We are very sad to announce the death of one of the founding members of the Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival. Andy passed away peacefully in hospital in Dorchester with his family around him last weekend. He will forever be remembered for his enthusiasm and positivity in all the work he did in helping to initiate and establish the Festival, particularly in the early years, and in doing so, creating what is now some 15 years later, one of the best and most innovative beer festivals in the North East of England. He was also the ‘voice’ of the Festival taking on the role of announcer and MC and travelling, in the latter years, all the way from his home in the South of England to do so, such was his commitment to the Festival. We will all miss Andy and will take time at this year’s festival to remember him and mark his passing. Our thoughts are with Andy’s wife Caroline and his family at this time.
Please join us at the 2017 festival and raise a glass to Andy.
2016 and 2015
Below you will find details of bands who have appeared on previous years at our festival
Dance the night away with our fabulous live music line up…
Our amazing live bands always get you up on your feet and dancing the night away as the sun goes down and this year will be no different. With a fantastic musical line up for Friday and Saturday nights you’ll need to save some energy for the dancefloor!
Rocky will be christening the stage on Friday night with a classic blues rock set….some Joe Bonamassa, Stevie Ray Vaughan, JJ Cale and Free should get the feet tapping and keep the beer flowing. As Chris says ‘Rocky just love playing beer festivals – what could be better than beer and the blues?’ Although we do have to save some cider for Shaun, Rocky’s vocalist, who will be heading to the cider bar for some serious sampling … after the set! There will be a Rocky T-shirt up for grabs too, if you can answer Rocky’s killer question – so look out for that a few days before, and for other news of Rocky the Band keep up with their Facebook page – ‘Rocky the Band’.
Diablo took our breath away in 2015, as they closed out our festival after a record breaking attendance, the inaugural Stay Strong Stu Rugby 7’s contest (returning this year) and a wonderful summer night of celebration.
It wasn’t just the audience that were blown away either – Dave Drums remembers an amazing time last year, which the band didn’t fully expect…’the crowd, the organisers and the PA were magnificent. We have played many beer festivals in our 11 year existence, but the reaction we got made it far and away the best and most rewarding that we have ever done.’ Well, when you’ve played the rest….play the best!!
Diablo aren’t resting on their laurels though, Dave says ‘we are determined to make 2016 even better and we are working on exciting new numbers as we speak – roll on Tynedale!’ We can agree with that.
On Saturday afternoon we welcome families and sports fans to our festival, and bring some lively music from the Vieux Carre Jazzmen who will get you foot stompin’ and hand clappin’.
Later in the afternoon the talented and prize winning young musicians of the Tyne Valley Big Band take to the stage.
New to the festival this year – we are pleased to welcome Ben Blance.
Ben Blance has been a solo artist since 2002. His songs have been played frequently on BBC radio stations, smooth FM and many national and international podcasts. He has also performed extensively around Ireland and Europe with the eclectic folk group “Jukebox Gypsy” and with the duo “The Junkyard Geordies”. Highlights include memorable slots at Electric picnic, Oxygen, Body & Soul and Clonakilty International guitar festivals. Jukebox gypsy recorded three critically acclaimed albums and were a mainstay on the Folk circuit in southern Ireland for nearly a decade. Ben has also released three solo albums on Different sky records and has just recently moved back to his native north east of England to start other musical projects.
Also new to the Festival, Riff Raff take to the stage as the shadows lengthen on Tynedale Park.
Not the typical AC/DC tribute band – no dressing up and only 4 members, but with a beer of their own on the bar (look out for Hadrian Border Brewery’s Riff Raff ale), ‘Riff Raff just love the music…and that passes on to our audience. We thought we wouldn’t be play again after the passing of good friend and drummer Simon Rawcliff a couple of years ago, so to have the band up and running again is great, and Tynedale Beer Festival will be the highlight of the year for us.’
To close the Festival in 2016…save some dance moves and your singing voices…will be Festival Favourites the Baboons!
Jonny never fails to get the marquee rocking and this year will be no exception. We can’t wait!
(updated 15 May 2016)
Bars, Bunting and Beer
Back in December 2015 Tynedale Rugby Club was ready to welcome their opponents from Herefordshire, with 70 dinners cooked and the kit ready in the dressing room. No one expected that by kick off time Tynedale Park would be underwater. As dawn broke the following day the entire sports fields of the rugby, tennis and cricket clubs at Corbridge were flooded by up to 10 feet of the River Tyne and the water had done its damage to the club houses and equipment stored there. Although it was so much worse for those who lost homes and businesses, the huge team of Tynedale Lions and Tynedale Rugby Club volunteers who bring you the Tynedale Beer and Cider Festival knew they had their work cut out!
As the water subsided we had to bid farewell to many familiar and patiently acquired features of festivals past, our bars, beer coolers and many pumps were not going to be putting in any more appearances and over 5km of electrical cable with fittings was no longer safe.
Our organising Committee set to work, dealing with the bureaucracy of insurance claims and starting an equipment replacement programme straight away. Ian Hills, our consultant electrician, filled his kitchen with cables and connectors, handing out ‘homework’ of wiring to Tynedale Lions throughout the area, and PAT testing their work. Luckily they got full marks as Ian had a previous commitment to erect several kilometres of fencing to fit in before the festival!
Our great friends at Newcastle CAMRA always help us to set up the festival and ensure our ales are served in perfect condition, in exchange only for butties and cake. This year they have helped us source replacement beer pumps so our bar is even longer than before, with 125 ales and 26 ciders.
With less than 2 months until opening night, the reconstruction of our bars is well underway….bars, bars everywhere, and not a drop to drink (spot the bar builder).
As happens every year, our great team of sponsors have stepped forward to sponsor all of our beers and our cider bar, so raising lots more money for our 3 Good Causes. The local community of Corbridge, despite facing its own challenges in recovering from the floods, is getting ready to welcome our Festival guests and a record number of campers.
We have some new entertainment, more street food vendors, an even bigger marquee and teams from around the country coming for the Stay Strong Stu 7’s Rugby Competition. All that remains is to arrange the sunny weather and .. oh yes, the bunting. Many metres of bunting. That’s my job…
So don’t miss out – get over to the ticket page right now!
The Tynedale Lions have now presented cheques to a number of charities following a very successful 2015 festival