Festival Wristbands 2019
Festival Wristbands now on sale!!
As in previous years the festival will remain free-to-enter and to help us do this festival wristbands will be on sale again this year.
There's two kinds on sale this year (see below for details) allowing the wearer to enjoy up to £1 off a pint of beer and discounts on other drinks!
* dependant on the drink - full price lists will be displayed in the beer tent.
Please note: The wristband scheme is for alcoholic drinks only. Soft drinks and mineral water are the same price with or without a wristband.
Online orders for wristbands will finish at 4.30pm on Thursday 13th June - buy yours now!
Welcome to Dentdale Music and Beer Festival 2019
With June nearly upon us and festival preparations in full swing it's hard to believe that it's been nearly 10 years since the very first festival.
It's over a year ago now since we lost a true hero and the 'Chairman of Chairmans' - Roger McClurg. To say Roger has been missed would be a great understatement as even at festival committee meetings in the depths of winter we've drawn the curtains tight, held hands in a circlish-shape and hummed the theme tune from 'Tales of the Unexpected' with the hope of guidance from the astral plane - one night we were convinced we had made contact but it just turned out to be another of those cheap energy-saving lightbulbs.
Anyway, now the permafrost's melted and we're heading towards those heady days of summer, there'll be no surprise that as it's our 10th Anniversary we've been cherry-picking some of the best music and beers from the last decade for your enjoyment. So raise a glass with friends old and new and we'll see you at the end of June. Speaking of drinks... where can I get £1 off each and every drink I hear you cry - look no further than the next paragraph...
Wristbands are now on sale (see side panel), order now and head straight on down to the bar!
The festival is run purely on a voluntary basis and by volunteering as little as an hour of your time over the festival weekend you can make a big difference to the sustainability of the festival.
Get involved by emailing us on email@example.com
A big thank you to everyone who's already offered their help and support.
Full Music Programme 2019
Friday night features traditional dance music as it's supposed to be with Pons Aelius, the classic reggae/ska of festival-favourites Trenchtown UK, riff-based retro Mod Punk Soul Funk outfit The Convulsions, harmony-laden west coast americana indie-pop band mylittlebrother, and kicking the whole thing off with female harmonies like the sirens of old are Lancaster band The Broken-Hearted Few.
Saturday afternoon sees the return of 'The Yorkshire Songwriter' - Roger Davies and His Band, The Wierdstring Band - a folky, comic cabaret of a band singing about anything from love and time travel to the ancient art of Worm Charming, our sing-along favourites Acoustic Routes, the one-man musical marvel that is Blanty, acoustic-folk-rock heroes The Hall Brothers and the songs of the pupils of Dent Primary School.
Saturday night features the truly-infectious sunshine-rhythms of Bhundu Boy Rise Kagona and the Jit Jive Band, the amazingly talented acoustic rockers The Jonny Oates Band, western swing supremos The 309s, a festival debut featuring the catchy melodies and blistering musicianship of rockers Under A Banner, and all topped off with our resident house band The Dog Roses.
Heading up Sunday we have local singer songwriter Molly. who made her festival debut back in 2012 and now performs all over the UK hitting off venues and festivals such as the O2 in Islington, The Castle in Manchester, Kendal Calling and the BBC introducing stage at Highest Point Festival.
Nick Harper brings his new show '58 Fordwych Road' to our festival stage, taking place in a small London flat in the 1960s that was the home of up-and-coming singer-songwriter Roy Harper and late-night hangout for legends of the acoustic scene such as Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, John Renbourn, Paul Simon, Marc Bolan, and Sandy Denny. But all along, there was someone else there …. a toddler, part of the family, inhaling the music and absorbing the vibe; Roy’s young son, Nick Harper. In the show he plays tribute to the time, the place and the music that became the centre of everything for him..
Also on Sunday we've got virtuoso flamenco duo De Fuego, indie-folk-rock group with a bluegrass twist Hiroshima Twinkie and wholesome harmonies from The Ginjammers.
Bring on the beer...
As it's been nearly two full years since the last festival, tracking down some key personnel has been tricky. The 'Two Bobs', our resident real ale afficionados were so distraught at the thought of not having over 30 great real ales to try that they were last seen heading into the wilds above Gawthrop, where strange bubbling sounds and yeasty smells have been drifting down from the hillsides ever since. It was only through one last desperate attempt to coax them out with CAMRA discount cards, brand new festival glasses and a carefully laid trail of Punk IPA cans that we were able to flush 'em out, clean 'em up and put 'em to work doing what they do best - bringing together the festival ale selection.
They won't tell me exactly what they've ordered but I managed to take a peek without 'em knowing and names such as Nettle Thrasher, Schiehallion, Jarl, Pale Rider, and Dark Side of the Moose leapt forth from the page!
To make sure that the festival can go ahead in a safe manner, all camping will now need to be booked in advance through our local campsites which are listed on our community website - www.dentdale.com.
Please note: The festival itself doesn't provide camping or accommodation, and takes no responsibility for camping and accommodation provided by others.
Due to the very limited parking available in Dent village a dedicated festival car park will be available at Millbeck Farm - located a few hundred yards from the festival site on the Sedbergh-Dent road. For more information please contact Millbeck Farm on (015396) 25424.
This year, once again our transport division with help from the Western Dales Community Bus will be covering selected services between Dent Station and Dent Village.
If you're thinking of travelling to and from the festival by train please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a seat on the bus.