ENTERTAINMENT

Grab a beer and join us at our festival stage for some great live music! Our line-up of bands will keep you entertained all afternoon and into the evening.

TUESDAY 2 AUGUST

FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS

18:00

Fisherman’s Friends, Britain’s favourite buoy band will be performing. Straight in from Cornwall, the sea-shanty singing band are being brought to you by Tribute ale – the official beer of Fisherman’s Friends. With Fisherman’s Friends 2: One and All movie launching in cinemas nationwide on 9th August it’s going to be great to have them joining us at GBBF.

CHAMINADE

19:15 & 21:00

One of the most established String Quartets working in the field of background music, Chaminade was originally formed in 1990 with the financial backing of the Prince’s Youth Business Trust, following professional training at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Chaminade has a unique, fully comprehensive and constantly expanding repertoire, encompassing music suitable for most occasions and appealing to all ages and musical tastes.

WEDNESDAY 3 AUGUST

Wednesday afternoon is the Festivals Quiet session so there will be no music on the stage

SILENT DISCO

18:00 – 21:30

The silent disco phenomenon is taking over at the Great British Beer Festival this year! Free of eardrum shattering speakers and run solely on wireless headphones, we’ll have a DJ bringing you three different channels of music to dance the night away to. 

Headsets can be picked up at the stage for a £10 deposit. 

THURSDAY 4 AUGUST

PIG & BONGO

13:00 & 14:45

The genre is fun gritty homespun hokum and primitive jazz, we will be performing singalong songs about love and the gospel of beer.

MARTIN JACKSON

19:15 & 21:00

Martin Jackson is a solo acoustic singer and guitarist based in Nottingham. Although a proficient songwriter, Martin takes delight in entertaining people with cover songs as part of making an event even more special through the performance of live music.

Stemming from his diverse music taste, Martin prides himself on being highly adaptable. His soaring vocal, creative guitar arrangements and outrageous live looping cover a wide range of styles – he regularly performs sets of well known rock, pop, indie, blues, jazz, soul and folk songs, all depending on the type of event. Capable of laidback crooning, cheeky jazz flourishes, upbeat party vibes or full throttle rock n roll – Martin delivers the goods, and all performed with sincerity and passion.

FRIDAY 5 AUGUST

SYN CITY ROCKERS

13:00 & 14:45

Berkshire based hard rock band celebrating the music of AC/DC and Thin Lizzy.

SWALLOW

19:15 & 21:00

Formed in 2002 and based in Reading, Berkshire, classic rock covers band Swallow started life as the brainchild of vocalist Jane ‘Jetblack’ Setter and bass player Diane ‘Mistress Mercy’ Fox. 

Old school friends and best mates, Jane and Di had only had fleeting chances to play together (including gecko hunting in Thailand, carousing in Hong Kong and numerous parties in Thanet – centre of the universe!) until Jane moved to Reading. Guitarist Nick Martin and drummer Adrian Ogden joined us, with occasional appearances from Moray Macdonald on keyboards … and Swallow is the result.

Swallow has most recently played venues around Reading such as The Butler, The Plough and The Good Companions, and has appeared at the Reading Beer Festival in 2003, 2004, headlining from 2013 to 2018, and the Lion Rally in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Our motto? “We just like to ROCK”

SATURDAY 6 AUGUST

CHILTERN HILLS BRASS BAND

12:15, 14:00 & 16:00

Chiltern Hills are a friendly brass band based in Cressex near High Wycombe. We practice Mondays and Thursdays.
The band was known as Denham Hendon Brass until March 2013. DHB was formed by the amalgamation of Denham Brass and the Hendon Band in April 1998.
We are currently graded as 1st Section in the National Brass Band Registry.