Festival heralds merry month of May

Emmott and the Folkestra
Emmott and the Folkestra

A huge line up of musicians have been announced for this year’s Kirkby Lonsdale Beer and Music Festival.

The event was a resounding success last year, with two outdoor covered stages allowing music to continue during the day and night virtually without pause.

This year, the event, which is free entry, takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend on May 2, 3 and 4 at Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club, with camping and caravanning available on the site too.

The line-up includes Emmot & the Folkestra, Chuck Fish, Sad Eyed Puffins, Room Full of Mirrors, Killer Bunny, Joe McCorriston and the Blockbuster Blues, Molly Warburton, Massive Wagons, Gritty Britain, N’Dodo and Marties among at least 30 others.

The event will run from Friday evening, starting at 7pm, with Elvis impersonator Stevie Las Vegas in the clubhouse.

Organisers said: “This is a small free music festival, with a great atmosphere, set in an absolutely stunning location, showcasing many talented local musicians. The sofas and Persian rugs will also be returning, and we hope to have a brilliant weekend.

“Campers and caravaners are welcome, but we do ask them to book in advance, which is £25 for the weekend, or £10 a night.”

Saturday from 12.30pm will see music emenating from two marquees, similar to last year’s set up, but with a new larger marquee and a bar serving around 20 traditional ciders and over 30 real ales. Music to suit all tastes includes a carnival band, heavy metal, jazz/funk, tropical pop, traditional Irish music and many more. Music ends around midnight on the Saturday, and kicks off again at 12.30pm on the Sunday until 11pm.

There will also be a number of stalls selling art, crafts and gifts together with festival food from the clubhouse kitchens, face painting and an old fashioned ice cream cart. On Sunday Smile Factor 10 will provide a display of kites.

For more information on bands check out Kirkby Lonsdale Beer and Music Festival on Facebook.