Brewery dreams of a northern Glasto

Staff members (left to right) Ross Holland, Tom Oliver and Ron Colman seen at  Anarchy Brewery, Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth, where they are organising a music and beer keg festival.'REF 2806130312
Staff members (left to right) Ross Holland, Tom Oliver and Ron Colman seen at Anarchy Brewery, Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth, where they are organising a music and beer keg festival.'REF 2806130312
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THE first beer and music festival of its kind is set to take place next month, and organisers say it could become ‘the Glastonbury of the North’.

Mash Up, which has been organised by Stannington craft brewery Anarchy Brew Co, will feature 18 bands, including some who have performed at some of the country’s top festivals.

There will be three DJs and beer from ten different breweries to try.

Beer festivals are becoming increasingly popular across the country, but Dawn Miles, who set up Anarchy with her husband Simon, says this will be the first to put kegged beer in the spotlight.

“This will be the UK’s first ever craft keg beer and music festival,” she said. “It is the first time we have done anything like this.

“We have gone into partnership with nine other breweries, from Scotland to Cornwall and a couple from London.

“Normally there are festivals for casked beer, but we and the other nine breweries involved are promoting craft beer in a keg. We are putting live beer into kegs and we want to promote it.

“In the way that we brew it, we are also looking at a young market, so the festival is putting modern music with modern beers.”

Named after the mash ton used in brewing, Mash Up will run at the brewery’s base at the Whitehouse Farm Centre, using fields for stages.

Bands lined up include Sonic Boom Six, who are set to appear at the Leeds and Reading festivals, and The Algorithm, who performed at Download.

There will also be local bands and singers.

Mrs Miles said: “There are two bands coming to our festival who were booked for Download, Leeds and Reading, so we have really pushed the boat out in getting them to come to Morpeth.

“One of the bands also has the same music producer as Limp Bizkit and there is a band from the North East called Rossi Noise, which was on the main stage at Evolution.

“Then there are singers Hati and Savannah Betts so we have a good mix.”

The full line-up also includes Knuckle Dragger, Humanism, Wtchrs, Human Sacrifice Club, Child, Static Soul, This Ground Moves, Red Letters, Deerhart, Warning!, Mother Firefly, Reckoner, and Supanice and The Ruff Drafts.

DJs are Kevin Morris, DJ Infectiouz and Subnote.

In true festival style, there is also the option of camping on site.

Mrs Miles said: “The farm has given us a big field to use this year for camping, which is a great way to enjoy the festival. We are hoping this could become the festival of the North East and in ten years’ time it could be like Glastonbury. It could be the Glastonbury of the North of England because at the moment everybody has to travel down south for this type of festival. We hope to get about 1,000 people for the first one, but we have a massive field so we could take more if the ticket sales really take off.”

Breweries taking part are Alechemy, Cromarty, Signature Brew, Lovibonds, Red Willow, Tiny Rebel, Moor Beer, Harbour and Beavertown, which was set up by Bryon Plant, son of music star Robert.

The festival was initially planned to take place in April, but was postponed due to bad weather. It will now run from noon on Saturday, August 31, with bands playing until midnight.

Buses will be laid on from Tynemouth, Blyth and Morpeth to help people reach the site.

Tickets cost £15, with an extra £2.50 for camping. They are available on www.seetickets.com