Rhythm and booze in Middle Earth

Rambunkshus bring the best of Motown and Northern Soul.
Rambunkshus bring the best of Motown and Northern Soul.

Real ale and real music combine once again for the latest Middle Earth Beer and Music Festival at Hurst Green, starting today.

Inspired by J.R.R.Tolkien’s connection with Stonyhurst College, the four-day Hobbit-themed event based at Hurst Green Memorial Hall will feature 40 beers from all over the country, some familiar and some rarely seen in this part of the country, along with craft ciders

Live performances run from this evening (Thursday) through Friday and Saturday until after 4pm on Sunday, with evening and afternoon sets of swing, jazz, hillbilly, rock, blues and original acoustic songwriters.

On Saturday and Sunday there will also be family fun days in the adjoining field and marquee.

Local crafts persons will give displays and offer products for sale, including “have a go” with Blackburn Archery, wood sculptor and chainsaw artist Ian Freemantle, E and M Glass Blowing, Stokes traditional blacksmiths, and food and craft stalls.

The music line-up is:

Thursday: Acclaimed singer-songwriter Emma Stevens plus young Whalley-based duo Remedy. Doors open 6pm, music 8pm, tickets £8.

Friday: Rambunkshus, lively Motown and Northern Soul covers band, plus soul DJ. Doors 6 pm, music around 7pm, tickets £6.

Saturday daytime (£3 entry, children free) from 10.45 am: Mike Kneafsey of Sweeney Astray, Peter Aldridge, Blanty, Mog Stanley, George Harris, Bad Cardigan, Western Valley Hot Club.

Saturday evening: Swing Commanders presenting jazz, 1940s classics, boogie-woogie, western swing, 50s jump jazz and more. Doors 7 pm, music from 9 pm, tickets £10.

Sunday (£3 entry, children free) from 11 am: Colin Liptrot, Brother Bastion, David Jaggs of The Ragamuffins, Sean Keefe and the Hostages, The Jack Ratts.

Full weekend tickets covering all events are £22.



Swing with a zing from The Swing Commanders.

Rambunkshus bring the best of Motown and Northern Soul.