rent cov­ers with the em­pha­sis on get­ting ev­ery­one up and danc­ing. Their sets range from Cee Lo Green to The Bea­tles, Bruno Mars to the Killers, Van Mor­ri­son to Ma­roon 5... and back again. Man­darins, 3.30-4.30pm: Man­darins are a three-piece live rock cov­ers band play­ing an eclec­tic mix of mu­sic from the 60s to the present day. Jack’s Got A Plan, 5.30-6.30pm: Pop/ rock songs based on sto­ries from re­al­life ex­pe­ri­ence.

Husk, 7.30-8.30pm: South­well-based four-piece cov­ers band play­ing well known and up­beat rock, pop, punk and indie tunes. The Un­der­ground­hogs, 9.30-10.45pm: A Portsmouth-based band ded­i­cated to the mu­sic of Tony TS Mcphee and the Ground­hogs.

Bolero Square Acous­tic Stage

Evie M, 2.30-3.30pm: A singer song­writer and mu­si­cian from Nottingham with a pas­sion for all types of mu­sic.

Fun Cho­rus, 4.30-5.30pm: A weekly choir for fun and laughs. Matt Turner, 6.30-7.30pm: A solo acous­tic artist spe­cial­is­ing in soul, rock and pop­u­lar cov­ers from the 50s to the mod­ern day.

Rose Devine, 8.30-9.30pm: A glam­orous vin­tage singer with stun­ning vo­cals, ef­fort­less style and an in­cred­i­ble reper­toire. Rose cov­ers the clas­sics of Ella Fitzger­ald, Bil­lie Hol­i­day, Doris Day, Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe and Frank Si­na­tra but also has a love of the new retro-style artists Post­mod­ern Juke­box, Caro Emer­ald and Imelda May.

THURS­DAY Back­stage Vil­lage Stage

Pesky Al­li­ga­tors, 1.30pm-2.30pm: Their twist­ing gui­tar and raunchy drum beat is noth­ing but ex­plo­sive and if it does not set the pulse rac­ing then you need to make an ap­point­ment at your lo­cal un­der­tak­ers. Stage­fright, 3.30-4.30pm: A rock cov­ers band formed in 2009, their first gig was for Help the Heroes at the Red Lion pub in Huck­nall sup­port­ing Gate­crasher. Back­line Blues, 5.30-6.30pm: A lively blues/rock band play­ing cov­ers by Joe Bona­massa, San­tana, Eric Clap­ton, Ste­vie Ray Vaughan and many oth­ers. Ver­bal Warn­ing, 7.30-8.30pm: A mix of pol­i­tics and hu­mour rub shoul­ders as the band tries to make live shows as en­ter­tain­ing as pos­si­ble. Daw­son & the Dis­senters, 9.30-10.45pm: Com­par­isons with Los Lo­bos, Cree­dence, Steve Earle, ZZ Top, Feel­go­ods, Black­berry Smoke are usual and wel­comed.

Bolero Square Acous­tic Stage Richie Muir, 2.30-3.30pm: Old and new clas­sics give the band an acous­tic un­plugged Ra­dio 1 Live Lounge/ Mum­ford and Sons feel .

Ant Ma­can­drew, 4.30-5.30pm: A singer­song­writer who spe­cial­izes in folk-pop. His orig­i­nal songs are of­ten com­pared to the likes of Mum­ford & sons, Ed Sheeran, The Fray, Scout­ing For Girls. He cov­ers any­thing from The Drifters to Ed Sheeran.

Dean Thomas – Sounds of Swing, 6.307.30pm: A one-man trib­ute to all things swing. Dean cov­ers songs from the likes of Old Blue Eyes Si­na­tra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis J, Bobby Darin and many more.

Pis­tol Pete Wearn, 8.30-9.30pm: Armed with an acous­tic gui­tar, a stomp-box and oc­ca­sion­ally a har­mon­ica, Pis­tol Pete rips through both witty orig­i­nals and homages to his blues her­itage.

FRI­DAY Back­stage Vil­lage Stage Stam­pede. noon-1pm: Rock­a­billy and rock’n’roll. Sheroks. 2-3pm: A rock group cater­ing for all tastes by cov­er­ing var­i­ous mu­sic as well as pro­duc­ing their own. The Busi­ness, 4-5.30pm: A three -piece cov­ers band play­ing pop and rock clas­sics from the mid-1960s to 2014. Acous­tic Union, 6.30-8pm: A four-piece band from the East Mid­lands area play­ing a wide va­ri­ety of pop and rock clas­sics, as well as a sprin­kling of their own ma­te­rial, blue­grass and tra­di­tional songs and in­stru­men­tals. The band have been in­flu­enced and in­spired by mu­si­cians and artistes like The Bea­tles, Abba, Eric Clap­ton, Jack Bruce, Alison Kraus and Union Sta­tion. Wa­ter For Dogs, 9-10.45pm: An in­ven­tive, orig­i­nal, in­stru­men­tal three­piece band play­ing elec­tron­ica, dance, groove, funk, reg­gae and rock.

Bolero Square Acous­tic Stage

Nick As­lam, 1-2pm: A Bur­ton na­tive singing about the jour­ney from the dark murky back streets of his home­town to the ro­mance and magic of our very own city.

Coul­ton Brothers, 3-4pm: Top­i­cal and so­cially aware lyrics with melodic gui­tar work is a fea­ture of their sound. No­table home shows in­clude sup­port­ing Scot­tish rock­ers Idlewild and indie act The Pi­geon De­tec­tives

Two Hom­bres, 5.30-6.30pm: A per­cus­sion gui­tar duo cur­rently cov­er­ing songs from Ro­drigo y Gabriela. Jake Burns, 8-9pm: A young singer­song­writer play­ing acous­tic gems. His first two orig­i­nals, Don’t You Know and What’s Go­ing On, were picked up by BBC In­tro­duc­ing East Mid­lands who de­buted both songs ear­lier this year.

SATUR­DAY Back­stage Vil­lage Stage Ghetto Blasters/hot Dog Brass Band, 11.30-12.30pm: The New Or­leans-style brass out­fit will play a 30-minute set dur­ing this pe­riod be­fore mov­ing to the Bolero Square Acous­tic Stage area for an­other 30-minute set. Blues Bursters, 1.30-3.30pm: Bluesy har­mon­ica and key­boards cov­er­ing rock’n’roll, oldies, stan­dards and a bit of jazzy blues.

The Lapels, 4-5.30pm: A band in­flu­enced by the great of the 60s. Nightwires, 6.30-8.30pm: Acous­tic rock band.

UK Chicago Blues, 9-10.45pm: Drake (Steve Gentry) & Al­wood (Alan Squires) been play­ing at pubs and clubs for many years, in­de­pen­dently as solo gui­tar vo­cal­ists.

Bolero Square Acous­tic Stage

The Lunch­break­ers, 3-4pm: A Nottingham band play­ing rock and pop cov­ers.

Flint, More & Byrne, 5.30-6.30pm: A three-piece acous­tic band play­ing Amer­i­cana, rock, pop, coun­try and coun­try rock clas­sics. Booba Dust. 8-9pm:-foot-thump­ing, real rhythm and blues.

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