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FESTIVAL fun will come in a double package at a new event near Stannington.

Anarchy Brew Co has come up with the idea to blend the growing craft ale scene with a range of bands from across Northumberland and the North East.

The main organiser of next month’s outdoor Mash Up Festival, which will take place at the Whitehouse Farm Centre where the company is based, is Ross Holland.

As well as working for the micro brewery, he plays in a band (Rossi Noise).

“I got to know the people at Anarchy Brew Co through my previous job at Newcastle-based NARC. Magazine, where after speaking to them on the phone they agreed to advertise in the publication,” he said.

“They asked if I could help with its Christmas party and I booked a few bands to appear at the visitor centre, including the one I’m in.

“I was laid off by the magazine at the end of 2012, but because the event went really well and the brewery was expanding its operations, I was asked to join the team.”

“We think the time is right to put on such a festival. Some will come just for the beer on offer and others will be more interested in the music, but either way it should be a great day.

“All the craft-produced beers we make will be available and there are six guest breweries, so there will be plenty of choice.

“As well as giving Northumberland groups the chance to play on a bigger stage, we will also be bringing up bands from Newcastle.

“All types of music will be covered, such as rock, dance, rap, hip hop, electronic and ska.

“Hopefully, if the event is successful, we can hold it again next year and make it bigger.”

The bands that will be playing on Saturday, April 27, between noon and midnight, include Human Sacrifice Club, This Ground Moves, Deerhart, Supanice, B>E>A>K, Static Soul, Infectiouz, We Are Knuckle Dragger, Humanism, 
Patched Up Heroes, Gallery Circus, Warning! and Reckoner.

Tickets are priced £15.

There will be two stages in an area used by the centre as an overflow car park and camping on a nearby field, costing £2.50 per person, can be paid for on the gate.

The total capacity for the festival is 499. For more information about the event, including how to buy tickets, telephone 01670 789755 or visit www.facebook.com/AnarchyMashUpFestival

Anarchy Brew Co was set up just over a year ago by Simon and Dawn Miles. Key to their plans is attracting younger drinkers in their 20s and 30s who are willing to give real ale a try.