Newark Beer & Cider Festival


Music at the Newark Beer Festival

Newark Beer Festival is about more than drinking. A quality pint is usually enjoyed more if it’s accompanied by a foot tapping tune or two and we have that perfect mix on the Riverside Park venue this May.

Our talent scouts spend many nights scouring the land’s hot and sweaty venues in an attempt to find the right mix for washing down the ale and cider. Every year they bring us an entertaining mix of musical merriment.

Quiet session

For those of you who prefer to sample their beers without music in the air, we have designated Friday afternoon as a music-free session. You’ll be able to enjoy your tipple in relative serenity until at least 5 o’clock!

Appearances and timings

Please note the list and timings may be subject to last minute changes due to circumstances outside our control.

Friday 26th May

Mistabeat 7pm–8pm

Formed 8 years ago by Drummer Keith and Bassist Brother Johnny Hansen, they have formed into the four piece of today, adding Dave Rushmer, swopping drums for vocals and Johnny on Guitar. Their playlist covers several genres of music from Rock to Pop to Indie. Their lively set will kick this year’s Festival off to a rocking start.

The House Of Ghosts 8:40pm–10:00pm

Formed in 2015, The House Of Ghosts are a female fronted 4 piece Ethereal Rock Band from the Midlands. They have an intoxicating rich Rock sound with Ethereal meandering melody. The band consist of Gina Stone on Vocals, Guitarist Leigh Edwards and the solid rhythm section of drummer John Roper and Bassist Bazza Preece. Their first EP “Curious Attraction” released last year has gained favourable reviews, plus some Live radio work is only going to lead to greater things. Prepare to be Haunted tonight.

Saturday 27th May

Chromatic Duo 4:30pm–5:30pm

Ben Martin and Dan Spendlow were playing in separate bands when they met and went on to form ’Chromatic’ in 2015. Both of them starting out an early age in music. They have in their words “formed an almighty Acoustic duo”, bringing you a fresh unique sound, performing all your favourite songs from The Beatles to Mumford & Sons with a powerful Acoustic twist.

The Suspicious Pigeons 6:30pm–7:40pm

George, Luke, Andrew and Kern are The Suspicious Pigeons. Formed in late 2013, they have been creating a large following around Lincolnshire playing at a variety of Festivals, Charity and Private events. They are influenced by bands such as The Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones and Oasis, which you can hear in some of their original songs. They released their debut single “Money” in 2015, with an EP in the making.

The Unusual Suspects 8:40pm–10:00pm

Making their debut at Newark Beer Festival in 2004, this will be their third appearance, with this their first Headline gig. Originally a 3-piece, playing Acoustic Saxophone led songs, they have progressed into the 5-piece Blues based band of today. Bobby Haynes, Guitar & Vocals, Ian “Lobba” Dobbs on Bass & Vocals being the two remaining original members are now joined by Darren Pointing, Lead & Rhythm Guitar, James Manners, Lead & Rhythm Guitar & Vocals and Jacob Pointing on Drums. “We are not a dance band, but the tunes just make you want to”, so feel free to let yourselves go.

Sunday 28th May

Don’t Forget Rupert 2:00pm–3:00pm

Newark based band Don’t Forget Rupert close this year’s festival. They are an up and coming Indie Rock Band with a feel good persona and catchy melodies. This is Ben Martin’s second appearance at this Festival, joined by Lewis Henderson, Adam Nettleship and Lou Coe. They have just released their debut single ‘Long Time’, which can be heard on Spotify and other good music services.


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