Festival Bands 2022


Newark Beer Festival is about more than drinking. A quality beer or cider is usually enjoyed more if it’s accompanied by a foot tapping tune or two and we have that perfect mix this weekend. 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. For those of you who prefer to sample their beers without music in the air, we have designated Thursday afternoon as a music-free session. You’ll be able to enjoy your tipple in relative serenity until early evening!
Please note the list of performers and timings may be subject to last minute changes due to circumstances beyond our control.


Thursday 26th May

3pm – 3:30pm QUIZ

Time to stir the cerebral cortex with today’s edition.

6pm – 7:30pm Lynz Crichton

Getting the musical proceedings underway this year, Lynz Crichton is a proudly independent, award-winning singer-songwriter and producer from Nottingham. Her style is reminiscent of female musicians like Jewel, Alison Krauss, or Aimee Mann, but she has always loved artists like KT Tunstall and Grace Potter too, and that definitely feeds through to her own music. She is part of the new wave of independent musicians where friends of her music are at the centre of everything she does, and in the last few years she has managed to grab the attention of over 30k followers on Twitter alone.

8:30pm – 10:00pm TFI 90s

TFI 90s as the name suggests, brings you all the best music from the Brit Pop era including covers of tunes by Oasis, Blur, The Verve, Catatonia and Pulp along with many others.


Friday 27th May

3pm – 3:30pm QUIZ

Excite the encephalon with today’s instalment.

4:00pm – 5:15pm The Retronauts

The Retronauts, comprising Eion on vocals & Dave on guitar and vocals, is an experienced Newark-based acoustic duo covering mostly songs that get overlooked by other cover bands. Specializing in 90s and early 2000s rock music, they also drop in other songs that they like too. They perform both locally and farther afield within the East Midlands region.

6pm – 7:30pm The Frandells

Occupying the middle slot this Friday, The Frandells is a Midlands-based covers band specialising in giving your favourite songs a fun, distinctive twist. Having been talent-spotted at last year’s Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival, these guys are more usually to be found performing at functions and weddings in addition to beer festivals! The four members — Fran, Jono, Darren and Drew — each have years of experience performing at many types of events at some of the UK’s premier venues and hotels, including the mag-nificent surroundings of Belvoir Castle. They have delighted many corporate clients including Toyota, Leicester City Football Club, Experian, Alea Casino and Next. The Frandells, guarantee a dynamic and unforgettable experience, from the moment you hear the first note to the final encore.

8:30pm – 10pm Rebel Rebel

This year’s headliner won’t be easily forgotten. Rebel Rebel perform the classic songs from David Bowie’s golden years. This six piece band captures all of the energy and brilliance of the Bowie legend and his many alter egos. From Ashes to Ashes to Ziggy Stardust, calling at many station to stations in-between, the band lovingly recreate Bowie’s unique catalogue of masterworks. A fusion of Sound and Vision incorporating dance, mime, costumes and props ensures that Rebel Rebel provides a thrilling Bowie experience. Suffice to say the show they put on is of a high standard and leaves the audience wanting more and more!


Saturday 28th May

3pm – 3:30pm QUIZ

Final opportunity of the weekend to exercise the grey matter.

4:00pm – 5:15pm Duckfoot Vic and the Newark Town Trad Band

‘Duckfoot Vic and the Newark Town Trad Band’ is a group of instrument-making students who love to play tunes! They play a mix of traditional, bluegrass and
old-time tunes and songs. Each performer has a different background of playing, and they come from various places throughout Europe. These instrumentmaking
students in Newark have played in their local: Just Beer, every Tuesday for a long time so are delighted to be carrying on the tradition. “We can’t wait to play
for ye!”

6pm – 7:30pm The Frankie Cox Band

Getting the evening’s revelry underway, Frankie Cox Band are an established three-piece Rock’n’Pop covers outfit from the Midlands playing a mixture of ‘Dad Rock’ covers. Expect a range of material with songs by The Jam to Del Amitri, Travelling Wilburys to Talking Heads and all points West!

8:30pm – 10pm Sammy & the Dolphins

This year’s Saturday headliner is local band Sammy & the Dolphins. Aficionados of Newark Beer Festival entertainment will probably remember the core band members performing an acoustic set as Albion Rose some years back.


Staging, P.A. and Lighting supplied and operated by Forefront Productions.
Quizzes researched, compiled and presented by Mark Taylor.