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.
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.
7.15pm & 9pm
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.
6pm – 10pm
The Spinners Legends
Since The Spinners Folk Group went their separate ways in 1988 Hughie Jones and Mick Groves continued as soloists until 2018, when a call came suggesting a reforming of the surviving members plus Musical Director ‘Count’ John McCormick. This was the birth of The Spinners Legends. Two sell out concerts at the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Music Room followed.
This surprise success led to numerous requests from up and down the country. A Spinners Legends album added to nationwide interest and concerts elsewhere followed, so here at The Great British Beer Festival they are happy to appear, especially Hughie and ‘Count’ John.
1pm & 2.30pm
The Bogus Brothers
The Bogus Brothers are simply the ultimate party band! With a high-energy show filled with humour and mad onstage antics (in their trademark kilts), they are guaranteed to bring the party to any event. Years of touring the world and playing at everything from rock festivals to stately homes, celebrity parties, major sports venues have resulted in a lively, entertaining show with something for everyone. Just back from a very successful European tour, this 5-piece from Yorkshire are ready to rock the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival.
7.15pm & 9pm
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”
1pm & 3.15pm
Bulsara & His Queenies
Bulsara and His Queenies are a remarkable 7-piece band that perform the music of Queen to an exceptional and spine-tingling standard.
Made up of young music graduates and a former physics teacher, they have their own identity: not quite what is expected of your typical ‘Queen Tribute Band’. There are no wigs, no yellow jacket and no attempt to look like Queen.
The quality of the musicianship is world class. Lead vocalist Gareth Taylor’s vocal resemblance to Freddie Mercury is extraordinary. Backed by superb vocal harmonies and a meticulously accurate back line, lead guitarist Robert Hudson’s ability to recreate the classic ‘Brian May sound’ has to be heard to be believed.
7.45pm & 9pm
Fulham Brass Band
Formed in 1895, Fulham Brass Band has a long history of music making and strong links with the community. Its 27-strong team plays an exciting mix of events such as high profile TV appearances, including Britain’s Got Talent, Big Brother, BBC Breakfast and This Morning, alongside the traditional diary of community engagements and competitions. A small ensemble from the group appeared in Disney’s Christopher Robin, starring Ewan McGregor.
As one of the most central London brass bands, its friendly, sociable and ambitious team has welcomed players from all over the world and has become the playing ‘home’ for many people moving to the Capital to work or study. In recent years, the band has gone from strength to strength, climbing the banding divisions and, from January 2020, will enter the tier of competition, the Championship Section. As well as many competition achievements, the band has enjoyed collaborations with principal players from the Royal Scottish and Philharmonic Orchestras, and performed over 30 shows at the Royal Court Theatre in the Summer of 2018.
12.15pm, 2pm & 4pm