LOVERS of music and ale will be in their element this weekend when the eighth annual Jinney Ring Blues Festival takes place.
The event kicks off at 6pm this evening (Friday) at the craft centre in Hanbury when, as well as a variety of beers, there will also be live music in the form of an Open Mic Night in the garden marquee.
Then tomorrow (Saturday) from 1pm in the scenic centre’s gardens six live bands will take to the marquee stage.
Opening the festival will be one man band Andy Twyman who plays drums, guitar, and harmonica simultaneously, as well as singing. He will be followed by London duo Ma Polaine’s Great Decline.
Four-piece band Rainbreakers, whose impassioned live performances have gained critical acclaim in the national press, will provide one of many highlights and the Laura Holland Band will bring their slick, dynamic and highly entertaining show to the stage. Their set will include a mix of original compositions and songs from blues and soul legends of the 1950s and 60s.
The festival’s headline act is Northsyde. This talented group had a clean sweep of finalist nominations at this year’s British Blues Awards, for Guitarist, Bassist, Drummer, Vocalist and Band of the Year. Also on stage will be the magnificent 18-piece Simon Kemp Rhythm & Blues Orchestra who will be the final act of the night with their energetic audience embracing show.
As well as the beer and music, there will be delicious homemade food and refreshments available, along with camping for Friday and Saturday night.
Advance tickets for Saturday are £18.50 (£23.50 on the gate), £7.50 for under 14s and under fives go free. Tickets including camping are £25 for one night or £32 for two, including discount breakfast vouchers.
Tickets can be booked online at www.jinneyring.co.uk or by calling on 01527 821272.