The Great British Beer Festival isn’t just about beer. We have a whole host of entertainment such as rock, pop and alternative bands which appear alongside auctions, traditional pub games and Saturday’s Big Pub Quiz. A full programme of book signings and tutored tastings will be available to enhance your festival experience.
Tuesday 7th August
15:00 – 15:30
Festival Opening & CBOB Announcement
19:15 & 21:00
Festival favourites, Chaminade String Quartet; this quartet of classically trained musicians bring their vast and varied, unique repertoire of music to please all ages and most musical tastes.
Wednesday 8th August
13:30, 18:00 & 20:00
19:15 & 21:00
Wille and the Bandits
Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues rock three piece much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience. But in a similar way to how these bands pushed the genre in their time, Wille and the Bandits try to take their sound beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up.
Thursday 9th August – PLANET ROCK
Planet Rock has announced the music line up at their takeover event at the Great British Beer Festival, in a first for the annual festival.
Planet Rock, the largest rock radio station in the UK, is partnering with the Great British Beer Festival to bring a whole day of unforgettable entertainment to this year’s festival during its Thursday session.
Six bands will entertain festival-goers as they enjoy a selection of the hundreds of beers the festival has available.
Why not check them out on our dedicated #GBBF2018 Spotify playlist and get yourself into the mood for Thursday?
Fireroad are currently at the top of their game. After several arena shows and stadium shows with Stereophonics the band have a live show to match the power of their songs. The band have played with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blackberry Smoke in the USA and after six great years, they’ll be bringing their high-octane rock n’ roll to CAMRA.
Mollie Marriott (daughter of Small Faces and Humble Pie legend Steve Marriott and step-daughter to Joe Brown) proved her own musical credentials with the release of her critically acclaimed debut album “Truth Is A Wolf” in 2017; touring extensively alongside the likes of Paul Weller, Wilko Johnson and Dan Patlansky.
Described as a “fantastic guitar player” (Joe Bonamassa), Danny Bryant has been riding high on the European Blues scene for over 15 years. Guitar-driven Blues Rock at it’s best, mixing the old with the new and putting on live shows not to be missed. Blues Rock with passion.
The Dust Coda
Formed in 2015, The Dust Coda brings a rootsy, soulful, yet edge-driven hard rock n roll sound. They self-released their debut album to much high acclaim in October 2017 – Having secured festival slots at Planet Rock’s Wintersend, Ramblin Man Fair, Steelhouse Festival, and Hard Rock Hell – they now have even bigger plans for 2018.
Bad Touch have been an entity since late 2009. We draw our influences from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Black Crowes and Black Stone Cherry to name a few. As such, our sound is deeply rooted in Blues / Southern Rock, but we like to feel that we remain contemporary. We’ve recorded and self-released two studio albums, and have recently recorded a third, which is awaiting release as BT are newly-signed to Marshall Records. Our sound and ethos is all about having fun and if you want to know more you’ll have to come to a show!
Broken Witt Rebels
A heady blend of blues, soul, wailing rock guitar and deeply emotive vocals, this award-winning UK outfit have been busy winning hearts and minds with their self-titled debut album. Recent single “Loose Change” took a firm grip on the airwaves and supports with the likes of The Cadillac Three and Kaleo have quickly developed them a large and loyal following. #UTR
Friday 10th August
13:00 & 14:30
The Gary Fletcher Band
A founder and ever-present member of The Blues Band with Paul Jones, Tom McGuinness and Dave Kelly, Gary’s music straddles blues, Americana and folk. When not working solo he showcases some exceptional musicians in either duo, trio or full band guises. The Gary Fletcher Band (GFB) has had 3 principal line-ups that have played with Gary since it’s inception including names such as Rob Townsend, Steve Ling and Jack Fletcher to name a few, the full line-ups can be found on his website.
13:45, 18:00 & 20:00
19:15 & 21:00
The Mods & Rockers Show
The show brings you a night of classic songs by artists including The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, T. Rex, Eddie Floyd, The Equals, Toots & The Maytals, The Small Faces, Mott the Hoople, Chris Montez, The Animals, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Procol Harum … plus many more. The Mods & Rockers Show is brought to you by Johnny Warman’s Magic Bus – one of the UK’s most energetic and entertaining bands. The band has written and performed with many top international artists, including Elton John, David Bowie, Ringo Starr, Peter Gabriel, Asia, Julian Lennon, ABC, Cheap Trick, Bruce Springsteen and Foo Fighters.
Saturday 11th August
12:15, 14:00 & 16:00
Chiltern Hills Brass Band
For your entertainment throughout the Saturday of the festival are the Chiltern Hills Brass Band. The Band is currently graded as First Section in the National Brass Band Registry and performs many concerts during the year, interspaced with fetes and festivals and plays at a number of charity functions. Last year the band expressed their delight at being asked to take part in the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration parade. With a wide repertoire, there will be something for everyone.