Sadly this year’s Newark Beer Festival is taking place without festival stalwart Nigel Brown, who passed away last October. Nigel worked tirelessly along-side myself, backstage and behind the scenes for many years.
His life-long interest in rock music made him a familiar face around the local music scene, his infectious enthusiasm rubbing off on many that came into contact with him. For the duration of the festival Nigel helped preserve the smooth running of the bands backstage, parking, unloading, loading and readying them for sound check, I will miss his help and personality greatly, as I’m sure many others will.
Nigel would have celebrated his 49th Birthday on the opening day of the Beer Festival this year and as a tribute to his many years of selfless service to myself and the crew, the stage at the festival will now be named The Nigel Brown Stage. I would also like to dedicate all this year’s entertainment to Nigel’s memory – rock on mate.
Duncan Neil, Entertainments Manager, Newark Beer Festival.